Preventing Spray Drift

Herbicide-resistant weeds have become more prevalent and the importance of using multiple modes of action to manage them has increased. It is vital that products are applied according to the label and with stewardship in mind, so that spray drift doesn’t damage neighboring crops. Managing spray drift is critical to preventing herbicide injury on non-target…

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Preemption Does Not Put Production Systems in Conflict

A bill that recently passed both the House and Senate of the North Carolina General Assembly would preempt local government authorities from banning plants, seeds and plant parts in their jurisdictions. Some advocates of organic farming systems have suggested that the legislation will harm organic producers. They reason that with the legislation in place, organic…

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Precision Ag is Dependent on Many Technologies

The tools of farmers are becoming so precise that almost unheard of issues (for farmers) are moving to the forefront. Farmers have adapted Global Position System (GPS) technology just like engineers, surveyors, and the military. Unlike Joe and Susy Sixpack in the family wagon, who also have adapted GPS for plotting the course to the…

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Position Announcement: Research Coordinator

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is seeking applicants for the permanent, full time position of Research Coordinator to lead the association’s research effort. The position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and works with the association’s board, research committee and staff to manage strategic investments in soybean research projects. The position is responsible for…

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Planting Technology Helps Farmers Be More Efficient

Planting technology has come a long way in recent years and farmers can benefit from optimal seed placement with increased yields. Randy Traylor, an assistant director of agriculture programs and former extension machinery specialist at Oklahoma State University, has tracked the improvements in technology and its impacts on agriculture. He recently discussed planting technology Q&As in THIS…

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PhiloSOYphy Website Busts Soy Myths

In today’s world, myths about agriculture are plentiful. Soy Connection produced videos to bust common soy myths and address health professionals’ top concerns surrounding soy, including risk of breast cancer, feminization in men and genetically engineered crops. The videos, which feature USB Sustainability Target Area Coordinator Nancy Kavazanjian (Wisconsin) and soy health expert Mark Messina,…

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Out & About- Nov 11th-15th

JOCO Works 2019 During the week of November 11th, Johnston County “JOCO Works 2019” hosted its first Career Expo at the Johnston Community College campus in Smithfield, N.C.  There were approximately 4,000 eighth grade students, teachers, school administrators, parents, industry leaders, and volunteers attending the expo on November 14-15, 2019.  Those students were from public…

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Optimizing Planting Date and Maturity Group

Soybean producers and consultants have been trying to push the yield limits on modern, high-yielding soybean varieties in recent years. One means of improving yields is by being strategic about planting timing and maturity group selection, which play a major role in achieving maximum yield potential in a given year. Weather is ultimately the driving…

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