Monthly Archives: June 2014

Abnormally Dry Conditions Increase in South Carolina’s Upstate

In the latest drought monitor released by USDA on Thursday for South Carolina, the area of abnormally dry conditions in the upstate has increased from 1.19% last week to just shy of 12% this week.  This area is concentrated in

Crops in Central Carolina Faring Well

A typical Carolina summer is underway; high temperatures, high humidity and sporadic showers.  Don Nicholson, area agronomist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture says crops in his area are faring well: “Even though we would like to see the temperature

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Foreign Workers and Pay”

    Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at foreign workers and pay.  Mike, there’s been much discussion in the last couple of decades about the impact of foreign

FFA’s Service Project Benefits Stop Hunger Now

FFA’s State Convention in Raleigh includes a public service project, and this year’s benefactor was Stop Hunger Now.  Aaron Proctor, Assistant Program Director for Stop Hunger Now, visits with Southern Farm Network’s Ashley Thomas about the program and the project.

NC Cash Corn Continues to Fall with Futures

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mt. Airy a total of 486 cattle and 66 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows trended mixed, 3.00 lower to 5.00 higher; boning type slaughter cows were steady

Time to Vaccinate Equine for EEE and West Nile

Mosquito season is in full swing in North Carolina and it’s time to vaccinate horses for mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis.  EEE and West Nile vaccinations initially require two shots, three to four weeks apart

Multicultural Theme Taken in Pork Checkoff Marketing Campaign

Consumer demand for pork remains very strong. To continue that trend – plans are coming together for the third and fourth quarter. Pork Checkoff vice president of domestic marketing Ceci Snyder says a multicultural marketing campaign is being planned… “Our

Growing Giant Miscanthus on Contract in the Carolinas

Yesterday, we heard from Jeff Wheeler with Reprieve Renewables, based in Greensboro, about growing giant Miscanthus for biofuel stock and other uses.  Today, with Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles Wheeler outlines what’s involved in growing the crop: “The crop is

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Cushioning the Drop”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at cushioning the drop.  Mike, whenever we have a recession, there are set of government programs that can kick in to help families.  Did

Tobacco Budworms & Target Spot

Tobacco Budworms   Tobacco budworm levels have increased dramatically during the last week to 10 days in Johnston County.  Today I scouted a later planted field with most plants about 1 week away from the early button stage.  Approximately 50%