Monthly Archives: July 2017

Cattle Futures Take a Hit on Rising Japanese Tariffs

Cattle futures slid after Japan said it was temporarily hiking tariffs on frozen beef imports from the U.S. Japanese officials said on Friday they were raising duties on U.S. frozen beef exports to 50% from 38.5%. Japan has become the

NC Cash Egg Market Continues to Rise

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 359 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows were steady to $3.00 lower, bulls were mostly steady to $2.00 lower when compared to the previous sale.  Feeder steers

NC Small Grain Growers Outline Research Proposals for 2017-18

  Recently, the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association entertained research proposals for the coming growing season.  Executive Director, Dan Weathington outlines some of the coming small grains research: “Our Research & Education Committee met and reviewed about 18 different

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Is the Trade Deficit Improving?”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if the trade deficit is improving.  Mike, a trade deficit means the US imports more products and services from other countries than the

Biotech To Be Included in NAFTA

  Biotechnology was never included in the original North American Free Trade Agreement because it had not been com­­­­­­mercialized by the early nineties. But NAFTA now needs a biotech section, says Ag Biotech Subcommittee Chair Rodney Davis.  He raised the issue

SCN Resistant Soybeans are Showing Some Problems

  Nematologist Greg Tylka  with Iowa State University says soybeans with Soybean Cyst Nematode resistance are becoming less effective. He calls it an alarming trend that sets the stage for even more yield loss to SCN in the future. Just

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Gene Editing”

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Abnormally Dry Conditions Return to North Carolina

  In the latest Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday, two areas of abnormally dry conditions have returned to the Tar Heel State, one across the Virginia border across Warren, North Hampton and Halifax Counties, and

Hog Futures Trade Sideways on Mixed Market Messages

Hog futures traded sideways on lower cash-market and pork prices. Pork prices were sharply lower Thursday, that had traders cautious about longer-term support for hog futures. August lean hogs gained 25 to 82.25, October gained 2 to 67.67.  All other

This is the Year of the Corn…Really

  We’ve been chatting with NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger this week on this year’s corn crop as harvest draws near.  Today, Heiniger says forget last year, THIS is the year of the corn in North Carolina: