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Congress Hears from Farmer the Importance of Crop Insurance

  Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on risk management tools  this week and heard from farmer and National Corn Growers Association Board Member Bruce Rohwer that crop insurance is critical for helping farmers survive low commodity prices and should

Get Corn Out of the Field ASAP

  Yesterday, we heard from NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger on the excessive heat and the quickly maturing corn crop.  Today, Heiniger discusses the rapidly approaching harvest, and has some tips on moisture content: “Farmers are going

Senate Ag Committee; We are Not Cutting Crop Insurance

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders and witnesses came out swinging in defense of crop insurance during a lengthy farm bill hearing earlier this week. Ag lawmakers and producers from across the nation stressed many farm bill needs: a strong safety net,

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Regaining Manufacturing’s Competitive Edge”

  Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at regaining manufacturing’s competitive edge. Mike, there’s considerable optimism about manufacturing and the sector’s ability to regain some of its past prominence.  Are

NC Cash Grains Bounce with Futures

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 379 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were 3.00 to 7.00 lower; boning type slaughter cows were unevenly steady, 8.00 lower to 8.00

Hog Futures Climb in Attempt to Reach Cash Market Prices

Lean hog futures climbed for a second consecutive day as cash-trade prices supported the market. The going rate for hogs on the cash market has recently trended lower as packers drop their bids, but prices are still higher than futures.

Rain Events Keep Heat Stress at Bay from South Carolina Crops

  In the latest Crop Progress Report for growing conditions in South Carolina for the week ended July 23rd, there were 5.8 days suitable for field work, compared to 5.9 the previous week.  Mark Nettles with Orangeburg County reported that

Effects of Heat Wave on Corn Minimal

  When we last talked to NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger, before the recently concluded heat wave, there was some concern about some fungus diseases showing up in corn.  Today, Heiniger talks about the effects of the

Chance of Widespread Rain This Weekend

  The stifling two-week heat wave is history for the time being, and Applied Climatologist for the State Climate Office in Raleigh, Corey Davis says, while the pop-up showers we’ve experienced over the last two or three weeks will certainly

NC Cash Soybeans Plummet

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Monday at Siler City, Canton and Turnersburg a total of 1,260 cattle, 35 goats, and 27 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows were steady to 4.00 lower; while boning