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USDA Announces Loan Rates for Wheat, Feed Grains, Oilseeds, Rice and Pulse Crops

USDAWASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the 2017 marketing assistance loan rates by county for wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans and each “other oilseed” (canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sesame seed and sunflower seed), loan rates by region for pulses (dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas and large chickpeas), and loan rates by state for rough rice. READ MORE

Rouzer Agriculture Subcommittee hosts hearing, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer held a public hearing entitled, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives.”  This hearing continues the series of House Agriculture Committee hearings that set the stage for the next farm bill.  This hearing provided representatives from four of the major livestock producer groups the opportunity to discuss their experiences with current programs, challenges facing the industry and priorities for the upcoming farm bill. READ MORE

Take soil samples to know plants’ spring fertilization needs

RALEIGH — Spring is the best time to fertilize your shrubs as it promotes optimal growth with healthy foliage and abundant flowers. Well-fertilized shrubs not only improve the aesthetics of the landscape and provide wildlife habitat, but also enhance value and appearance of the property. READ MORE

Backyard/Small Flock Poultry Meeting set for April 6

There will be a Backyard/Small Flock Poultry Meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will be at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.

Topics will include: chick brooding, feeding chickens for egg production, culling standards for egg layers, and money saving ideas for small flocks.  Feed and Garden Center will sponsor refreshments.  READ MORE

Hand Tool Repair Workshop with Tool Kit set for March 15

Are your hand tools in disrepair, not sharp at all, handles rough and put splinters in your hands? The Hand Tool Repair Workshop on Wednesday, March 15, from 9 am-noon will be a show and tell on how, you can repair rough wooden handles and sharpen the blades of spades and hoes.

You will also learn how to clean and sharpen hand clippers properly. READ MORE

Bladen County Farmer Attends 2017 NC State Tobacco Short Course

A Bladen County tobacco farmer, Scott Edwards of Bladenboro, participated with 45 other tobacco farmers and industry representatives recently in the 2017 NC State Tobacco Short Course in Raleigh.

Edwards farms with his father J.D., at Edwards Farms Inc. Last year the Edwards’ grew 175 acres of flue-cured tobacco along with another 1,500 acres of other crops on their farming operation. READ MORE

The North Carolina Horse Council to hold equine industry referendum Wednesday

RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Horse Council announced plans for holding an equine industry referendum to extend the Horse Industry Promotion Assessment which was first authorized in 1999.  The referendum will be conducted in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. READ MORE

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for March 2017

USDAWASHINGTON, March 1, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for March 2017. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for March is 0.875 percent, unchanged from 0.875 percent in February. READ MORE

Applications being accepted for the Industrial  Hemp Research Pilot Program

RALEIGH – Applications are now being accepted for a pilot program to grow industrial hemp for research in North Carolina. There is no deadline to apply for the program, which is open to farmers who can show evidence of income from a farming operation. READ MORE

N.C. tomato growers plan referendum in March

RALEIGH – The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. Funds generated by the assessment would support research, education and marketing to promote tomatoes grown in North Carolina.

The proposed assessment term is six years, beginning with the 2017 crop. All N.C. farmers engaged in the production of tomatoes on a commercial basis, including owners of farms where tomatoes are produced, tenants and sharecroppers, are eligible to vote. READ MORE

2017 N.C. boll weevil assessment drops to 75 cents per acre

RALEIGH — The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2017 boll weevil assessment at 75 cents per acre of cotton, dropping the fee from $1.

The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage in North Carolina for any re-introduction of the boll weevil and to respond promptly with eradication treatments if necessary.

“This trapping and monitoring program is a great investment for farmers who already have a lot of variables to manage in raising a crop,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. READ MORE

BeeCheck maps hives and protects pollinators

RALEIGH – Recent reports of mosquito spraying for Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in other states have led to many N.C. residents asking what can they do to protect commercial and hobby beehives across the state. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages bee owners to use the BeeCheck mapping software to alert farmers and pesticide applicators to the location of their hives. READ MORE

Bladen Conservation District – New Rental Equipment

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District has a new rental tool available. It is a Grassworks – Carpet Wick Applicator. It can be used on many low grassworksgrowing crops such as peanuts, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum, and pastures, to kill unwanted weeds.

The Carpet Wick Applicator is light weight and easy to use. It has a steel rotating drum that is covered with a synthetic carpet material – wetted by a 12-volt pump. The synthetic carpet holds the herbicide until transferred to the undesirable grasses and weeds. The drum turns in the opposite direction that the Weed Wiper is traveling to apply more herbicide directly to the unwanted weed.

There are many benefits to a wiper applicator. The first is the use of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide. This allows control of most weeds in many crops, as long as the weed is taller than the crop.

The herbicide is applied only to the weeds. This reduces the amount of herbicide used per acre, reduces the amount of chemicals introduced into the environment and reduces or eliminates damage to non-target species.

Call the Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Office for usage and rental information at (910) 862-3179 Ext. 3

Grain Drills Available for Rent!

The Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District has two grain drills available for rent to Bladen and surrounding county farmers.Grain Drill 1
John Deere (1590) –grain drill 2This is a 10’ wide no-till drill that is used to plant all small grain crops such as wheat, oats, and rye, as well as plant soybeans and most grass seeds.Great Plains (706NT) – This is a 7’ wide no-till drill that will plant all small grain crops. It will also plant grass seeds and native grasses, and can be used with smaller tractors.The rental fee for either drill is $8.00 per acre, with a minimum charge of $50.00.  To assure availability, call the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District office at (910) 862-3179, Ext. 3, or visit the office at 122 Powell-Melvin Ag Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.