Southeast Regional Pork Conference This Week

The Southeast Regional Pork Conference gets underway later this week in Kenansville, North Carolina. the conference gets underway at 9:00 am at the Duplin County Extension Center on Thursday and continues through 5:00 pm Friday. One of the topics to be addressed at this year’s meeting will be Animal Waste Applicators. For more information visit our Calendar page. Pre-registration is required, and attendance fee is $5.00. 

South Carolina Senator Begins Working on US Debt

The country faces severe spending cuts and increased taxes if Congress and the president don't soon reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told CBS's "Face the Nation" yesterday that the recommendations from the bi-partisan Simpson-Bowles commission is the best way to solve the nation's raging debt problem.

“Failure is not an option when it comes to fiscal cliff. Say YES to Simpson-Bowles Mr. President.”

To read the entire interview click here

USDA Makes Few Revisions to Corn Estimates

USDA released its latest production and supply/demand estimates Friday, and USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber had a few comments on the revised corn crop forecast:

“With corn there is very little change. The trade may have expected a slightly lower yield but we are at 122.3, which is only up about .3 bushels per acre from last month. The interesting thing is that you see grain weights down but ear weights up a bit, they off set each other.”

Registration Open for 2012 NC Tobacco Day

Registration is now open for the 2012 Tobacco Day, taking place on Thursday, December 6 at the Johnson County Extension Center in Smithfield. This year’s program focuses on educating producers on Good Agricultural Practices, commonly referred to as the GAP Program. To help North Carolina producers be more efficient and competitive in today’s free market system, the GAP program focuses on all aspects of tobacco production including: crop management, environmental stewardship and labor management.

The event, hosted by NC State and the Cooperative Extension Service, will feature insight from both industry and academic leaders and will conclude with the induction of this year’s Tobacco Greats.

For more information on the 2012 Tobacco Day, visit the Calendar of Ag Events

Still Time for Entries into NC Corn Yield Contest

Entries for the North Carolina Corn Yield Contest are still being accepted. The contest is administered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and sponsored by the state’s corn growers association.

The contest has divisions for dryland and irrigated acres and recognizes a no-till winner within each. Last year, Maple Knoll Farms in Currituck County won the dryland division with 273 bushels per acre and Wood Farm of Cherokee County took top honors in dryland no-till with 272 bushels per acre. Guilford County’s Mark Hardy’s 282 bushels per acre using no-till crowned him champion in the irrigated division.
Deadline for the 2012 contest is November 30.

Official runs and entry forms for this year’s contest can be found within Southern Farm Network’s 2012 Harvest Highlights HERE. 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.