Monthly Archives: June 2014

July is Got to Be NC Agriculture Month

Farmers across North Carolina are in full swing, bringing their fresh fruits and vegetables to market. Those farmers are part of the state’s $78-billion agriculture industry. In recognition of agriculture’s importance as the state’s top industry, Gov. Pat McCrory has

NC Cash Wheat Gains as Harvest Continues

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 632 cattle and 2 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended $6.00 to $13.00 higher, feeder steers trended sharply higher, and heifers trended sharply higher when compared to the previous

NC Senate Working on Ag Records Release

State senators agree that more records should be released when North Carolina farms are investigated for environmental violations, a change from their initial recommendation last week.  Ag legislation approved unanimously Thursday by the full Senate makes complaints and investigatory records

Winter Wheat Yields Surprising Producers

This year’s winter wheat crop has been a marathon, with what has seemed one production problem after the other, mostly weather related.  Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association says for all the trials and

Green Snap Affecting a Few South Carolina Corn Fields

South Carolina’s corn crop has been relatively trouble free this year, but Kevin Phillips, Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and Georgia says a couple of issues have shown up in the last week or so: “Starting over

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Understanding Interest Rates”

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program tries to understand interest rates.  Mike, whenever there’s a discussion about the economy, the topic of interest rates usually comes up.  Why are interest

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Consumer Confusion”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you. And now for

Is EPA Telling the Truth About Clean Water Act Jurisdiction?

“All governments lie.” Journalist I. F. Stone is credited with this simple statement. Remember when EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, describing EPA’s 370-page definition of what constitutes waters of the United States said, “To be clear: our proposal does not add

NC Cash Grains Jump with Futures

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1077 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended $3.50 to $13.50 higher, feeder steers trended higher, and heifers trended mixed when compared to

Tobacco Crop Seeing Fungal and Pest Issues

Tobacco bud worm has begun menacing central North Carolina’s tobacco crop, and Bryant Spivey, Johnston County Extension Agent has this advice: “We have a fairly strong flight of bud worm moths and they are laying eggs in tobacco. Some of