Why have I talked about nematodes all of my life? Nematodes rob farmers of yield every year, yet the problem is largely ignored. I thought I would share a recent survey conducted by the NC Department of Agriculture with you. Feel free to share with farmers!
Grain Sorghum Field Day
A Grain Sorghum Field Day was held at the Upper Coastal Plains Research Station in Rocky Mount on Wednesday, August 30th with 50 people in attendance. Scott Tilley, NC Cooperative Extension Assistant Area Grain Crops Agent, directed the meeting with opening comments on the planted acres of 20,000 this year down from about 34,000 acres last year. The primary drop in acres was due to heavy infestation of Sugarcane Aphid. Grain Sorghum is no different from other crops they all need management and supervision from planting through harvest. Dr. Angela Post, NCSU Small Grain Specialist, discussed Standard vs. Intense management for a successful crop. Ryan Heiniger, OVT Director, NCSU, overviewed the OVT test he has conducted this past year. Dr. Wesley Everman, NCSU, Weed Specialist discussed the opportunities of keeping the crop clean and free of weed competition. It is important if you plant Grain Sorghum that you have a market to sell your crop and manage as to produce a profitable yield. To see pictures from the event please visit our photo gallery on our website.
Wheat Farmers Call for Strong Farm Bill Amid Falling Prices, Disasters
Source: Farm Policy Facts
It’s been a hard year for our nation’s wheat farmers. Drought in the South and Midwest. Wildfires. A late spring blizzard across the Great Plains. And it all comes at a time of falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history.
Against this backdrop, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to stress the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.
Farm Policy Facts talked to the five officers of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) to get their take on how the bill could help farm communities across the nation, this is the first part of the series:
Farm Bill Needs Tweaks, Not Wholesale Change
Gordon Stoner started harvesting 6,000 acres of durum wheat on his farm during the worst drought on record in northeastern Montana.
He broke an inch of rain for the year in late July, a time he would normally have more than a foot.
“It underscores why wheat farmers see crop insurance as a top priority,” he said. “It doesn’t cover all of your expenses, but it takes enough of the risk out of it that you can put the crop in the next year. Without crop insurance, I would not be farming.”
The Farm Bill, along with a special contract between crop insurers and the USDA, spell out the rules for crop insurance, including the level at which the government will offer premium discounts. The proposed federal budget has called for a decrease in those discounts, and it is anticipated that proposed amendments to the Farm Bill could also call for program caps.
That’s a bad idea, Stoner says.
“Without it, it would be too costly for us to afford.”
In addition to crop insurance, other components of the Farm Bill that are important to wheat farmers include the price loss coverage (PLC) and agriculture risk coverage (ARC) programs, he said.
A wheat farmer has 30-50 percent deductible on crop insurance. That means they take a major financial hit during a disaster, even with insurance, and the PLC and ARC can help, Stoner explained.
PLC kicks in when a crop’s national average market price is below the reference, or target, price.
ARC helps when the actual county crop revenue of a covered commodity falls below a floor for the covered commodity.
The Farm Bill doesn’t need major changes, Stoner said. But it does need some tweaks to make it more efficient and flexible.
“Many in Congress are very supportive of the Farm Bill,” he said.
The Farm Bill also includes funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which Stoner says gives it more political clout.
“Without our urban brethren, we would not pass the farm title,” he said. “That’s kind of like insurance for our urban neighbors when they are down their luck.”
NC Corn Growers Association – Job Opening Announced
The North Carolina Corn Growers Association is announcing an opening for Executive Secretary of the association to be located in Raleigh, NC. The applicant should be available on or about December 1st, 2017. Resume should be sent to Dennis Waller, Search Committee Chairman, 879 Waller Road, Mt. Olive, NC 28365. Job description and duties can be furnished upon request to Mr. Waller at the above address, by email at Cath4143@gmail.com or calling at 919-920-5654. Closing Date for Applications is October 1, 2017.
National Association of Wheat Growers: Weekly Update
Farmer, Rancher, Fisherman Airs Tonight on the Discovery Channel
The Farmer, Rancher, Fisherman “Restoring Kansas” episode featuring Justin Knopf airs tonight on the Discovery Channel 9:00pmEST. Justin Knopf is a fifth generation farmer with around 4,000 acres of Kansas farmland. He practices “no till” farming, which helps to preserve the land. Watch the clip here.
