How to Cut Machinery Repair Costs

Want to keep your machinery repair costs down? The best way is to have a plan in place for maintenance and repair, which will also minimize losses due to down-time. Some tips to do this are: Learn about your equipment and understand the regular maintenance recommended. Use a checklist to ensure service work and regular…

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Herbicide Trait Options for 2020

The 2020 growing season brings a number of options when it comes to herbicide-tolerant technology. With different traits available, herbicide trait technology is a critical part of the variety selection decision. Growers must weigh many factors, namely weed management, risk tolerance and overall profitability, when deciding which herbicide trait package is the best fit for…

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Herbicide Lookup Tool App Now Available

Take Action on Weeds has debuted a new herbicide lookup tool app that allows users to identify the site of action classification, and will also show other herbicides that fall into the same site of action. Ultimately, this will help farmers diversify their herbicide strategy and effectively control troublesome herbicide-resistant weeds. The Take Action on…

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Harvest Tips

CLICK HERE for a collection of seasonal resources to help with harvest. It includes everything from information on safety to combine maintenance to grain storage and things to remember at the elevator.

Harvest Aids

With the unpredictable threat of tropical weather and the pressures of harvesting large acreage, the question of whether or not to use chemical application to hasten maturity often arises in N.C. soybean production. Several factors need to be considered when deciding whether the application of a harvest aid makes sense, including avoiding grain loss due…

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Going Old School to Get Rid of Weeds

Over the past two decades, the convenience and effectiveness of post-emergence glyphosate applications led many farmers to abandon past approaches to weed control, which included using a variety of herbicide and tillage options. Increasing pressure from glyphosate-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth have weed experts promoting a return to more diverse practices, similar to those used…

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Getting the Most Out of Herbicide Applications

Want your herbicide applications to be as effective as possible? Here are a few tips. Know the weeds you are trying to control. Armed with the knowledge of what weeds are most problematic, you can use weed response tables and weed control guides, available through universities and companies, to make the best decisions. For post-emergence…

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Getting Ahead of Weeds and the Weather

While weeds are dormant, it is important to keep a close watch on the weather and weeds as to gauge the impact of weather on emergence and control. Weather can change when and how weeds germinate, and a sequential program of residual herbicide can help. Scout fields early for the presence of winter annual weeds…

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Fungicide Timing

As many of our beans move into reproductive stages, now is the time to begin scouting for disease and thinking about fungicide applications. If, when and how often to apply fungicides are questions all soybean growers face. To help answer these questions the NCSPA sponsored research with a group of crop consultants in eastern N.C.…

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Fungicide Classification Chart

Repeated use of fungicides with the same mode of action can result in the selection of fungicide-resistant strains of plant pathogens. CLICK HERE to get a fungicide classification chart that¬† groups fungicides and fungicide premixes by their mode of action. Use it to assist in the selection of fungicides to maintain greater diversity in fungicide…

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Frogeye Leaf Spot

Frogeye leaf spot (FLS) is a common foliar disease in North Carolina soybeans especially in our Northeastern and Piedmont counties. Frogeye leaf spot is a fungus caused by the pathogen Cercospora sojina. It can infect soybean plants at any stage of development, but disease most often occurs after flowering. The disease is most serious during…

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