Healthy Farms as a Buffer to Sprawl; an Emotional Appeal to Modern Consumers
For many years, the agricultural sector has tried to connect with its customer base by highlighting the ways in which scientific advancements and improved farming practices have contributed to a global food supply which is safer, more abundant and lower cost. While this line of reasoning resonated strongly with older generations, who lived through economic depressions and wartime rationing, it seems to carry less weight with younger Americans, many of whom view food insecurity as a thing of the past. With low-cost food now taken for granted, the farming community has increasingly found itself under attack in ways that would have been unthinkable a generation ago. These affronts to agriculture often come from a place of privilege or ideological difference with recent examples including the nuisance lawsuits in North Carolina and threats to deny growers access to key crop protection tools at the national level.   

Recognizing that some of the traditional appeals from modern agriculture for the hearts and minds of consumers have fallen flat, we are using this blog post to explore the potency of new emotional appeal: The importance of a thriving agricultural sector as a buffer to suburban sprawl and farmland loss. After all, it would seem that individuals with the luxury of casting doubt on conventional agricultural practices might be among the most appreciative of the views it affords.   
Foliar & Non-Foliar Yield Enhancements
There is no shortage of foliar & non-foliar yield enhancement products for NC soybean growers to chose from. However, profit margins for soybeans are currently narrow. That means it is even more important to evaluate the potential yield advantages vs. cost of these products. Over the last several years, the NCSPA has utilized checkoff funding to evaluate the efficacy of these products with NCSU Extension. Having an unbiased and trusted source evaluate the efficacy of such products is essential to making decisions about what products, if any, should be added to a farm operation. Continue through the links below to how the different products measured up over the past several years.
Foliar Yield Enhancements 
Non-Folair Yield Enhancements
Soybeans & Livestock- a Symbiosis in the Southeast
Looking at a map of soybean production nationally, it is clear that production is concentrated in the Midwest, Northern Plains, and Mississippi Delta. In this same map, North Carolina stands out as an island of production, or, for those sticklers for geography – the southernmost part of an archipelago of production, on the Eastern Seaboard. While soybeans are rarely the direct target of the legislative and ideological battles surrounding agriculture that are increasingly being fought in Raleigh, it is important to recognize that they are not immune to collateral damage. Soybeans and livestock represent a delicate symbiosis in the state and if soybean production is to thrive in the years ahead, a healthy livestock sector in North Carolina must remain part of the picture.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss what drives soybean production in various regions of the US and the importance of a healthy livestock sector to soybean production in North Carolina and the Southeast more generally.

Early Season Scouting
Scouting is critical to helping make management decisions that will ultimately increase profitability. Early rounds of scouting should look for emergence, stand and uniformity, early seedling diseases and weeds. Scouting often is essential to catching early season problems.

We’ve been lucky to have pretty good planting weather thus far this season and for many NC farmers, beans have been in the ground for a few weeks. Others are just getting started, and still, others are making decisions about replanting because of too little or too much moisture.

Continue here to see what you need to be looking for when out in the fields, and the resources available to help you.
NCSPA Staff & Contractors
Owen Wagner, Chief Executive Officer
Ashley Thomas, Member Relations Manager
Beth Holleman, Accounts Manager
Katherine Drake Stowe, Research Coordinator
Laura Rogers, Outreach Education Coordinator
Karen Wing, Communications Contractor
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