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Now is a good time to assess the nutrient needs to optimize wheat yields.
The collecting of biomass samples may be fairly new to growers. The idea was based on research by Randy Weisz of North Carolina State University. He developed a method of using biomass weight along with tissue test results to calculate more site-specific nitrogen recommendations.
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North Carolina produces 4.4-million poinsettias a year, and they're not all red.
Cortez Burgundy, Bravo Bright Red, Ruby Frost, Jubilee White, Pink Cadillac are just a few of the inventively named colors.
NC State has been is the site of the annual National Poinsettia Trial for more than 20 years.
So NPR's Leoneda Inge visited with Dr. John Dole at the CALS Horticulture Field Lab greenhouses, filled with the varieties surveyed for this year's annual evaluation.
Dr. Dole explains why North Carolina's multi-million dollar poinsettia industry is famous all over the world.