China rejects U.S. Request for Dispute Panel in Grain Quota Case
The United States’ first request to China to establish a dispute settlement panel in a WTO case involving tariff rate quotas has been denied. The panel would address concerns that China has been blocking billions of dollars in wheat, rice and corn imports and was requested following bilateral discussions within the WTO’s agriculture committee which didn’t result in any fixes. The U.S. can now reissue its request for a panel at the next meeting of the WTO’s dispute settlement body where unless all members in attendance agreed not to establish it, would allow the panel to move forward. This sets up what could be a lengthy litigation process with years of appeals.
New Studies Put Dollar Signs on Conservation Practices
Cover crops and no-till soil health practices can reduce erosion and runoff, increase organic matter retention, and enhance biodiversity. The National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC recently released a set of case studies detailing the economic advantage of adopting these practices. After adoption, the case studies found the net farm incomes had increased by up to $110 per acre. Although these studies focus on corn-soybean crop rotations in the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB), these conservations practices can ultimately benefit the fertility and productivity of a wide range of agroecosystems.
The Diaz farm had been a no-till operation since its purchase; however, once erosion had become more prevalent, the Diaz family decided to invest in cover crops. After three years of investment, budgets detailed in the fourth and fifth years generated positive results. By year four, Dan Diaz began receiving significant economic returns and the net change in income was $109.91 per acre by 2015.
The Willis family had been practicing no-till farming since 1986; however, the family wanted to prevent erosion, generate additional organic build-up, and increase water filtration. Their use of cover crops contributed to a net change in income ranging from $16.48 to $18.43 per acre in three of the four years. Additionally, yield improvements and increased soil stability were observed.
The Moore family adopted no-till practices since 1988 which has improved the health of the soil and helped mitigate weather-related costs. By the third year of no-till practices, the Moore family observed improvements in soil health and costs saved in labor and erosion-related repairs.
When the Kuhns family observed poor soil conditions and performed regular erosion-related repairs in the 1990s, they decided to practice the idea of “work smarter, not harder”. The transition to no-till farming took two years to develop and their economic increases ranged from $54.72 to $107.81 per acre above the baseline. Although this required additional investments in expenses and termination, the economic and ecological improvements outweighed the costs.
USDA To Measure Small Grains Production with September Surveys
During September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts two surveys critical to small grains producers around the country, including those growing wheat, oats, barley and rye. The results of the surveys (Agricultural Survey – September and the County Agricultural Production Survey) help determine elements of farm payment and risk management programs. The Agricultural Survey also asks for grain stocks information.
Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary and Grain Stocks on September 29 as well as County Estimates on December 14. These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications. See how NASS data are used via a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBW-g1FgLNs.
NCSGGA Upcoming Events
September 9th / 2:30pm – 5:00pm
September 15th / 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Family Fun Night
Mt. Vernon School
September 21st, 2017
University of Mount Olive
Mount Olive, NC
September 29th / 8:00am – 2:00pm
Halifax County Harvest Days
4-H Rural Life Center
October 10th – 12th / 8:30a-2:00p
Stanly County Ag Awareness Week
Stanly County Agri-Civic Center
26032 Newt Rd # B,
Albemarle, NC 28001
October 13th / 8:30a – 2:30p
Agriculture Science Day
Red Oak Elementary School
5603 Red Oak Rd,
Red Oak, NC 27868
October 16th – 20th
Fall Wheat Industry Mtg. (NAWG)
October 24th – 26th / 8:30a-2:00p
Hoke County Ag Awareness Week
Hoke Robeson Gin
7480 Old Maxton Rd,
Red Springs, NC 28377
October 31st, 2017
Plant Science Initiative
Ground Breaking Ceremony
November 2nd, 2017
Northeast Regional AG Expo
Bob Martin Eastern Ag. Center
2900 NC Highway 125 S.
Williamston, NC 27892
November 7th – 8th / 9:00a-3:30p
Ag Youth Day
November 9th, 2017
Farm City Week Banquet
Elizabeth City, NC
December 7th – 8th, 2017
NCSGGA Board Meeting
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703
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Hello Everyone! Enclosed you will find updated product information from Dupont and an entomology update from Extension on brown stinkbugs in corn. I hope you are all doing well and hope this information may prove useful.
