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Asiatic Soybean Rust Confirmed in Cumberland County

NC State Extension confirmed that Asiatic Soybean Rust identified on a soybean sample from Cumberland County, NC. Combined with the confirmed finds in Scotland and Cleveland counties, NC, and Suffolk County, VA, essentially all the state’s soybeans are within 100 miles of known rust. Samples received this week from Catawba, Columbus, Gaston, Granville, Hoke, Lincoln, Pasquotank, Robeson, Rutherford, and Wayne counties were all negative for rust.

NC State Extension considers rust spores may well be in any soybean field in the state, but as dry as it is in much of the state, we wouldn’t expect the disease to develop very rapidly. spraying a fungicide on any soybeans in the state which have started blooming, which do not yet have full sized seeds in the top four nodes of the plant, and which appear to have a yield potential of 20 Bu/A or more is recommended.

South Carolina Receives USDA Funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 186-projects that will receive U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans and grants. This announcement includes 4.4-million dollars of additional resources under the Community Facility Grant and Loan program in 32 states and Washington, D.C. – as well as 10.3-million dollars in the Intermediary Relending program…

“This will impact positively programs in 15 states and DC. We have combined that with an $11.1 million announcement under our Rural Economic Development Program, a $1.5 million dollar set of announcements under our Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program.”

Vilsack says these rural loans and grants help create jobs and improve quality of life – which are an integral part of the rural development section of the farm bill. Three entities in South Carolina received as much as $50,000 in grants including the City of Hartsville, City of Wlaterboro, and Samaria Sunday School Union, Inc.

Meat Prices See Various Impacts

World Outlook Board Chair Gerry Bange explains the factors impacting meat prices:

“Hogs with a 3.2% increase in pork production, we do expect prices to come up some what in 2014. We are looking in 2013 at $0.63 per 100 weight and we expect that to drop to about $59.75 per 100 weight in 2014, a reduction of about 5%.

Boiler prices- we have seen a little weakness in demand and a little stronger production than we had anticipated. We have taken that price forecast down for 2013 to $0.992 down 2.4 cents from our previous forecast. We remain at 93 cents for 2014 a reduction of about 6.2%, keeping in mind we expect boiler production to increase about 2.5% in 2014.”

A lot of Food Waste Created by Food Manufacturers

Dana Gunders, co-author of a new report on food expiration dates by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard University, says confusion about food expiration dates is causing a lot of good food to be trashed.

“The average household of 4 is losing up to $250 on food that is needlessly thrown away because they don’t understand what the dates on food labels mean.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.