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Grain sorghum gaining in popularity with N.C. farmers

By on December 1, 2012

North Carolina farmers grew about 50,000 acres of grain sorghum this year, an estimated 10-fold increase over 2011. The are several reasons why the crop is becoming popular with growers: drought tolerance; flexible planting dates; unattractiveness to deer; no need

USDA forecasting record yields for N.C. peanuts, soybeans

By on November 14, 2012

North Carolina’s peanut and soybean crops are forecast to have record-setting yields this year, according to the USDA Crop Production Report for November. The yield for peanuts is forecast to be 3,800 pounds per acre, which would be 100 pounds

News Roundup: June 30-July6

By on July 6, 2012

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “There’s a strong interest

News Roundup: October 23-29

By on October 29, 2010

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “After Flooding, NC Crops

Photos from the Field: Piles of Soil Samples

By on August 31, 2009

Soil testing is one service the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division offers for farmers and consumers, which allows for hobby gardeners and larger farm operations alike to figure out the right amount of lime and fertilizer for optimum yield and environmental protection.