RALEIGH, NC — A 948-pound pumpkin grown by Gail Newsom in Pinnacle and a 302-pound watermelon grown by Chris “Superman” Kent from Sevierville, TN took the top prizes in the Great Pumpkin and Watermelon Weigh-Off at the NC State Fair. This event is sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, an international organization that promotes growing giant vegetables. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
by Tamara Scully
Technology is impacting day-to-day farming operations, whether your farm is large or small. While the price tag that comes with some of this technology may be a barrier to many small farmers, there is a type of technology which can offer farmers high-tech information, without a large investment in specialized equipment: the cell phone app. [Read more…]
Growers who use greenhouses or tunnels strive to keep crops in them for as much of the year as possible. Whether a greenhouse is used for a continuous cropping cycle or to extend the season, sanitation is critical to minimizing disease and ensuring a healthy crop.
Steve Bogash, Penn State University horticulture educator, says managing weeds is an important first step when it comes to sanitizing houses and materials associated with growing between crops. [Read more…]