Classic® herbicide or Synchrony® herbicide can be tankmixed with normal overtop Roundup + fomesafen (Reflex, Flexstar, etc) mixtures for improved weed control in RoundupReady soybeans, or with Liberty in LibertyLink soybeans.
Use rate is .33 oz Classic or up to .375 oz Synchrony on any soybean variety. If the soybeans are STS™ or Bolt™, you can use higher rates of Synchrony.
(Obviously, if the soybeans are a conventional variety, (non RR or LL), you can use higher rates of Classic).
- Improved control of sicklepod, morningglory, yellow nutsedge, common ragweed and other weeds vs standard programs.
- Synchrony also gives improved control or suppression of lambsquarters and ALS-susceptible Palmer pigweed, plus other weeds.
- Economical weed control.
- Both products count in the TruChoice Advantage grower program and can be financed with PHI on an approved loan.
Both Classic & Synchrony can be applied after the first trifoliate on soybeans has opened.
Below are the current Synchrony & Classic labels (the Classic label is being updated).
For any of you who have not sold any Trivence® herbicide yet in 2017, following wheat harvest especially in no-till, is a good place to sell some.
· Three (3) modes of action(MOA), which fits a resistance management program well.
· Excellent burndown of existing weeds behind wheat when mixed with Gramoxone, as an example.
· The PSII inhibitor effect from the metribuzin in Trivence slows the Gramoxone speed of kill, giving a more complete kill of existing weeds.
· Trivence offers slightly better control of sicklepod and other weeds, as well as improved control of grasses.
· Can be tankmixed with Prowl to add yet another MOA.
Be sure to check the soybean variety regarding metribuzin sensitivity, and do not apply to soils below .5% organic matter.
Trivence qualifies in the TruChoice Advantage grower program and can be financed with PHI on an approved loan.
A lot of tobacco is reaching button stage or close to it. Budworms are showing up in a lot of places.
Key points for Coragen® insecticide on budworms or hornworms:
- For any tobacco NOT contracted with Universal or Alliance, Coragen can be applied now for budworms or after topping for hornworms—use rate is 5 oz/acre.
- For up to 5 weeks of control of hornworms after topping, apply in sufficient water to get good coverage on the plant. Remember, Coragen primarily stays in the leaves it is sprayed on, so coverage is key.
- For tobacco contracted with Alliance or Universal—no additional Coragen or rynaxypyr-containing products can be applied for tobacco sold to them past layby/early button per tobacco company guidelines. See my earlier email—if you need clarification, let me know.
Coragen continues to be the gold standard for worm control in tobacco and many other crops! It helps you meet your overall goals with DuPont and counts towards the $30,000 minimum in the TruChoice Advantage program who did not buy at least 200 acres Pioneer corn or soybeans.
It also can be financed with PHI on an approved loan.
For 2017 we’re recommending a 2 back to back spray program in the Carolina – VA peanut market. We advise that Fontelis should be used at a rate of 16 -24 oz. at days 60 and 75 days. This should be the 2nd and 3rd spray of 4 to 6 spray season. This would give good foliage and ground coverage. We also recommend that the grower stay on a 14-day schedule even on Bailey’s. University extension is saying that Bailey variety slipped backwards some last year in diseases tolerance. Remember that Fontelis is a high-end fungicide that is labeled for control of 10 diseases, plus suppression of CBR and Sclerotinia but it has to be used correctly.
- Unsurpassed disease control. Fontelis® block program (back to back sprays) provided white mold control better than or equal to competitive high-end programs 91% of the time. White mold control is the strong point for Fontelis. Years of Data backs up the fact that white mold is a very serious problem in all peanut areas especially during hot dry periods because at that point it becomes underground white mold which is why we want to get Fontelis on the ground and the foliage.
- Fontelis provides superior early leafspot and late leafspot control.
