The dates and locations have been set for the 2013SC Waste Pesticide Recovery Program. Based on surveys, SCDA has established seven locations across the state making it easy for South Carolina farmers, foresters, nurserymen, golf course operators, and custom applicators to safely dispose of un-needed pesticides. The first date and location is May 21st at Carolina Eastern Inc. in Chester, SC from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, followed by the Southern States Cooperative in Anderson on May 22nd. The program is free and open to all private and commercial pesticide applicators in the state.
Boll Weevil Eradication Efforts Ongoing
At one time, not too many years ago, the boll weevil decimated southern cotton crops, threatening the ability to even grow the crop in the US. Dr. Kater Hake, Vice-president of Agricultural Research for Cotton Inc., based in Cary, explains most states have eradicated the pest, but one problem area remains:
“Getting the boll weevil eradicated out of the US is critical for our long term success. Unfortunately the program has stalled right at the border between Mexico and Texas.”
And while the Texas/ Mexico border with is a long way away from the Carolinas, considering the mobility of the boll weevil, it’s not that far says Hake:
“It’s going to be a long term threat to US growers unless it can be completely pushed back into Mexico. We know that the boll weevil can re-infest rapidly, it likes to hitch hike on trucks.”
Boll weevil monitoring efforts continue today in all of the southern United States.
Latest WASDE Report Shows Corn Prices Continue to Slide
USDA’s latest supply and demand estimates show a continued slide in corn prices while those for soybeans remain stable. The latest USDA forecast follows an unexpectedly high corn stocks report and an immediate sharp drop in prices in March. The new report shows corn feed and residual use down 150-million bushels for the first half of the marketing year – only partly offset by a 50-million bushel hike in corn use for ethanol. World Ag Outlook Board Chair Gerald Bange…
“The reason we took that up 50 is because we are now looking at a substantially lower corn price that we were before. The supplies appear to be there and the values have been escalating.”
Meantime – the season average soybean price is unchanged at 14-30 a bushel – with ending stocks also unchanged at 125-million bushels.