Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cotton Market Update

Price Movement Values for the most actively traded May contract have generally been bouncing between 62-and-a-half and 64 cents for most of the past couple weeks. Prices for the new crop December contract have been marginally higher, and have been

NC Makes Good Showing in Export Sales Report

NC A report earlier this year from USDA’s Economic Research Service on the numbers for Ag Exports was released. North Carolina Ag commissioner Steve Troxler: “The report covered the value of exports for 2013 and it confirms that NC ag

Hog Capacity Being Monitored

Each spring – Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer prepares an update on capacity in the pork packer industry. At 5.4-days – slaughter capacity per week represents 2.51-million head per week. Meyer says the numbers in Friday’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs

Grains & Oilseeds Rise on Short Covering

Hog futures reversed early session losses to end the trading session modestly higher Monday, lifted by short covering after a federal inventory report reinforced the outlook for supplies to remain ample in the near term. April lean hogs picked up

NC Cash Grains get Boost from Futures

  Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 1,192 cattle and 123 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 3.00 lower; while slaughter bulls were 3.00 to 9.00 higher.  Offerings

Grain Bin & Irrigation Utilization Field Day on Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 1st, there will be a grain bin and irrigation utilization field day at the Edisto Research & Education Center near Blackville.  The event gets underway at 9:00 am with registration, and includes a demonstration on Clemson’s Grain

SC Farmers’ Market’s Plant & Flower Festivals Underway in April

Today is the unofficial end of winter at the farmers market. This is the day that plants and flowers really start to show up and the festivals start at all three state markets. South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers: “We

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Did the Stimulus Work?”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if the stimulus worked.  Mike, even five years past the recession, there is still debate about the federal stimulus plan begun in 2009.   Some

When does nitrate become a risk for humans?

A few years ago the University of Nebraska Agronomy Department published a paper titled, “When does Nitrate Become a Risk for Humans?” It asked, “Is nitrate harmful to humans?” Also, “Are the current limits for nitrate concentration in drinking water

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines  Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until