Monthly Archives: September 2013

Logging Approved in Pisgah National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service says it will allow logging on about 430 acres of the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. The forest service also said it will use herbicides thin another 350 acres.   District Ranger Derek Ibarguen

Market Summary: NC Cash Beans Fall

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1448 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to $5.00 lower, feeder steers trended mostly steady to $10.00 higher, and heifers trended

Market Recap: Wheat Futures Gain for the Fourth Day

U.S. hog futures pared losses into the close Thursday, but still ended the session lower as traders scaled back bullish bets ahead of a closely watched quarterly supply report due out today. Hog futures have been pushed to new contract

Carolina Tobacco Season Nearly a Wrap

The 2013 tobacco season is all but in the books, and Don Nicholson, Region 7 Agronomist for NCDA, covering Harnett, Wilson, Wake, Johnston and Wayne Counties says like most row crops in the state, it wasn’t without its challenges: “We’ve

Long-range Weather Outlook Still Unclear

Here we are looking at the first of October, and September has been cool, but dry, not unlike the summer, which was also cool, but wet. So, what does the weather hold for October and November as farmers try to

NC State Economist Mike Walden – Do We Ever Have Enough?

Our economy runs on consumer’s spending money. We saw during the recession that when consumers stopped spending, the economy sinks. But is there ever a point in time where someone might say, “I have enough,” and then curtail how much

Virginia Announces More Than $450,000 In Specialty Crop Grants

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has announced funding for 19 agriculture-related projects that will promote and enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops. The projects resulted from the competitive grant process established by VDACS for USDA

N.C. Forest Service using wasps to fight emerald ash borer

The N.C. Forest Service is enlisting a small, stingless wasp in its battle with the invasive emerald ash borer. On Thursday, Dr. Kelly Oten will release a species of parasitoid wasp that can kill emerald ash borer larvae. The wasp

Market Summary: Demand for NC Fruits & Vegetables Tapering Off

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 614 cattle and 47 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended 1.50 to 5.00 lower; bulls were mixed, 2.00 lower to 50 cents higher. The North Carolina broiler-fryer market

Market Recap: Wheat Futures Close at Highest Level in 15 Weeks

U.S. lean hog futures surged Wednesday as investors who bet the price would fall closed positions amid signs of strong demand for pork and tight animal inventories. The approved sale of pork processing giant Smithfield Foods Inc. to Shuanghui International