Dr. Jill Sidebottom, with NC State University’s Christmas Tree Program, and county agents are working on a pollinator study specifically looking at tree farms in Watauga, Ashe, Allegheny, Avery and Mitchell counties. The study will follow these farms for an entire year, taking data on the mix of specific plants growing under the trees, what’s flowering and when, and what types of pollinators and other insects are observed.
Twelve cotton producers from the South will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s SJV on July 22-25 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2012 Producer Information Exchange Program.
Already a model for other areas, officials with Pilot Mountain Pride say they have hopes to build on the services they offer in an effort to make it easier for county residents to access farm-fresh, locally-grown vegetables and produce.
Late blight, a plant disease that can kill tomato plants, has been found on North Carolina tomatoes earlier in the growing season this year than usual, according to a Cooperative Extension plant pathologist at North Carolina State University.
Changes in cropping systems or management practices often lead to unfamiliar and unforeseen problems. However, if the problems are fertility-related, then agronomic tests can make them relatively easy to solve. Plant tissue analysis, in particular, offers quick, precise and inexpensive diagnosis as well as recommendations for management and yield optimization.
In North Carolina, a new study indicates that indirect land use change is not statistically correlated with high crop prices, at least to the degree that many models predict. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that as prices increase on crops, farmers make changes that result in higher per acre yields, and that they react to lower prices.
Amid widespread concern that ongoing drought conditions in the Midwest will drastically deplete the season's corn harvest, North Carolina growers say crops in the Cape Fear region are faring remarkably well.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has launched an initiative to help grow the state’s agricultural economy by creating more crop choices for North Carolina farmers. Following months of discussions with partners statewide, NCBiotech has established the Biotechnology Crops Commercialization Center, targeting potentially valuable crops adapted to the state’s diverse soil, climate and agribusiness conditions. Veteran ag biotech leader Alan Kriz, Ph.D., has joined NCBiotech’s AgBiotech Group as executive director of the crops commercialization center.
Two Quarter horses were euthanized this month after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. The unvaccinated horses, one a 2-year-old Robeson County mare and the other a 7-year-old stallion from Bladen County, exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression and inability to stand or eat.
Dr. Richard Linton, a nationally recognized food-safety authority who serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, has been named dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 15. Provost Warwick Arden announced the appointment today.
The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today.
State horticulture experts are warning gardeners to take precautions now to save their tomatoes from a killer fungus called blight.
Two forms of blight — early and late, both caused by fungus-like plant diseases — have been found on North Carolina tomatoes with late blight showing up earlier in the growing season than usual this year, Kelly Ivors, an associate professor of plant pathology at N.C. State said Monday in a news release from the N.C. Cooperative Extension.
A fresh look awaits members of the public who visit the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website to search for their agronomic reports. The site has been redesigned to make searching for reports easier and provide useful new features.
There aren’t any reliable statistics on the number of urban farmers, defined as someone who grows food for sale inside city limits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a small farmer as someone who sells $250,000 or less.
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