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Resist Temptation to Plant Early

  The message to farmers these days is ‘no matter how tempting it is to get the planter out, just don’t’.  Clemson Extension agent in Calhoun County, Charles Davis: “My operative word right now is ‘patience’.  We’ve seen it happen

Photo: Tractor brigade on Pennsylvania Ave

Tractor brigade during the inaugural parade on Pennsylvania Ave in front of the National Archives. Photo Credit: Max Armstrong and Mark Oppold  

Time to Decide to Manage Wheat

  Many producers planted wheat this year as ‘maybe’ crop.  If prices came up, it would be managed and harvested, if not, it would simply be a cover crop.  Don Nicholson, regional agronomist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture

Hopefully Just One More Year

  Coming off of two bad production years, Carolina farmers were hoping for some good news at Thursday’s Ag Development Forum at the Southern Farm Show from NC State Economist Dr. Blake Brown.  Brown recaps his talk at the Forum:

Port of Wilmington Expands Cold Storage

  It’s been a mission of the state’s leadership to expand the Port of Wilmington to make the port more competitive and viable for all types of products, especially agriculture.  Chuck McCarthy, President of Port of Wilmington Cold Storage: “Well,

AFBF Strongly Endorses Ag Secretary Nominee

  The incoming Trump administration has chosen former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next Agriculture Secretary.  Once confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Perdue will take his office at the Department of Agriculture as Congress gears up to write

Ag Nominee Gets a Thumbs Up from Farm Groups

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been nominated for Secretary of Agriculture by President-elect Donald Trump. Farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation are strongly endorsing Perdue to head USDA. AFBF Vice President and South Dakota Farm Bureau President

After Extreme Cold, Warm Weather Here for a While

While it’s not unusual to have a warm streak in January, to have one that lasts more than two weeks is.  And, it hasn’t been that long ago that whole state was in the deep freeze.  Corey Davis, Applied Climatologist

You Don’t Get But One Chance to Do It Right

  Yadkin County farmer Kevin Matthews is known in the southeast for his out-of-the-box ideas and thinking that bring in big yields in both corn and soybeans.  Matthews Family Farms manages over 1,000 acres in the Yadkin River Valley in

Randy Dowdy’s Out of the Box Thinking When Growing Big Corn


The keynote speaker Thursday afternoon at the North Carolina Commodities Conference was world record yield holder for corn, Randy Dowdy.  For two hours, Dowdy kept a standing-room-only crowd riveted with some of his ‘out of the box’ thinking regarding corn