Monthly Archives: October 2014

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 Edition

  Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are both friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm

SC Agriculture Community to Feed Thanksgiving Meal Using Certified SC Grown Products

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers and Lt. Governor Yancey McGill announced today that the South Carolina agriculture community will provide Certified South Carolina grown products for a Thanksgiving meal to 173 senior centers across the state.   The

Should You Soil Test This Year?

By Steven Tillman, Wolf Trax As the number of harvested fields climb and the soil sampling season ushers in, I’d like to cover a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on how to get the most from your soil test. 1)   

Frost in the Forecast, Tobacco Still in the Field

With the region’s first freeze forecast for the weekend, many tobacco growers are scrambling to finish harvest.  Don Nicholson, Region 7 agronomist for NCDA: “There is still some out there, a handful of growers. They are hoping that the forecast

Abnormally Dry Conditions Increase in the Tar Heel State

In the latest drought monitor released on Thursday, after two rain-free weeks, it’s no surprise that abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina increased significantly over the past week.  Last week 12.3% of the state was reporting abnormally dry conditions, this

Major Animal Health Company Looking to Private Practitioners and Academia for Solutions

The PED virus has been infecting piglets for about 18 months now, and thus far, while the two vaccines available seem to be helping some, they’re not a be-all end-all solution.  Dr. Steve Sornsen, Sr. Director for Veterinary Business Solutions

NC Cash Grain Prices Stumble with Futures

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1221 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mixed, feeder steers were mixed, and heifers were mostly $7.00 to $15.00 higher when compared

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Better Days Ahead?”

14-10-30 Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if better days are ahead.  Mike, the recent good number on gross domestic product – one of the broadest measures of the

Cotton Weekly Market Update

Cotton prices have continued to move sideways and have been bound by a range between 61 and 65 cents/lb. Prices for March continue to trade at a discount to December, which may be reflective of expectations for downward pressure to

Much Colder Weather This Weekend – Potentially windy and unsettled weather on Saturday