NC State Plant Pathologist speaks out on Soybean Rust

NC State Plant Pathologist Steve Koenning clarified the need to spray fungicides for Asian soybean rust now that it has been identified in three areas of the state. Koenning says that if beans are within two to three weeks of harvest, there’s no need to spray, likewise if a field has been sprayed in the last two weeks or so. Koenning also said there may not be sufficient weather for rust to develop later. If in doubt, consult with your county extension agent.

House Approves Nutrition Bill

The U.S. House approved the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 on a very close vote of 217 to 210. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says the vote was another step toward his goal of getting a five-year farm bill on the books this year.

But House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions said the strategy of passing two separate bills was also a way to give Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas a stronger hand in farm bill bargaining with the Senate once the separate nutrition bill passed…

“Why we are trying to do what we are doing, it means that we will arm him with the available content to go to the conference with the Senate to make the farm bill that includes the nutrition program even better and sustainable.”

Lucas says the House bill makes commonsense reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that encourages and enables work participation, closes program loopholes and eliminates waste, fraud and abuse while saving the American taxpayer nearly 40-billion dollars. Lucas says SNAP does serve an important purpose to help Americans who are struggling – which is why it’s equally important to ensure the program is working in the most effective and efficient way.

Vaccination of Cattle Reduces e. coli in Humans

Results of research in the United Kingdom suggest using E. coli vaccines in cattle could reduce the incidence of human sickness from E. coli O157 by as much as 85 percent.

The authors note that E. coli O157, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal gastrointestinal illness, is difficult to control, partly due to poor understanding of of transmission dynamics across species boundaries. Vaccines for E. coli O157 in cattle are available but not widely used. 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.