Monthly Archives: June 2016

Wheat Futures Fall to Six-Year Low

cattle futures closed higher Wednesday to notch a third session of gains underpinned by packer margins and small gains in a very light cash market. Another dip in the U.S. dollar and a drop in grain prices on the back

NC Cash Grains Plunge with Futures

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were desirable to heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,974,000 head compared to 2,925,000 head

No Road Map for Exiting the European Union

  Yesterday, we heard from American Farm Bureau economist Veronica Nigh about the impending exit of Great Britain from the European Union, and the potential impacts to agriculture.  Today, we turn the argument on its head, and think about what

GMO Labeling Bill Opponents Make Their Case

  Now that Senate negotiators have finalized the text of a GMO labeling bill, efforts now turn to getting the bill through Capitol Hill’s upper chamber. But opponents to the measure are also digging in their heels to try and

Farmers need to watch for potassium issues in flue-cured tobacco

This has been a wet spring, with weather affecting some crops early this season, including flue-cured tobacco planted in sandier soils. Agronomists with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in and near the coastal plains are reporting some

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Impacts of Sports Teams”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at impacts of sports teams.  Mike, the world is filled with sports fans, and many of those fans would like to have a professional

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Helping Commuters with Private Buses”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at helping commuters with private buses. Mike, many people must commute long distances to work, often because they can’t afford the higher

Rain Needed Statewide in North Carolina

  There were 6.3 days suitable for field work across the Tar Heel State last week as reported in the latest Crop Progress report from USDA for conditions through Sunday, June 26th, the same number as last week.  Topsoil moisture

Weather Worries and a Soft Dollar Push Soybeans Higher

Cattle futures closed higher Tuesday after shrugging off the last of their post-Brexit decline and signs the market may have found a bottom despite abundant supplies. Meatpacker and retail margins remain elevated and a dip in the dollar helped the

Cotton Group Responds to Cotton Ginning Cost Sharing Program

With no safety net in place for cotton producers through the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responded to a “train-wreck” that the industry was facing following the 2015 crop year. Tony St. James has more… “You know, one