Monthly Archives: June 2013

Farmers should take caution before burning crop residue

The wet, cool spring caused delayed harvest of winter wheat and other grains, and now farmers may be looking to burn off crop residue to be able to switch crops more quickly. However, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says that farmers

Soil Sampling Post Wheat Harvest Strongly Recommended

Due to wet weather, small grain harvest is running about a week behind schedule. Although growers are anxious to get full-season crops planted, it may be worth their while to take time to collect soil samples directly following harvest. The

Market Recap: NC Cucumbers Finish Shipping

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 486 cattle and 72 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to 4.50 higher; bulls were mixed, 8.50 lower to 2.00 higher. The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was

Market Summary: Wheat Futures Fall on Harvest News in the Plains

Lean-hog futures at the CME were mostly lower Wednesday. Views by some traders that prices may have hit a seasonal peak early in the week likely led to additional selling interest. July lean hogs fell 2 to 99.95 the August

Carolina Corn Crop Showing Promise

Despite a rocky start, North Carolina’s corn crop is starting to tassle and silk right on time says Kent Messick, Chief of NCDA’s Agronomic Division: “I saw some in the western part of the state earlier this week that was


Recently, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hosted more than 50 young cattlemen and women to participate in the 34th Young Cattlemen’s Conference. Mike Cox, Jones & Cox Cattle Company in Burlington, NC was one of the group: “I was approached by

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – Some Good Deficit News

It’s an understatement to say the federal deficit has been a big issue in recent years. Now, the latest forecasts show some improvement may be on the way. What’s happening? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. “The deficit is

Crop Condition Looks Good as Corn Emergence Nears Completion

The U.S. corn crop is maturing rapidly and remains in good condition according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Since last week, corn emergence came within three points of the five-year average, with 96 percent of the

Commissioner Hugh Weathers Calls for Bi-partisan Support of a Farm Bill

Last week final passage of the 2013 Farm Bill failed with a 195-234 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Farmers across the nation rely on the stability a farm bill provides. Therefore, passage of a comprehensive farm bill is

Field Trials Describe Methods To Control Herbicide-Resistant Weeds In Soybeans

When weeds become resistant to herbicides, the advantage of growing herbicide-resistant crops is lost. Farming practices that limit the emergence of resistant weeds offer another means of control and thwart weeds' effect on crop production. Finding the right combinations of