Catawba County Row Crops Program
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.
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
Are you interested in growing Hemp. Take a look at these articles for more info or call our office for more info:
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.
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.
Waterhemp has been found in Catawba County. Take a look at the latest updates from Wes Everman on herbicide resistant weeds.
Check out these tips for scouting corn seedling insects pests.
For more information on the Row Crops program, contact George Place at 828-465-8247.
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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.
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