Monthly Archives: January 2015

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

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

2014 Soybean Variety Performance Information

The 2014 North Carolina Soybean Variety Performance Information is now currently available online at the link below.  Yield performance can be found on Roundup Ready, Liberty Link, and Conventional  soybean varieties across a wide range of maturity groups and planting

South Carolina’s Wild Hog Task Force

The feral hog population in the south continues to grow, and education on control measures is growing right along with the population.  Ben Powell with Clemson Extension is state coordinator of the Wild Hog Task Force in South Carolina explains

Soybeans Futures Fall to Three-Month Low

Hog futures tumbled to a fresh four-year low Thursday, as the U.S. dollar extends a climb, raising concerns about demand for domestic hams, loins, and other pork products. February hogs fell by the limit before recovering modestly, slipping 297 on

Ag Day at the General Assembly to be Bigger than Ever

March 18th has gained some significance in the world of agriculture, and Larry Wooten, president of NC Farm Bureau explains why: “The Governor, The Commissioner of Ag, the Legislative Leadership has called March 18th Ag Day in the General Assembly.

Abnormally Dry Conditions in the Palmetto State Abate

In the latest drought monitor for South Carolina released Thursday morning for conditions through January 27th, the state’s abnormally dry conditions improved from 3.18% of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions last week, to just over 1% this week.  Dryness

Livestock Auction Prices Soften

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 712 cattle and no goats were sold.   Slaughter cows were steady to $2.50 lower, feeder steers were mostly $4.00 to $16.00 lower, and heifers were

NC State Ag Economist Mike Walden – “Energy Usage”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program at energy usage.  Mike, spending on energy in the home is a major expenditure for most households.  How has this spending changed in recent

Webcasts on Cotton Leaf Grade Values, Response to Stress Now Available through Cotton Incorporated, Plant Management Network

Over the past decade, quality has become an ever-more important factor in the U.S. cotton industry as more product from the U.S. is exported. Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, a nonprofit publisher of crop science information, have launched

NC Cash Grains Follow Futures Lower

The livestock auction usually held on Tuesday in Mount Airy has been closed/suspended indefinitely. The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were heavy.  The estimated slaughter for