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EPA Public Comment Period for Dicamba 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public comments on the registration of Monsanto’s new dicamba formulation premixed with glyphosate to use in Monsanto’s Xtend trait systems in soybean and cotton. Although in commercial use for years, the use of dicamba in Monsanto’s Xtend seed trait system requires a new, separate registration. The public comment period is open from Apr.1 – May 31. Public comments will influence the EPA’s decision to grant the required registration. Continue reading to find out what you need to know.

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2016-2017 Research Projects Locations
Each year, the NCSPA sponsors research projects throughout the state to gain valuable information to share with growers. Hopefully that information will help N.C. soybean growers make better decisions on how to manage their crops. Over 30 research projects and demonstrations will be conducted by N.C. State University researchers, private crop consultants, and county extension agents and funded by the soy checkoff. Topics include variety selection, nutrient management, soil health, cover crop practices, weed management and disease resistance. The map below indicates the counties where projects are being conducted. Continue to our blog to read more about this year's research projects!
Soy Research Coordinator Reaches Out to Growers
Katherine Stowe, NCSPA’s research coordinator and newest employee, recently conducted the first of several farm shop meetings with a group of farmers from Orange and Alamance counties. The meeting was at the McPherson Farm in northern Orange County on May 10, 2016.

“We really appreciate all the growers that turned out to meet and talk about soy research needs,” said Stowe. “Growers clearly stated that they want research that addresses local conditions and local production requirements. The soybean association is going to be very responsive to what growers want from their checkoff research investments.”

The N.C. Soybean Producers Association invests farmers’ soy checkoff dollars in production research projects at N.C. State University and with private consultants. Stowe will be scheduling farm shop meetings to hear from growers at locations around the state.
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybean Varieties
‘Roundup Ready 2 Xtend’ (RR2 Xtend) soybean varieties are now becoming available for planting. Farmers should be aware of some significant concerns about use of these varieties. As of May 2, 2016, these seed were not approved for sale in Europe.  Processors and elevators may require special conditions for purchasing these beans from growers. Perdue Agribusiness has notified producers and suppliers they will work with them to provide a market for these varieties. Farmers who plan to sell grain of these varieties to Perdue must notify Perdue in writing when the crop is planted, and Perdue will notify them of where the soybeans must be delivered this fall. We’re currently not aware of other processors and elevators committing to buying RR2 Xtend soybeans OR explicitly excluding them from commerce. However, it is imperative that growers check with buyers about delivery of RR2 Xtend. The U.S. trade is anxiously awaiting European Union approval of these varieties, which could happen at any time. Also please remember that RR2 Xtend varieties cannot be legally sprayed with any formulation of dicamba.  Keep these thoughts in mind when making decisions about this year’s soybean crop.
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NCSPA Now On Social Media!
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is now on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! You can follow our accounts by searching N.C. Soybeans or our name and get up to date news from the association!
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