South Carolina Cash Grains Higher

South Carolina closing cash grain bids on Tuesday featured 2 Yellow Corn 2 to 4 cents higher, 1 Yellow Soybeans mixed; 2 cents lower to 25 cents higher, 2 Red Wheat steady to 3 cents higher, New Crop 2 Yellow Corn 1 to 3 cents higher, and New Crop 2 Red Wheat mixed 1 cent lower to 5 cents higher.

Annual NC Aquaculture Conference Set

The North Carolina Aquaculture conference is scheduled for February 7 through 9 at the Double Tree in New Bern. The conference’s theme, Fish: Made in the USA, emphasizes the role aquaculture plays in our state’s food production and economy. The conference is of interest to professionals, researchers, fish growers and anyone else wanting to learning more about aquaculture. The conference will feature industry experts who will address everything from how North Carolina aquaculture benefits consumers to innovative production methods and access to government resources. Early registration and program information is available online at . early registration deadline is January 31st for the lowest rates. Registration is also available at the door.

Friday will Feature First USDA Report Released at New Time

Gerry Bange, Chairman of USDA's Outlook Board, with more comments on the new USDA report release time, which will be noon EST on Friday.

“We are looking forward to releasing our report at 12 noon on Friday. It’s a very new event for us, for 18 years we had been releasing the report at 8:30am, which meant a lot of work in the wee hours of the morning. Our first concern is that what we put out meets the needs of the industry. We picked the noon release time because it seems to be when the liquidity in the markets is the greatest and we want our reports to serve the needs of the public.”

2012 Officially Hottest Year on Record

Government meteorologists say 2012 was by far the hottest year on record in the United States. The average temperature was higher than 55 degrees. That's a full degree warmer than the previous record of 1998. Normally, temperature records are broken by about a tenth of a degree. Scientists blame the heat on global warming and weather variations. That includes the drought that gripped almost two-thirds of the nation. 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.