South Carolina Immigration Law Goes to Court

A federal judge is considering whether some aspects of South Carolina's tough new immigration law should take effect.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel heard two hours of arguments in Charleston on Tuesday. Last year, he blocked most of the law from taking effect but since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has tossed out much of the Arizona law on which the South Carolina law was based. Much of Tuesday's arguments centered on the issue the Supreme Court upheld in the Arizona provision allowing police to check the immigration status of those they pull over if they are suspected of being in the country illegally.

NC State CALS Dedicates State-of-the-Art Dairy Facility

If you’re one of the people that are willing to stand in line for North Carolina State University’s ice cream at special events around the state, not to worry about a supply interruption of the dairy products that go into making it. A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry late last week when more than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences.
The center includes milking stalls where about 150 cows are milked twice a day, producing 1,000 gallons a day of milk that’s trucked to Schaub Hall and used in Howling Cow ice cream and other dairy products.

South Carolina Local Market Quotes

Due to the holiday Monday, no comparisons were available Tuesday, but in grain quotes, in South Carolina; CORN at Country Elevators—7.03 at Kingstree; 7.02 at Lynchburg; 7.44 and *6.33 at Estill. Processors offering 7.23 at Orangeburg 2; 8.17 at Monetta; 7.98 and *6.57 new crop at Sumter and 7.53 at Cassett.

SOYBEAN quotes at Country Elevators—13.33 at Anderson; 13.08 at Kingstree; 13.39 at Lynchburg; 13.18 at Orangeburg; 13.68 at Estill; Processors—13.83 at Kershaw; there were no Export Bids at Mt. Pleasant.

In the WHEAT market on Tuesday at Country Elevators; *8.07 at Anderson; *7.56 at Lynchburg; 7.51 and *7.86 at Estill. Processors offering *7.51 at Sumter and 7.75 at Columbia.

North Carolina’s Latest Crop Progress Report

In North Carolina’s latest crop progress report released Tuesday; For the second week in a row most of the state received below normal temperatures for the week ending November 11th. Average temperatures ranged from 44 degrees to 51 degrees. There were 5.9 days suitable for field work, compared to 4.9 days the previous week. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 5% very short, 21% short, 65% adequate and 9% surplus. Farmers are busy planting small grains and harvesting field crops.

Don Nicholson, NCDA agronomist in the central Piedmont reported that cotton yields are very good ranging from 800 lbs to over 1500. Soybeans are also very good, although the low moisture level in the beans is leading to some cracking. Dry conditions have slowed wheat and other small grains planting in his region, and Carl Pless with Cabarrus County Extension reports that conditions are extremely dry with many streams not flowing. Cattlemen are hauling water and feeding hay to cattle, with conditions too dry to germinate small grains planted recently. For more on North Carolina’s latest crop progress report, click here.

Poll Shows Agribusiness Leaders See Improvement in Ag Economy

Agribusiness executives generally believe the ag economy and business environment will strengthen over the coming year, according to a poll from Agri Marketing magazine and the American Business Media (ABM) Agri-Council. Asked how they believe business conditions will be for their companies in the U.S. agricultural market 12 months from now, 45 percent of polled executives responded that business will be better, 53 percent expect conditions to remain the same and 2 percent expect poorer conditions. Those figures compare with 33 percent, 54 percent and 13 percent expecting better, similar or poorer conditions respectively in the June survey. 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.