Monthly Archives: April 2016

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Trump Wins Big”

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

Corn Futures Rise on Increased Export Demand

Cattle futures tumbled to a fresh four-month low Thursday, pressured by a dip in the beef markets and worries about an uptick in projected costs for feed ingredients like corn. April live-cattle futures slid 315 to $122, the lowest closing

NC Cash Wheat Jumps with Futures

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood a total of 976 cattle and 12 goats were sold.  Slaughter cattle were mostly steady to $2.00 higher. Feeder cattle were mixed when compared to the previous sales.  

Ag Stakeholders Recruiting for New Plant Sciences Building

  Since the passage of the Connect NC bond referendum in March, stakeholders are moving full steam ahead on agricultural aspects of the referendum.  President and CEO of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Larry Wooten was included in a

Farm Groups Come Out Against TPP

  Over 160 Farm, Food, and Faith Groups sent a letter to Congress this week, asking it to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and to stand Up for Independent Farmers and Ranchers. National Farmers Union hosted a conference call Wednesday to talk about TPP. Here’s

Moderate Drought Conditions Show Up in South Carolina

South Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions are fairly stable as reported in the latest drought monitor, for conditions through Tuesday morning, as reported by the Drought Mitigation Center.  Last week and this week just shy of 45% of the state is

NC State Economist Mike Walden – “Vapor Taxes”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at vapor taxes.   Mike, taxes are frequently changing, with rates going up or down, and entire taxes being added or dropped.  There have

Are Large Corn and Soybean Price Swings Finished or Just Started

Like it or don’t, corn and soybean prices producers receive in the southeast are based on crop potential of Midwestern producers. That was very evident a few years ago when the Midwest experienced drought condition, driving futures to near record

Some Growers Looking for Tobacco Plants

  Setting of tobacco is well underway, and Bryant Spivey, Director of Johnston County Extension says as they often times do this time of year, questions about plant population have cropped up: “We’ve got planting for tobacco well under way

Some Good Winter Wheat Out There if You Look

It’s no secret that the 2015-16 growing season has been disastrous for winter wheat in the southeast.  A wet planting season last fall reduced acres considerably, a wet winter created shallow root systems, and now, what crop there is, is