Monthly Archives: February 2014
Monthly Archives: February 2014

Blacklands Farm Managers Annual Meeting Next Week

The Blacklands Farm Managers Annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 6th at the Vernon James Research & Extension Center in Plymouth.  Guest speaker for the evening will be Judd Gardner, a lobbyist with Combest, Sell and Associates in Washington.  …

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NC Cash Soybeans Follow Futures Higher

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mt. Airy a total of 656 cattle and 63 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows trended mixed, 1.00 lower to 1.00 higher; slaughter bulls had no trend.    It was reported …

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Big Tradeoffs

Many people mistakenly think economics is solely about helping people or businesses make more money. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, economics actually focuses on using resources to achieve goals, whatever those goals may be. “I just …

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Bulls draw record prices in Clemson test

Dusty boots, tipped-back cowboy hats and high expectations ringed the red corral. Auction day had come to the annual Clemson University Bull Test. To the mesmerizing chant of the auctioneer, each of 55 bulls strutted through the freshly saw-dusted corral. …

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PED Virus Reemerges in NC Swine

In the late spring and early summer of 2013 we heard a lot about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PED Virus in pigs, then as the summer went on, we didn’t hear much. Dr. Tom Ray, State Director of Livestock …

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Market Value of Production on Virginia Farms Up Almost $1 Billion

Virginia’s farms saw a dramatic increase in both the market value of production and the average value of products sold per farm according to the preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture.  From 2007 to …

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Final Planting Date Changes for Cotton Insurance Coverage

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced final planting date changes for the cotton program in participating counties across North Carolina and Virginia beginning with the 2014 crop year. The updated final planting date is May 25. Cotton planted …

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CME Group Launches Futures Fundamentals Website

This week – CME Group announced a new educational website to explain the impact of futures markets on everyday life. The interactive website is called Futures Fundamentals.com. Tim Andriesen – CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Commodities and Alternative Investments …

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NC Grains & Oilseed Cash Prices Gain

At the 3 livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 2004 cattle and 30 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly $3.00 to $11.50 higher, feeder steers trended $3.00 to $10.00 higher, and heifers …

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Murphy-Brown Still Enthusiastic about Grain Sorghum

Many growers in the Carolinas tried grain sorghum for the first time last year and were sorely disappointed.  It wasn’t sorghum’s fault, it was the weather.  Josh Gaddy, agronomist for Murphy-Brown, working with the farming operation on company-owned farms says …

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