NC Small Grains President Wants All Aspects of Grain Farming on Video

Name: Burt Eure

County/State: Hertford County, North Carolina

Association: North Carolina Small Grains Association

Type of farming operation: Seed wheat, soybeans, corn, as well as a seed processing business

Family: Wife and two grown children

As the current president of NC Small Grains Association Eure feels that promoting research to increase yields on the same number of acres is one of the primary roles of the NC Small Grains Association:

“The primary role for us is to take the assessment money that is collected by the sales of wheat in the state and make sure it is used for research and development. We want to be sure it’s given back to the farmer in ways that he can increase his efforts and yield and profitability. Also, so that our farmers have the best and most recent information to be most profitable.”
 

Eure explains that one of the biggest challenges for small grain producers is to change the mindset of winter crop growers from that of planting a cover crop to that of planting a cash crop and managing it like a cash crop:
 

“We need to look at diseases that affect our crop and be able to treat them correctly, as well as insects and pest control. All of those aspects will affect yield. So it really takes an intensive management process to make sure the crop is protected throughout the growing season. It doesn’t work to just go out and plant the crop and then just look at it once in a while. We are trying to get across to all growers to be looking at the crop continuously and continue to look forward with plans.”

A goal that Eure has while president of the Small Grains Association is to make available on line every aspect of small grain production, so as to be accessible in a timely fashion by producers:
 

“We want the information to be easily accessible on line at our website. We are also currently making videos on every aspect of production from planter calibration to harvest issues. It may take a few years to complete that, but it’s important to have that information out there for growers to access. We want this information to be at the grower’s disposal when he is out in the field and needing to make a decision or solve a problem.”
 

As grain and soybean prices continue to rise, Eure is looking forward to the Small Grains Association playing a part planting more acres to small grains behind soybeans:
 

“We were extremely hot like everyone else and dry in places. But the sorghum took the heat better than most crops. We did see a little damage to a few of the early planted fields, but even in those fields its less than 10% yield loss.”
 

As far as grain sorghum production joining the small grains mix, Eure feels it’s a good fit in the state:
 

“There is a huge push to increase the grain in North Carolina, as we are a grain deficit state. It’s important that we support the livestock industry in our state. We are looking at grain sorghum planting where we don’t have the best areas for corn, and I think there is a fit for that. But there is a learning curve, and we want to be sure that new producers are well educated on raising sorghum.”
 

While sorghum is an excellent choice for double-cropping behind wheat, there’s also the competition of high-priced soybeans says Eure:
 

“It would be directly competing with double crop soybeans and with soybeans hitting close to $17, its tough to beat. If soybean prices were lower the sorghum would be more attractive. There is a lot of volatility in the market with commodities and we will see this in the planting as well.”
 

Burt Eure, President of the North Carolina Small Grains Association

 

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