Monthly Archives: March 2015

Your Help Needed with OVT Survey

Please take a few minutes out of your day to take this short and completely anonymous OVT survey from the Official Variety Trial Director, Carrie Brinton.  This survey will allow the OVT to evaluate the value of the results and

There are No Atheists in Foxholes

There’s old saying of war “there are no atheists in foxholes”.  The other day a farmer told me he got six tenths of an inch of rain, and he didn’t need six drops.  It’s been raining for months, and we’ve been

Early Projections for 2015 Cotton Acreage Push Futures Higher

U.S. hog futures ended the session mixed on Friday, as investors took positions ahead of a closely watched federal supply report.  April lean-hogs picked up 15 to 61.12, June hogs fell 15 to 75.00. Cattle futures, meanwhile, advanced to a

NC Farmer Reaps Benefits From the See For Yourself Tour

United Soybean Board is accepting applications for their annual See For Yourself tour, a week-long tour showing soybean producers where their checkoff dollars are working.  Reggie Strickland, Sampson County row crop and hog farmer, and former soy board member, participated,

Clemson Extension Collaborates on the First Crop Stop

Soon, on Johns Island, off the coast of Charleston, a commercial kitchen known as the Crop Stop will be available for value-added processing to crops, primarily produce.   Harry Crissy, Community and Economic Development Director for Clemson Extension in the Charleston

Got to Be NC Festival Accepting Applications

Event organizers are looking for farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and vendors interested in participating in the 2015 Got to Be NC Festival May 15-17 at the State Fairgrounds. The festival features foods, wines and beers from across North Carolina, live music,

NC Egg Market Slips in the Final Days Before Easter

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 521 cattle and 4 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly $3.00 to $6.00 lower, feeder steers were mixed, and heifers were mostly $1.00 to $20.00 higher when compared

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “New Metro Definitions”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at new metro definitions.   Mike, there have been some changes in the definitions of metropolitan areas in North Carolina for 2015.  What are these

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Dietary Guidelines – Confused About Caffeine”

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 all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy

Tractors Ready to Roll in the Blacklands

There’s been about two weeks of relatively dry weather, and producers are working towards getting in the field.  Rod Gurganus, NC State Extension Director for Hyde County says they’re waiting on soil temperatures to stabilize: “The guys are starting to