- Higher yields for greater grower profitability. Fontelis® 2 spray program increased yield over the competitive programs an average 564 lb. and nontreated by 1735 lb. Please understand that the 564 lbs. increase was compared to the competitive next best spray programs. The untreated was 1735 lbs. less. This is 8 years of University data across the peanut belt.
- I recommend 2 back to back sprays in the middle of a 5 to 6 spray program year. A 300 lbs. increase in yield will more than pays for the Fontelis and rack up the grower and you a great profit.
- If Sclerotinia or CBR is an issue, Fontelis should be used at the high rate (24 oz) for suppression.
Prevathon® insecticide for peanuts
Prevathon gives up to three weeks of outstanding worm control, plus suppression of lesser cornstalk borer. It easy on beneficials and does NOT flare spider mites!
Prevathon also pays qualifying growers $4/acre back in the TruChoice Advantage program and can be financed on PHI. Below are links for Fontelis One Sheeter and a short 5 slide presentation for your viewing.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks much for your support.
DuPont Crop Protection
Check out the message below from Dr. Dominic Reisig, NCSU Extension Entomologist, discussing the management of stink bug in corn. I have seen stink bug in corn at high numbers this week. Wheat harvest and chemical burn down applications in soybean land have pushed them to move into corn. In recent vial bioassays, bifenthrin was the most effective pyrethroid for brown stink bug. Keep in mind that significant stink bug damage can occur prior to tasseling. Tank mixes with standard fungicide application timings may be too late. Pyrethroid applications need to penetrate the canopy to allow contact with the stink bugs to get adequate control. If you are considering an aerial application, discuss this with your aerial applicator. Treatment thresholds are one stink bug per four plants when the ear is forming, during elongation, and and the beginning of pollen shed. The threshold is one stink bug per two plants during the end of pollen shed and into the blister stage.
Mac Malloy, Agriculture Agent – Field Crops
Insecticide Choice for Stink Bugs in Corn
Our laboratory recently completed a vial bioassay with brown stink bugs collected from wheat. These are the same stink bugs that move into corn. Our purpose was to see which pyrethroid was most effective in corn for brown stink bug. In small plot field studies in corn, we have not been able to distinguish one pyrethroid type from another. Based on this vial bioassay, bifenthrin was the clear winner.
The active ingredients we tested were bifenthrin, cyfluthrin (the parent compound of Baythroid XL, which is beta-cyflutrin), cypermethrin (the active ingredient in Ammo), and lambda-cyhalothrin (the active ingredient in Karate Z and Warrior II). Of the doses we tested, all stink bugs were killed at:
– 1 part per million- bifenthrin
– 25 parts per million- cyfluthrin
– 25 parts per million- cypermethrin
– 50 parts per million- lambda-cyhalothrin
In addition, at the highest labeled rate of bifenthrin, you can apply at 3x or more active ingredient compared to other pyrethroids. This supports other state recommendations for bifenthrin as the pyrethroid of choice to manage brown stink bug (for example, see the GA field corn recommendation here on page 57).
Be sure to work with your aerial applicator to ensure good coverage. Your insecticide will only work if it contacts the stink bugs, which often hide underneath leaves and between the ear folds and the stem. Thresholds are listed in this previous article.
-Dr. Dominic Reisig, NCSU Extension Entomologist
Please see the information below from Mac Malloy & Dr. Ron Heiniger. Give me a call if you have any questions!
Folks with Corn Interest,
Please see the attached document from Dr. Ron Heiniger, NCSU Extension Corn Specialist, that discusses recommendations for addressing potential nutrient loss from recent heavy rains. Every situation will vary depending on soil type and fertilizer program to include how much and when certain nutrients have been applied. This may be a good time to monitor nutrient levels with a tissue sample submitted to the NCDA &CS Agronomic laboratory. This information will assist you in making decisions on your nutrient program going forward. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here is a handout covering some concerns with corn due to the recent heavy rainfall. Most of this on flooding in corn is not new. What is new is the projection of nutrient losses due to leaching or denitrification. The key talking point is that corn growers across the state will need to plan on a sidedress application of N and possibly other nutrients like S to avoid reductions in yield. This will have the largest impact on growers who have already applied most of their fertilizer. They will need to suppliment what they have already applied. For growers who were planning sidedress applications these recommendations should just remind them to consider changes in soil nutrient levels caused by these recent storms.
