Posts tagged Kent Messick

Grain sorghum gaining in popularity with N.C. farmers

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 for specialized equipment or costly inputs; and improved rotation and double-crop options for management of […]

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

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 higher than the previous record, set in 2009. Production is forecast to total 402.8 million […]

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News Roundup: June 30-July6

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 in Friends of Agriculture,” Mecklenburg County Extension Blog: The 20 or so farmers and food […]

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News Roundup: October 23-29

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 Faring Pretty Well,” Southern Farm Network: Last time we heard from Kent Messick, Section Chief […]

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Photos from the Field: Piles of Soil Samples

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. By November, which is when this photo was likely taken, the lab will be well […]

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