Monthly Archives: July 2017

AFBF Shares Farm Bill Needs with Congress

    Mark Haney, Kentucky Farm Bureau President, told the Senate Agriculture Committee that lawmakers need to counter a steep, four-year drop in commodity prices that has left farmers and ranchers in worse shape than any time since the farm

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Whose Wages Are Rising?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks, whose wages are rising.  Mike, although the overall economy has been improving since 2010, wages gains have been negligible.   But are there

NC Cash Grains Gain Slightly

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 881 cattle and 22 goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mixed.  Feeder steers were steady to $11.00 lower; bulls were steady to $9.00 lower, heifers were mostly steady

Congress Hears from Farmer the Importance of Crop Insurance

  Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on risk management tools  this week and heard from farmer and National Corn Growers Association Board Member Bruce Rohwer that crop insurance is critical for helping farmers survive low commodity prices and should

Get Corn Out of the Field ASAP

  Yesterday, we heard from NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger on the excessive heat and the quickly maturing corn crop.  Today, Heiniger discusses the rapidly approaching harvest, and has some tips on moisture content: “Farmers are going

Senate Ag Committee; We are Not Cutting Crop Insurance

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders and witnesses came out swinging in defense of crop insurance during a lengthy farm bill hearing earlier this week. Ag lawmakers and producers from across the nation stressed many farm bill needs: a strong safety net,

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Regaining Manufacturing’s Competitive Edge”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at regaining manufacturing’s competitive edge. Mike, there’s considerable optimism about manufacturing and the sector’s ability to regain some of its past prominence.  Are

NC Cash Grains Bounce with Futures

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 379 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were 3.00 to 7.00 lower; boning type slaughter cows were unevenly steady, 8.00 lower to 8.00

Hog Futures Climb in Attempt to Reach Cash Market Prices

Lean hog futures climbed for a second consecutive day as cash-trade prices supported the market. The going rate for hogs on the cash market has recently trended lower as packers drop their bids, but prices are still higher than futures.

Rain Events Keep Heat Stress at Bay from South Carolina Crops

  In the latest Crop Progress Report for growing conditions in South Carolina for the week ended July 23rd, there were 5.8 days suitable for field work, compared to 5.9 the previous week.  Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reported that