Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pecan orchard to serve as classroom on Clemson Campus

Clemson University’s newest classroom will have no desks, no chairs and no white board — just trees. It is a five-acre pecan grove that soon will greet visitors along the university’s main northeast entrance. The outdoor educational lab will used

Week of Sun and Good Weather Allow SC Farmers to Catch Up

In the latest crop progress report for South Carolina for the week ended April 27th, there were 5.8 days suitable for field work.  Soil moisture ratings were reported at 11% short, 83% adequate and 6% surplus.  William Hardee in Horry

Cattle Prices Jump at Livestock Auctions

At the 3 livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 2483 cattle and 18 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to $3.00 lower, feeder steers trended $2.00 to $18.50 higher, and heifers

Weed Free NC Program Seeing Success with Resistant Weeds

The Weed Free NC Program is just about 18 months old, and Wes Everman, Weed Science Specialist with NC State Extension says the program is being embraced by ag producers across the state: “I have seen a very positive response

Smithfield Parent Cancels IPO

Smithfield parent WH Group has postponed its already reduced initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange citing deteriorating market conditions. “In light of deteriorating market conditions and recent excessive market volatility, the company, having consulted the joint sponsors,

Ag Secretary Vilsack Calling on House of Representatives to Begin Immigration Reform Process

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is once again calling on congress to work on immigration reform stating that the impacts to agriculture are affecting the rest of the US economy: “We are not fully utilizing the agricultural production capacity and the

NC State Economist Mike Walden: Shale Gas Developments & Home Prices

The extraction of natural gas using underground drilling techniques — generally called fracking — is very controversial. Supporters say it will help the country to become energy independent, while detractors worry about environmental and health issues, says host Mary Walden.

Water Police, Part Five: EPA’s Definition of ‘Other Waters’

EPA is defending their new proposal to define the ‘Waters of the United States’ in the Clean Water Act. At a competing website EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, in a guest editorial, defended her agency’s plan, writing: “Some in the agricultural

NC Cash Soybeans Trend Higher

At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 1,273 cattle and 49 goats were sold.  Compared to the previous week, boning type slaughter cows trended steady to 1.00 lower.  Slaughter bulls trended mixed, 4.00 lower to

Hyde County Mom Selected Regional Winner for America’s Farmers’ Mom Award

American Agri-Women and Monsanto’s America’s Farmer’s Mom program announced their five regional winners Friday, and North Carolina’s Bethany Pugh, of Middle Creek Farms in Englehard in Hyde County is the southeast regional winner.  She explains how she was nominated: “Natalie