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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

Grain & Soybean Futures Extend Losses

Cattle futures reversed course, falling as traders fretted over increasing supplies. The futures market was also under pressure from a government report on Friday that showed producers placing more cattle in the feedlots than previously expected, suggesting slaughter-ready cattle supply

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Do Computers Help Students?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if computers help students.  Mike, many programs and techniques have been tried over the years to increase the learning of young students.  

Benevolent Weather Pushes Grains & Oilseed Futures Lower

Frozen pork-belly stocks in June were the lowest on record, as sizzling demand for bacon kept reserves tight and prices high. Hog futures fell ahead of the report, as lower cash-market prices offset the bump from rising pork-belly costs. August

NC Cash Grains & Oilseeds Follow Futures Lower

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 566 cattle, 133 goats, and 98 sheep were sold.  Compared to the previous week, breaking type slaughter cows were 4.00 to 7.00 lower; while boning type were

FFA & AFBF Collaboration Formalizes Commitment to Ag Education

  A memorandum of understanding between the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National FFA Organization offers a shared commitment to grow leaders in agriculture. Mark Poeschl, Chief Executive Officer for the National FFA Organization, says the collaboration between AFBF

NC State Fair Competitions

Beginning August 1st, the North Carolina State Fair will begin accepting entries for the many competitions that take place during the fair. This year will the 150th fair, and to commemorate that milestone, NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says there