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The Catawba County Cooperative Extension Row Crops Program provides technical support and educational training for commercial farmers of traditional row crops such as corn, soybean, small grains. As well as alternative row crops such as hemp, canola, sorghum, and others.

Our row crops agent, Dr. George Place, also provides consultation for commercial vegetable producers, pond weeds, biotic and abiotic problem diagnostics and management, weed identification, soil management, and general agronomy. We provide consultation to farmers with field visits, problem diagnostics, and field sampling for laboratory analysis.

Program Vision: to provide row crop producers with the information and technical training that they need to improve farm profitability.

Program Goal: to provide educational and technical assistance to farmers based on their production needs.


Paraquat training is now required for applications containing products with a 2019 or later label. Trade names include, but may not be limited to the following – Gramoxone Extra, Parashot, Parazone, Quick Quat, Firestorm, or Helmquat. Anybody who applies, mixes, or handles paraquat must be a certified applicator (holder of their own license). One person can’t work under another person’s license. Training is two part. You must visit this website, enroll as a guest, when it asks for a password, type in Paraquat, with a capital P, listen to a 45 minute presentation and complete a final quiz. To pass, you must get 100% of the questions correct. You can take the quiz as many times as needed. Once you pass the quiz, you can print off a certificate that shows you have successfully received training. Training will be required every three years.

Auxin Herbicide Training is required for all persons planning to apply dicamba (Engenia, FeXapan, or XtendiMax) to Xtend cotton or soybeans or 2,4-D (Enlist Duo or Enlist One) to Enlist cotton or soybeans. Take a look at the 2020 full schedule of training sessions around the state. 1 CEU for pesticide licenses N, D, O, X will also be given.

Take a look at this training about Enlist E3 soybeans from Dr. Alan York. The password for the recording is: 2O?e*Z%6

The 2019 Auxin Herbicides-Best Management Practices training was recently recorded. Contact you local Extension agent for more details. Read more at:

The 2019 Auxin Herbicides-Best Management Practices training was recently recorded. Contact you local Extension agent for more details.

Covid-19 Info

Small Business Benefits and the CARES Act: What Farm and Food Producers Need to Know  

Paycheck Protection Loans Available to Farmers, Regardless of Revenue, Apply Now

Small Business Coronavirus Relief Options

Industrial Hemp

Are you interested in growing Hemp? Take a look at these articles for more info or call our office for more info:

Hemp Production – Keeping THC Levels Low

Hemp Production – Market Opportunities and Risk

Harvesting and Drying Hemp For CBD

Hemp Production in Catawba County

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Replanting Soybean Considerations

Planting soybeans with cool weather on the horizon

Enlist Soybean Trait Herbicide Systems Comparison – Label Facts.pdf

Seven-State Soybean Sulfur Fertilization Trials

Predicting Soybean Growth Stages

Video on the value of foliar feeding soybeans at growth stage R3

Important Changes to Insecticide Recommendations and Thresholds for Corn Earworm

What Have We Learned From Several Years of Foliar Yield Enhancement Soybean Trials in North Carolina?

Video summarizing our results from the Soybean Uniform Emergence work from 2016-2018

Pre-plant fertility for soybeans

Planting soybeans into cereal rye

Mitigating the risk of very early soybean planting

Early maturing soybeans – how are they performing across the state?  Take a look at this video.

For a more comprehensive summary on early MG soybean performance, take a look at this publication.

Soybean growers have a new tool from the Official Variety Testing (OVT) that takes place throughout NC. Take a look at this variety selector tool. You can filter by maturity group, herbicide technology, company, disease resistance, and more. You can also sort by yield

Take a look at the Ag Tech Toolshed from the United Soybean Board

2019 Soybean Yield Contest Results are available.

NCSU soybean production guide

Small Grains

90 second video on current wheat fertility recommendations

Cereal leaf beetle in wheat

Italian ryegrass is a challenging weed to control in wheat. Take a look at this 2 minute video for the most recent updates.

For Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), the most effective fungicides are Prosaro, Caramba, Proline, and Miravis Ace. Fungicides containing strobilurins may increase the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON), and those fungicides should not be used after flag leaf in case of an FHB epidemic. Use the Fusarium Risk Assessment Tool to help you decide if spraying a fungicide is the best decision.

Small Grain OVT results for 2019

Small Grain OVT results for 2018

Small Grain Production Guide


Corn Production Guide

Keys to Successful Corn Production

Weed Management

Palmer Amaranth Control in Soybeans

Waterhemp has been found in Catawba County. Take a look at the latest updates from Wes Everman on herbicide resistant weeds.

Insect Management

See these new threshholds for spraying stink bugs in corn.

Threshholds for spraying for corn ear worm in soybean.soybean damage chart

Check out these tips for scouting corn seedling insects pests.

corn ear worm

Disease Management

If you need to schedule a fit test for your respirator (dust mask or half face type) our office can help you. Give us a call to set up an appointment – 828-465-8240.

For more information on the Row Crops program, contact George Place at 828-465-8247.

Stay up to date about all of the classes, workshops, cooking classes, tours, and activities – sign up for the Catawba County Extension monthly newsletter.

men outside grain silosign at a row crops trialpeople in fieldpresenter to a group at a field day

Additional Resources For Row Crop Production

NC FarmLink: The mission of NC FarmLink is to connect farmers with land to farm. A robust database allows users to have their own account. Farm seekers can develop a profile that can be viewed by farm owners and land owners seeking to find someone to buy, lease, or work on their farm. Farm owners and and landowners can develop property profiles to describe the land they want to sell, lease, or have someone come to work on their farm.

Minority and Veteran Farmer Resources

Take a look at the Southwest Piedmont Grain Grower’s Portal for information on soybean and corn variety trials, respirator fit test fact sheet, and more.

National Crop Insurance Services has established a new website


Hemp Production – Keeping THC Levels Low

Hemp Production – Market Opportunities and Risk

Hemp Production in Catawba County

Harvesting and Drying Hemp For CBD

Herbicide Resistance