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Pod Feeding Insects
Field Report August 31, 2016: With greater than 80% of the soybean acreage in North Carolina setting pods, now is the time to be on the lookout for pod feeding insects. Corn earworm and stink bugs are the two most serious insect threats to NC soybean growers.
Stem Canker
Field Report August 24, 2016: Stem canker is a fungal disease that occurs sporadically from year to year in N.C. Infection is dependent on favorable weather conditions, specifically prolonged wet weather early in the season. Stem canker is caused by fungi in the genus Diaporthe. Infection by the fungus occurs early in the season, during the early vegetative stages of growth but typically, symptoms don’t appear until the plants begin pod fill.
China Trade Team Visits N.C.
Reps. of China’s top soy processors visited N.C. on Friday – Saturday Aug. 26-27.  The trade team was on a multi-state U.S. tour organized by USSEC. The team had an unforgettable experience on the Fleming Brothers farm in Halifax County and at the Ram Albemarle Club on the Roanoke River, where they discovered N.C. whole hog barbecue. See more pictures and updates from the day HERE!
Soybean/ Cotton Field Day a Success
Over 50 farmers and sales reps gathered in Scotland Neck yesterday for a Soybean & Cotton Field Day.  A foggy morning turned into a hot day but that didn’t stop us. Read more about the day and the discussed topics!
August Soybean Update
While much of the South has seen soybean rust this summer, so far N.C. has steered clear from the threat. The closest soybean rust to N.C. is still 160 miles from Charlotte. Continue here to see Jim Dunphy & Lindsey Thiessen's soybean rust update from August.  
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 rgrantham@smithfield.com. 
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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