Monthly Archives: February 2016

Livestock Futures Let Go of Gains

Cattle futures reversed early-session gains to settle lower on Friday, pressured by profit-taking after demand optimism sent prices to their highest levels in nearly four months. February live-cattle futures fell 32 to $137, after hitting their highest price since November

Plant it Forward South Carolina Receives Large Donation

  Plant it Forward South Carolina has received a$25,000 donation from South Carolina electric and Gas. The  Plant it Forward SC program will provide relief funds specifically for covering a portion of seed costs in the 2016 crop year, as

NASS Surveying Farmers for the Agriculture Resource Management Survey

  USDA representatives are spending the next few months conducting the last phase of the 2015 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, or ARMS. The annual survey, administered by the National Ag Statistics Service and the USDA Economic Research Service, serves as the

NC Cash Grain Prices Slip Into the Weekend

At the 2 livestock auctions held Thursday at Shelby and Smithfield a total of 306 cattle and 2 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were mostly steady, slaughter bulls were mostly steady. Feeder cattle were mixed. NC. Broiler-fryers: The market tone

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Does Everything that Goes Up Also Come Down?”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program asks, does everything that goes up also come down?  Mike, with the recent big dips in the stock market, some people are talking about

Ag Secretary Explains Cottonseed Oil Designation

  Late last year Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack received a request from the cotton industry to designate cotton as an “other oilseed” in order to qualify for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments. Vilsack determined

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “EPA Land Grab”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by John Deere and the National Corn Growers Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank

Chances for Winter Weather Waning, but Not Over


  As February wanes, many of us are looking forward to spring, and Applied Climatologist with the State Climate Office of North Carolina, Corey Davis says February has been a smorgasbord of temperatures and weather activity: “Well, looking back over

Pesticide Now Labeled for Effective Control of Sugarcane Aphid

  As farmers make decisions on what to plant this year, grain sorghum is receiving some skepticism due to last year’s late-season invasion of the sugarcane aphid, a new pest to the southeast.  Bayer has now received a label for

Wheat Futures Gain on Fewer Projected Acres

Cattle futures climbed to the highest levels in nearly four months Thursday on hopes that producers will fetch higher prices in the cash markets in the days ahead. February live-cattle futures rose 90 to $137, the highest closing price for