NC Commodities Conference

Placement and Emergence…Two Keys to Higher Yield from Dr. Ron Heiniger

At last week’s NC Commodities Conference, NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger shared four keys to multiplying corn yields without adding costs. I asked him about two of those.. Dr. Heiniger will share the other two keys to

Secrets to Record Yields

Charles City, Virginia farmer and NC State graduate David Hula set a new world record corn yield in 2017 of more than 542 bushels per acre according to NCGA. I caught up with David at last week’s NC Commodities Conference

Kevin Matthews Sets New NC Soybean Yield Record

We had waited several years for this award to finally be handed out, and last week, a farmer from Yadkin County claimed the elusive prize. Kevin Matthews of Matthews Family Farms topped 100 bushels of soybeans per acre with a

FieldWatch Starts Second Year

It’s been a year ago this month that NCDA launched FieldWatch, a computer mapping service comprised of two programs, BeeCheck and DriftWatch.  This is a place where growers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators to go to learn where bees

North Carolina’s State Vet Talks Bird Flu

  In the past few weeks, several cases of avian influenza have shown up in the southeastern part of the country, two this week in Georgia.  Two of those cases have been Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, the others a low

Ag Forum Recap

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler hosted about 300 people on Thursday at the 12th Ag Development Forum during the Southern Farm Show at the State Fairgrounds. Thursday’s program included economist Dr. Mike Walden and Dr. Blake Brown, as well

12th Annual Ag Development Forum this Week

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler will be hosting the 12th Ag Development Forum this week, during the Southern Farm Show, on Thursday, February 2nd in the Holshouser Building on the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This year’s lineup includes

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


John Ashcraft of Union Co. won the annual North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest with an entry of 87.8 bushels per acre. Ashcraft received the award for the highest yield from Dr. Richard Reich, assistant commissioner of the North Carolina Department


John Fleming of Scotland Neck, N.C. was elected president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association at the 50th annual meeting in Durham, N.C. on Jan. 13, 2017. Jeff Tyson of Nashville, N.C. was elected vice president. Association members also