Please see the paragraph below concerning Stripe Rust from Mac Malloy. I hope you all have a Happy Easter!
-Rick Morris, Harvey’s Agronomist
Folks with Wheat Interest,
Please see the pest alert below from Dr. Angela Post, NCSU Small Grains Extension Specialist, informing growers about multiple reports of stripe rust across NC. It is advised to scout susceptible and moderately susceptible varieties first (see variety selection attachment). There is a fungicide efficacy chart attached to aid with fungicide selection. When scouting, be sure to identify plant growth stage to ensure appropriate time for pre-harvest intervals after fungicide application is made. As referenced on the chart, Growth Stage 10.5 is head fully emerged, 10.51 is beginning of flower, and 10.54 is milk stage (see growth development attachment). If you have any questions, please let me know.
Mac Malloy, Agriculture Agent – Field Crops North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center
Scouting for Freeze Injury in North Carolina Winter Wheat
By: Dr. Angela Post, NCSU Small Grains Extension Specialist
Several nights of freezing temperatures March 10th thru March 17th damaged the winter wheat crop throughout North Carolina. Some areas were more severely injured than others. The official variety test sites located in six North Carolina counties experienced temperatures below freezing between 35 and 92 hours in total over a period of 7 days. In scouting last week we have seen injury from almost zero in areas where the crop is just barely jointed, to complete losses where the wheat crop was getting close to the boot stage. It is important to scout each field over the course of the next several days to assess the extent of damage and make important management decisions. Damage to the crop will be site specific and related to the severity and duration of the freeze event at your location. We will still make wheat in many areas of the state, but scouting should be careful and deliberate to make sure we are not giving up on fields that will still make decent yields through secondary tillering. See the attached .pdf in this email for scouting tips and images of damaged verses healthy tillers. If you need further scouting assistance please email: email@example.com
To see continuing updates on the wheat crop throughout the season check out: https://smallgrains.ces.ncsu.edu/ and for updates from the field follow us on Twitter: @NCGrainTalk
Click the link below for more info!
NCSGGA Upcoming Events
March 29th – 31st / 9:00a – 2:00p
NCSU Farm Animal Days
Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC
April 4th, 2017
Mecklenburg “Touch a Tractor” and
Ag Science Night
Lebanon Elem. School
April 5th, 2017
University of Mt. Olive Ag Day
Mt. Olive, NC
April 6th, 2017 / 9:00a – 1:00p
Green County Ag Day
595 Peter Grant Rd.
Snow Hill, NC
April 7th / 9:00a – 2:00p
Ag Science Day
Bailey Elementary School
April 13th / 9:00a – 2:00p
Hyde Heritage Day
Mattamuskeet Elementary School
60 Juniper Bay Road
Swanquarter, NC 27885
April 20th / 9:00am – 2:00pm
Science Enrichment Day
Fuller Elementary School
April 21st / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Malting Barley Field Day
650 Roberts Chapel Rd.
April 26th, 2017 / 10:00am
Small Grains Research Field Day
April 28th, 2017 / 8:00a-2:00p
Agricultural Science Day
J.W Smith School
150 Koonce Town Road
May 11th, 2017 / 9:00am
Rowan County Field Day
Piedmont Research Station
8350 Sherrills Ford Rd.
Salisbury, NC 28147
May 19th – 21st, 2017
Got To Be NC Festival
NC State Fairgrounds
June 20th – 22nd / 9:00a – 3:00p
NC FFA State Convention
Convention Center Raleigh, NC
July 12th / 8:30am – 3:00pm
Research & Education Mtg.
3822 Bland Road
August 10th – 11th
NCSGGA Board Meeting
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
Ron Heiniger’s presentation entitled “The Principles of High Corn Yield” from the Road Show in Washington on January 20th:
Hello everyone! Some of you may have been waiting for the university to release the 2016 Soybean OVT trial results. I just received them and thought I would share. Have a great day.
