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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

Troxler recognizes two NCDA&CS employees of the month

By on October 1, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized Dianne Farrer and Ron Stamey as employees of the month for their contributions to the department. The two were presented a plaque for their accomplishments during a ceremony held last week in Raleigh. Regional agronomist

Improved website makes it easier to understand soil reports

By on July 18, 2012

Now is a great time to start preparing for fall plantings on your farm or home garden. And the first step in your preparations should always be a soil test. You can get a free soil test from the department’s

NCDA&CS regional agronomist helps tomato grower boost yield, battle blossom-end rot

By on September 17, 2011

Clayton Garner Jr. of Newport has grown tomatoes for more than 20 years. For much of that time, blossom-end rot — a physiological disorder resulting from insufficient calcium — was a fact of life. But today he has a finely

Farmer’s questions lead to changes in tissue sampling for lettuce

By on May 10, 2011

When farmers need nutrient management advice, they often turn to our Agronomic Services Division. Sometimes, these interactions work in reverse. Two years ago, Bill Hering of Hering Farms in Faison called regional agronomist Tim Hall with a question about tissue

NCDA&CS agronomist gives advice on starting greenhouse production

By on December 23, 2010

WINTERVILLE — Strawberries on 903 is a roadside market named after the highway where it is located, but don’t be fooled, it offers much more than strawberries. And this year the business began offering a new item that has been