Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sought-after snack has its roots in Southeast Virginia

Virginia’s peanut-farming roots are plenty deep. The first commercial crop of peanuts in the United States was actually produced in 1842 in Southeast Virginia. The Virginia-type peanut is known for its large kernels compared to the other three types grown

NE Regional School of Biotechnology & Agriscience Overcomes Transportation Hurdles

Earlier this week we heard from Hal Davis, principal of the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience on getting their third year underway next week, as well as their move from the Vernon James Research & Extension Center in

Corn Harvest Getting Started in Southern Regions

In southern South Carolina, corn harvest is getting underway.  Kevin Phillips, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and Georgia: “We are just starting to set a few grain yield monitors in the combines. We checked some 1303 yesterday

NC Senate Signs Bill Prohibiting DENR from Releasing Records

On Wednesday, the North Carolina State Senate signed off on a bill changing regulations for farms across the state.  The senate voted to agree to a bill that would shield the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from disclosing complains

NC Cash Corn Holds Steady

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mt. Airy a total of 463 cattle and 56 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 3.00 to 4.00 higher.  Slaughter bulls were mostly steady.  The North Carolina broiler-fryer

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Mid-Year Economic Forecast”

    Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the mid-year economic forecast.  Mike, we’re now in the second half of 2014, and it’s time for economists like you to

Environmental Protection Agency Admin Calls Ag’s Waters Rule Concerns ‘Ludicrous’

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association responds to U.S. EPA comments on Waters of the U.S. rule U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently made a trip to Missouri where she hosted a press conference and called the concerns of producers in agriculture

Kudzu Bugs Observed in Kudzu

In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina through Sunday, July, 27th, there were 5 days suitable for field work, slightly less than last week.  Topsoil moisture is rated at 4% very short, 18% short, 69% adequate and 9%

Shift in Pacific Ocean Temp Offers Weather Predictability during Winter Months

Earlier in the spring, a strong El Nino was predicted in the equatorial Pacific, which would bring drought relief to much of the south and west.  Now, scientists are saying the El Nino isn’t that strong, and could break down

NC Cash Soybeans Plunge

At the 3 livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 1694 cattle and 76 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended steady to $12.00 higher, feeder steers trended steady to $16.00 higher, and heifers trended