Monthly Archives: September 2016

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “On the Farm”

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Some Down East Crops Buckling Under Torrential Rains

  It just won’t quit raining in eastern North Carolina.  Director of Beaufort County Extension, Rod Gurganus: “We had areas that has less than three or four inches from this last event, we had, and then you can go three

Cotton Market Outlook Update

  Cotton Incorporated economist Jon Devine reports cotton prices have been testing levels below 70-cents a pound after touching levels above the 72-cent mark last week…. “The possible reason that prices got a boost last week, was that Chinese prices

NC Broiler/Fryer Harvest Holds Above 3 Million Head

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro 258 cattle and 4 goats were sold. Norwood prices were unavailable due to the absence of a reporter due to illness.  Slaughter cattle were $3.00 to $4.00 lower. Feeder cattle

South Carolina’s Drought Concentrated in the Upstate

  South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions improved slightly this week as reported in the latest Drought Monitor released by The Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning.  The area of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions improved from 30.67%

Soybean Futures Bounce on Export Demand

Cattle futures resumed their recent slump Thursday, pressured by weakness in the cash markets, where most producers have fetched lower prices for their animals this week. October cattle futures dropped 157 to $1.01, the lowest settlement in three weeks. December

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Immigrants and Wages”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at immigrants and wages.  Mike, there is a debate about the impact of immigrants on the pay of workers.  Please explain the

Central North Carolina Sweet Potato Crop a Bin Buster

  The tobacco crop in central North Carolina started out being one of the best many growers had had the opportunity to be associated with.  Here, late in the season, it’s become plagued with so many problems, producers are just

Soybeans; To Defoliate or Not

  It is often a conundrum with soybean producers…defoliate or not. Especially this year when producers may be growing a variety they’re not all that familiar with.  This year, NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy: “I think a

Grain Futures Continue to Soften on Benevolent Harvest Weather

Cattle futures bounced back from a steep early-week drop in most contracts on Wednesday, buoyed by short-covering as investors scaled-back bets on the market falling further in the near-term. October cattle futures dropped 35 to $103, a fresh three-week low,