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Recent Poll Response
2016 N.C. Farmers Preferences on Planting Seed with Lower Germination

Recently, the NCSPA conducted a survey among growers about the impact of the tight seed supply on their variety selections. The survey asked farmers if it would impact the harvest of other crops if they cannot obtain seed for MG 6 or 7 soybeans in 2016 and they opt to plant an earlier maturity group (MG 5 or earlier).
  • 78% responded they would experience only low or moderate impact. 
The survey also asked farmers if they would prefer adjusting planting rates if they were offered MG 6 or 7 soybeans AND the germination was specified at 65% to 70%, vs. planting an earlier maturity variety.
  • 63% of farmers said they would prefer to adjust planting rates.
  • 37% said they would prefer planting an earlier maturity group.
2016 Soybean Population Information
Have questions on what soybean population to plant this year, given the potential for poorer seed quality and lower germination percentage? The chart below shows plants per acre based on various potential germination rates. Dr. Dunphy, Extension Soybean Specialist at N.C. State University, considers 75,000, 90,000. or 100,000 an adequate stand for maintaining yield when planted in May, June, or July respectively. Read more on our website about planting rate chart!
Making Sure Equipment is Ready to Roll
As the planting and growing seasons begin, it’s a good idea to check farm equipment to ensure it’s running optimally. Common problems equipment dealers see each year are issues with calibration, monitor settings and unforeseen part failure. Checking equipment before things get too busy can save time and money later. And, with the increased use of precision technology, small problems can cause even bigger issues. Continue to our blog to get the full inspection check list!
Soy Transportation Calculator Helps Determine Most Profitable Option 
When commodity prices are lower, farmers need to keep costs low to maximize profitability. Transportation costs can quickly impact the bottom line, but they’re not something that growers always take into account. Continue to our site to read about a new calculator created by the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) that will help make it easy to determine the most profitable transportation option by taking into account revenue and costs associated with different delivery options, including local and distant.
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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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