Reducing Harvest Loss
Field Report September 28, 2016:  You have spent the entire season caring for your soybean crop, hoping to produce the best crop possible. After all the time and inputs spent on the crop, too much is at risk to do a poor job harvesting. Studies have shown that soybean field losses are anywhere from 5% to 20% depending on the year. Reducing harvest loss to 3% to 4% could significantly improve profits. The first step in reducing harvest loss is to know how much you are losing and from where so you can make proper adjustments.
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Improving Weather Tolerance
Checkoff funded research has helped identify a previously unused gene pool from Europe which will enable scientists to breed more weather-tolerant soybeans. Check out this new video from USB featuring North Carolina’s own Dr. Tommy Carter of the USDA, discussing the work they are doing to improve the tolerance of soybeans to a variety of weather conditions through breeding. 
Fall is the Time to Sample for Nematodes
Field Report September 21, 2016: As we move into September, preparing for harvest is on everyone’s mind, but now is also the time to think about nematode numbers in your fields. Two species of economic importance to N.C. growers are root-knot nematode (RKN) and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and these can cause significant yield losses. Although many growers do not realize it, nematodes are probably the most serious disease problem for N.C. soybeans and may be reducing yield by as much as 7-8%. 
Donate Deer to Feed Hungry and Help Farmers
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission have partnered on a program to help farmers manage whitetailed deer through hunting and to help local food banks through donations of venison. The program works through local civic organizations, youth groups and hunt clubs that seek to encourage donations of venison to local food charities. Some local groups run events around donating harvested venison and even collect deer in mobile coolers. Click here to find out how you can help!
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
 Grain growers in Pitt, Greene, Lenoir, Sampson, Wayne, Duplin, and Robeson Counties are now eligible to receive cost-share funding for conservation practices under a new award granted to the N.C. Soybean Producers Association and partners. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) creates a dedicated supply of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds for farmers in the target counties who implement nutrient management, conservation tillage, and cover crop practices. Project partners include SmithfieldGro, a Smithfield Hog Production Division program that assists grain growers improve their productivity, profitability, and sustainability. Interested farmers should apply for EQIP at their county NRCS office and specify that they want to take part in the SmithfieldGro RCPP fund.
Questions can be directed to Rachel Grantham, SmithfieldGro Agronomist, at 910-284-1761 or 
Going to the N.C. State Fair?

Then don't forget to stop by the Got To Be N.C. Tent and see the NCSPA booth! There will be activities for the kids, and great info and giveaways for all ages! Look for the booth daily, October 13-23, 2016!

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