A dismal fall for crops in the Carolinas and Virginia

CM-MR-NC-3-DISMAL-SEASON#C31by Chris Bickers

As farmers gathered at the North Carolina State Fair, there was much bemoaning of the bad weather that has characterized this season right up until fair time. In fact, the Sunday after the Fair began on Oct. 16, a killing frost set in, followed by another the following morning.

The frost varied in its severity from north to south, with the growing season for cold-sensitive crops essentially coming to an end. The continuous rains had already marred the late season at the beginning of October. [Read more…]

Turning a profit with Jersey milk

CM-MR-3-JERSEY-CHEESE_011by Sally Colby

When Karen Mickler and her husband Bruce DeGroot purchased a remote 50-acre mountain farm in Robbinsville, NC in 1980, they planned to produce as much food for themselves as they could. Part of that plan included a Jersey cow by the name of Rosebud.

“We didn’t buy this land with the intention of having a dairy farm,” said Karen. “We bought one milk cow, Rosebud, but she gave so much milk that we learned to make cheese. We had so much cheese and then another cow, so we got a license to sell our cheese.” [Read more…]

NC State Fair’s Jr. Sale of Champions

CM-MR-1-NC-SALE-OF-CHAMPIONS_011by Chris Bickers

In 2014, the North Carolina State Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale of Champions was moved from the small sales arena in the Jim Graham Building out onto the main floor, which was set up to be audience friendly.

The timing was changed too, so that what had been a midday sale conducted while many other livestock activities were going on now took place in “prime time” when distracting activities were minimal. [Read more…]

T.A. Seeds introduces new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans

JERSEY SHORE, PA — T.A. SEEDS has introduced five new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans. The addition of these new products compliments a diverse and expanding soybean product line available from T.A. SEEDS dealers throughout the Eastern United States.

The soybean varieties range from late-group II to early-group V and feature the latest in high performance soybean genetics and comprehensive disease packages well-suited to the diverse pressures of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic growing conditions. Built on the high-yield potential of the Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® trait, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans offer tolerance to both dicamba (pending regulatory approval) and glyphosate herbicides. [Read more…]

New rules for antimicrobial drug use in food animals

By Sanne Kure-Jensen

On Oct. 1, 2015, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules changed for the use of certain antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) commonly used in livestock production.

Craig Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Center Director
Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA said, “Any antimicrobial use can lead to resistance.” He urged producers to take steps now to mitigate risks of increasing the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our food supply to protect human and animal health. [Read more…]