Happy New Year Everyone! I trust you had a safe and happy holiday season. A new year has begun and I hope 2017 will be a rewarding year for you. Lets begin the year with information about upcoming meetings that you may be interested in attending. Listed below are the dates and locations of statewide and local county meetings. Please share this with your growers. Let me hear from you about small grain growth and development in your region. There will be opportunities to help promote yield with timely management practices. We will discuss this in the next blog. Tobacco growers will soon start seeding greenhouses. I would like to spend about an hour of your time talking about transplant production in greenhouses in one of our January meetings in Kinston. An excellent way to start helping your growers is to encourage them to take a water sample. We will make time to discuss reports and tailor a greenhouse fertility program. Please call if you have agronomy questions. I enjoy working with you all and serving the farmers!
Sincerely, Rick Morris
Tobacco Production and Annual GAP Recertification Trainings — The 2017 winter meeting season is upon us. All U.S. tobacco producers are required to attend a GAP recertification training. Meeting dates, location addresses, and RSVP contacts can be found on the calendar at the GAP Connections website found at: http://www.gapconnections.com/resources/calendar.
Price Risk Management Workshop — January 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Nick Lassiter with the Marketing Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) will provide a FREE workshop on “Managing Price Volatility/Identifying Macro Indicators.” The workshop will focus on the principles of options, spreading strategies, and using options to manage financial risk. For more information or to register, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.C. Blueberry Council — January 10-11 – Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center, 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville – For more information and/or to register, visit http://blueberrytradeshow.com.
28th Annual N.C. Commodities Conference — January 11-13 – Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham – The 28th Annual N.C. Commodities Conference will be the joint meeting of the Soybean, Corn, Cotton, and Small Grains Associations. The conference will include vendor trade shows, keynotes from Dr. Kevin Folta and Randy Dowdy, commodity Extension specialists presentations, annual yield awards, banquet with entertainment by the EMBERS, and much more! Registration and information can be found at www.nccommoditiesconference.com.
Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Meeting — January 12, 6 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – The VFD rule will be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) effective January 1, 2017, with no phase implementation. Jessica Gore, Agriculture Compliance Officer with NCDA&CS, will be present at the meeting to address the VFD rule in depth and how it will affect food animal producers. Local veterinarians will also be present. For more information or to register, contact Taylor Chavis at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Pesticide Recertification Trainings — January 17 – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Class One: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (2 hours), Private Applicator V Training. Class Two: 1 – 3 p.m. (2 hours), Private Applicator X and Commercial A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, and T Training. Please register for each separate class by calling 910-671-3276. Pesticide credit status can be checked at http://www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/pesticides/license.htm. Private Applicator X credits can also be earned by attending any of the approved production meetings as advertised. Refreshments only will be provided. For more information, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robeson County Farmers Market Annual Meeting — January 19, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – For more information or to register (deadline is January 17), contact Mack Johnson at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Cape Fear Regional Cattle Conference — January 24, 4:30 p.m. – Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center, 1027 Highway 74 East, Lumberton – This conference is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on the cattle industry, learn new management practices, and visit with other cattle producers in the area. The conference includes a meal and time to visit vendors. There will be a $5 charge (pay at the door) to help cover the cost of the meal and guest speaker. For more information or to register (deadline is January 19), contact Taylor Chavis at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Beginner Beekeeper School — January 24, 31, and February 7, 14, 28, 6 – 8 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – A fee of $30 will be charged, which covers registration, textbook, handouts, and refreshments. Class is limited to the first 30 to register, so call immediately to reserve your space. For more information or to register, please contact Nelson Brownlee at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet — January 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – You are cordially invited to attend the Robeson County Crop Promotion Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet. The top yield winners in the corn, wheat, and soybean yield contests will be announced as well as recognition for many deserving individuals and farm families for their contributions to agriculture. Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops – N.C. Farm Bureau Rederation, will be the guest speaker. A meal will be provided, so please RSVP by calling 910-671-3276 by January 20. For more information, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland Tri-County Auxin Herbicide Training — February 7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Hoke-Robeson Gin, 7480 Old Maxton Road, Red Springs – This is a brand new stewardship training opportunity highly encouraged for cotton and soybean growers who are interested in using the newly approved, over-the-top application of dicamba or pending label approval of 2,4-D applications in 2017. Dr. Alan York, NCSU Professor Emeritus, will provide recommendations on the proper use and application of these auxin family herbicides. Pesticide credits N, O, D, and X will be available. For more information or to register, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland Tri-County Cotton Production Meeting — February 7, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Hoke-Robeson Gin, 7480 Old Maxton Road, Red Springs – Dr. Guy Collins, NCSU Extension Cotton Specialist, will share the results from the On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program. Dr. Keith Edmisten, NCSU Extension Cotton Specialist, will provide an update on production and management; Dr. Alan York, NCSU Professor Emeritus, will provide information on weed management strategies. Pesticide credits (N, O, D, and X) and CCA credits will be available. A meal will be provided, so please RSVP by February 3. For more information or to register, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Carolina Pesticide Applicator Exam — February 15, 1 – 4 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Persons who need to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicator Exam may do so in any category. Contact the Pesticide Section, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at 919-733-3556 to register or online at http://www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/pesticides/exam.htm. Study manuals may be ordered in advance at www.pesticidemanuals.com. For more information, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland Tri-County Corn and Soybean Production Meeting — February 16, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Dr. Ron Heiniger, NCSU Cropping Systems Specialist, will share recommendations for improving yield in corn and soybean. Dr. Lindsey Thiessan, NCSU Plant Pathologist, will discuss disease management. Dr. Wesly Everman, NCSU Extension Weed Specialist, will provide a weed management update. Pesticide credits (N, O, D, and X) and CCA credits will be available. A meal will be provided, so please RSVP by February 10. For more information or to register, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeast Peanut Production Meeting — February 17, 12 – 2 p.m. – Bladen County Center, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown – Dr. David Jordan, NCSU Extension Peanut Specialist, will provide an update on the latest research findings to improve production and management. Dr. Barbara Shew, NCSU Plant Pathologist, will provide the latest information on fungicide programs and disease management recommendations in peanut. Pesticide credits (N, O, D, and X) and CCA credits will be available. A meal will be provided, so please RSVP to Bruce McLean, Extension Field Crops Agent, at 910-862-4591 or email@example.com by February 10.
23rd Annual N.C. Pecan Growers Workshop — February 18 – Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center, 1027 Highway 74 East, Lumberton – For more information and/or to register, visit www.ncpecans.org. Preregistration helps to begin the workshop on time and makes your wait much shorter when checking in.
Corn Growers Referendum — February 22 – Voting will occur at the O. P. Owens Agriculture Center and designated polling sites across Robeson County. For more information, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pesticide Recertification Trainings — February 24 – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Class One: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (2 hours), Private Applicator V Training. Class Two: 1 – 3 p.m. (2 hours), Private Applicator X and Commercial D, L, and N Training. Please register for each separate class by calling 910-671-3276. Pesticide credit status can be checked at http://www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/pesticides/license.htm. Private Applicator X credits can also be earned by attending any of the approved production meetings as advertised. Refreshments only will be provided. For more information, contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Muscadine Culture and Pruning Demo — February 25, 10 a.m. – 12 noon – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Culture and variety information will be presented followed by an outdoor pruning demonstration, weather permitting (demonstration location to be determined). For more information or to register (deadline is February 22), contact Mack Johnson at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raised-Bed Gardening — March 11, 10 a.m. – 12 noon – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – Information will be presented on raised-bed gardening tools, techniques, appropriate crops, and culture. For more information or to register (deadline is March 9), contact Mack Johnson at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.
Spring Alternative Tour — March 16, 1:15 – 5:30 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – This informative and educational tour will visit two farms that use alternative systems. Growers will have the opportunity to visit a high-tunnel greenhouse and a hydroponic operation. Refreshments and transportation will be provided. For more information or to register (deadline is March 13), contact Nelson Brownlee at 910-671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomatoes, Tomahtoes, and ‘Maters — March 30, 6 – 8 p.m. – O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton – No matter how it’s pronounced, tomatoes are a delectable addition to one’s garden. Variety selection, growing aids, and common pests are just a few topics that will be addressed during this workshop. For more information or to register (deadline is March 28), contact Mack Johnson at 910-671-3276 or email@example.com.