Monthly Archives: September 2017

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

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and the Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and

Grain & Oilseed Futures Continue to Slip Ahead of Stocks Report

The national hog herd rose to a quarterly record in September, suggesting heavy supplies for the remainder of the year even as inventories ease in early 2018. Hog futures have been under pressure recently, falling 40% from a mid-July high,

NC Cash Apple Market Picking Up

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 1,054 cattle and 27 goats were sold. N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are heavy.

Trade Team Gains Insight into Japanese Market

  Pork is the number one consumed protein worldwide. The three National Pork Board executive officers and two members of the senior leadership team participated in a trade mission to Japan and China. National Pork Board Treasurer Brett Kaysen says

Cotton Quality, Market Update Following Hurricanes

    Cotton Incorporated economist Jon Devine reports that for the most part, the U.S. cotton crop has held up fairly well in the wake of the two most recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma… “A few percentage points have migrated

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Lagging Construction”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at lagging construction.  Mike, most industries have changed dramatically in the last 50 years, using modern technologies and sophisticated methods.  That is,

North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Static

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions remained fairly stable.  Last week 15.64% of the state was in abnormally dry conditions, this week that number increased slightly to

Mt. Airy Livestock Auction Back in Business

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Tuesday in Mt. Airy and Shelby a total of 685 cattle and 32 goats were sold. Eggs:  The market was higher on extra large and large, steady on the balance.  Supplies were mostly light. 

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Who is Returning to the Workforce?”

    Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks who is returning to the workforce.  Mike, one of the good-news items in the economy recently has been the rise in the

When Digging Peanuts, Speed Matters

  Driving too quickly can lead to significant losses when digging peanuts, according to a recent study by Clemson University agricultural engineer Kendall Kirk. Farmers often push digger speeds to save time or to outrace inclement weather, but driving too