Monthly Archives: March 2016

Southeast Could be in for a Hot, Steamy Summer

Summer Weather

  2016 has been one of those years where the old adage about March was certainly true; in like a lion, out like a lamb.  Corey Davis, Applied Climatologist with the North Carolina State Climate Office says March has been

Rain in the Cotton Belt Changes Everything

  Cotton Incorporated economist Jon Devine reports rainfall across the cotton belt the past week or so has been quite different… “California has received beneficial rainfall in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as additional snowfall in the Sierra Nevada’s,

Latest Hogs & Pigs Report Boosts Futures

Cattle futures pared losses into the end of the trading day Monday, pressured by concerns about sluggish demand for beef. April live-cattle futures fell 75 to $135, June live-cattle futures rose 15 to $125, and Feeder-cattle futures for March fell

Spring Field Work is Underway

  Don Nicholson, Regional Agronomist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture says growers in his area took advantage of the dry weather in early March to get some significant field work done: “Tobacco growers, especially have really been out in

5th Annual Commissioner’s BBQ Cup Cookoff a Success

South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says the 5th Annual Commissioner’s BBQ Cup Cookoff was a huge success, with almost 50 teams entered, not only from South Carolina but also from surrounding states. The cookoff is a great family day

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Is there a Slowdown in Business Investment?”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if there is a slowdown in business investment.  Mike, among the reasons cited by some for the nation’s modest economic growth is a weakness

NC Cash Grains Move with Futures

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 753 cattle and 104 goats were sold.  Slaughter cattle were mostly 2.00 lower; while feeder cattle were steady to, at times, sharply lower.  Demand, market activity, and

Cotton Referendum on Friday

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler discusses this Friday’s cotton referendum to renew the assessment on cotton, up to $1 per bale, for another six years. The funds are collected at the gin and are sent to NCDA where they

Lexington County Farm Fined for Undocumented Workers

    A federal judge fined a major Lexington County farm operation $1 million on Thursday for unlawfully using between 300 and 350 illegal immigrants as workers, according to filings Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia. The $1 million

Sampson County Couple Named Top Small Farmers in North Carolina

GREENSBORO – Sampson County growers Donnie and Alease Williams were named the 2016 North Carolina Small Farmers of the Year by the Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during ceremonies last week on the campus.