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Soybeans; To Defoliate or Not


It is often a conundrum with soybean producers…defoliate or not. Especially this year when producers may be growing a variety they’re not all that familiar with.  This year, NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy:

“I think a few are.  Particularly those that have some earlier beans than what they’re used to producing.  Beans that they may not be expecting a killing frost for another month on.”

Defoliating soybeans is not without risk says Dunphy:

“The risk is that we don’t want to get caught spraying too early and reducing yields.  And with soybeans we don’t have a real good indicator of when it’s safe to spray.”

For more from Dr. Jim Dunphy, NC State Extension Soybean Specialist, visit SFNToday dot com

SCDA Sets Pesticide Collection Dates & Locations

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture has set this fall’s pesticide collection dates.  The first is coming up this Saturday, October 1st at the York County Public Works in York from 8:00 am until noon, followed by October 4th at Mixon Seed in Orangeburg from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, then on the 5th at Crop Protection Services in Kingstree, also from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, wrapping up with Irmo High School in Irmo on the 15th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.  The pesticide and chemical program is open to all private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators in the state, as well as homeowners.

USDA Launches Cage-Free Egg Report

Last week’s Cage-Free Shell Egg Report was the first of a new monthly report by the Department of Agriculture. The department launched the Monthly Cage-free-Shell that USDA says will add transparency to the cage-free shell egg market.

Germany Signaling Opposition to Bayer-Monsanto Deal

Lawmakers in Germany are calling on regulators to curb Bayer Ag’s $66 billion proposed takeover of U.S. based Monsanto. A parliamentary session in Germany highlighted the backlash to Bayer’s proposed buy of Monsanto. Debate last week in the lower house of parliament, called by the Germany’s opposition Green Party, showed deep resistance to Bayer buying a U.S. company that many Germans view as a champion of genetically modified crops.  Buying Monsanto would give Bayer, about 35 percent of the global market for seeds and farm chemicals.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.