Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Lot to be Thankful For

  There’s a lot to give thanks for on Thanksgiving—but one U.S. Senator says one thing to be thankful for, is farmers. Longtime agriculture Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says the first Thanksgiving feast of 1621, giving thanks for a

NC Cash Grains Follow Futures Higher

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were mostly heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,821,000 head compared to 2,689,000 head last

Livestock Futures Rise Going into Holiday Break

Lean-hog futures closed higher, with the front-month contract notching a fresh multi-week high. Cattle futures also climbed. Hog futures gained, with the front-month December contract at the highest closing price since Nov. 3. Indications in recent weeks that cash prices

The History of Thanksgiving

How much do you really know about Thanksgiving history? A few things we think we know may not be true. Gary Crawford has this report. Gary Crawford has more: “Yes, it’s that time again, as Winnie the Pooh says…”it’s time

Uncovering Cover Crop Benefits

  There is already a pile of evidence on the benefits of cover crops and a new study adds to that pile. Gary Crawford uncovers the facts in this report.   “For year, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has promoted the

SE Cotton Price Still Holding Above National Average

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Turnersburg, and Siler City a total of 779 cattle and 11 goats were sold. N.C. Broiler-Fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. 

Time Running Short for Congress to Renew Expired Tax Provisions

  Congress went on the Thanksgiving recess without an agreement on extending expired tax provisions.  Farm Bureau tax advisor Pat Wolff says there are 50 tax provisions that expired at the end of last year that have not been addressed…

Soggy Field Conditions Continue in South Carolina

  There were 3.8 days suitable for field work in South Carolina, about the same as the previous week, as reported in the latest, and second to last crop progress report for the week ended November 22nd.  Topsoil moisture is

New Argentinian Government Statements Scuttle Grain Futures

Cattle futures ended the session lower on Tuesday, pressured by profit-taking as investors reconsidered hopes that demand will get a boost after this week’s Thanksgiving holiday. December live-cattle futures fell 192 to $130, Cattle futures for February slid 170 to

Despite Damage from Rains Test Plots Still have Value

  The story of crop damage due to excessive rains in the Carolinas continues to unfold, especially in South Carolina.   Kevin Phillips, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and northern Georgia: “The rain had a pretty devastating effect