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Plant & Flower Festivals Underway this Weekend

The 8th Annual Midlands Fall Plant & Flower Festival gets underway this weekend at the State Farmers’ Market in West Columbia. SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says this is a great opportunity to take advantage of vendors that aren’t at

Changing Marketing Strategy for Pork

  The consumer market is changing. The demographics are also shifting. The Pork Checkoff is changing its marketing strategy to serve the needs of foodservice and retailers. National Pork Board vice president of domestic marketing Jarrod Sutton says the Pork

North Carolina’s Yield Potential Still Good in September Crop Reports

Last week, USDA released their September crop reports, and North Carolina is still on track for very good yield potential. Corn yield is now forecast to tie the record set in 2013, cotton is projected to be 117% above last

Arkansas Makes First Move Toward Possible Dicamba Ban

  The Arkansas Plant Board took up a recommendation for a window on dicamba use in the state from January 1 to April 15 in 2018. There are still several steps to go through before the recommendation is approved.  State

SE Cash Cotton Back over .70

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 1,021 cattle, 101 goats, and 35 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 1.00 to 3.00 lower; and slaughter bulls were 1.00 lower.

Hog Futures Start the Week Lower

Hog futures started the week lower as large supplies strained the market. October lean hogs fell 97 to 60.00 on Monday. Analysts said 60 cents was important technical support. Prices rallied Friday, but supply concerns are limiting gains. Average hog

Hog Futures End the Week on a High Noted

Hog futures rose over 3% to end the week, helped by sharply higher pork belly prices. Volatility in belly prices has significantly influenced hog futures this year. Friday’s pop in belly prices sparked buying among hog futures traders waiting for

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

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

NC Cash Grains Stumble Into the Weekend

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 371 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady when compared to the previous sale.  Lighter weight feeder cattle were 1.00 to 3.00 higher; heaver weight

Hurricane Irma Largely a Non-Event in Northern South Carolina

  The northern coast of South Carolina was largely spared the ill effects of Hurricane Irma.  Clemson Extension Agent, David DeWitt explains: “Winds blew and stirred things around a little bit,   but no heavy winds, we had gusts 40-50 miles