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Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Based on last year’s success and the ongoing high prices for soybeans for double-cropping, North Carolina growers are expected to plant another record crop of wheat this fall.

 

On Sept. 17, CALS weed scientist & researcher, Dr. Wes Everman, will discuss the most recent research-based wheat weed control methods, chemicals & recommendations.

 

Image: USDA

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Lansing warns of emerald ash borer

Lansing warns of emerald ash borer | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Lansing city officials are warning local residents to be on the lookout for evidence of the emerald ash borer."

 

State & USDA officials have identified the invasive insect pest for the first time in Kansas, in Wyandotte County on Aug. 29.

 

The insect is spreading in the US and poses a serious mortality threat to ash trees.

 

Photo of mature adult emerald ash borers emerging from tree bark: US Forest Service

 

 

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Two CALS Researchers Comment on the Film, Food, Inc. | UNC-TV

Two CALS Researchers Comment on the Film, Food, Inc. | UNC-TV | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Nancy Creamer, Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), which teaches & promotes organic agriculture, and agricultural economist, Dr. Kelly Zering, comment on the controversial film, Food, Inc.

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Burlington buzzes with beekeepers

Burlington buzzes with beekeepers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Vermont reporter Keith McGilvery learns what it takes to become a beekeeper from CALS Apiculture research technician, Jennifer Keller.

 

Nice video explains:

Don't fear honeybees (they're not aggressive like yellowjackets)

Like to eat? Then bees are important to YOU (they pollinate most fruits & veggies)

It's easy to practice beekeeping: Relaxing, to watch them, Jennifer says!

 

CALS Apiculture program:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Selecting optimum wheat seeding rate no easy task | Grains | Content from Southeast Farm Press

Selecting optimum wheat seeding rate no easy task | Grains | Content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina State University Small Grains Specialist Randy Weisz recently showed a group of grain growers a series of large wheat plots planted at seeding rates ranging from 1.1 million seed per acre all the way up to 2 million seed per acre.

 

He explains how growers can optimize yield by using an efficient planting density, which reduces unnecessary seed cost. He suggests using a simple new tool from The North Carolina Grain Growers Association. The recently developed tool is a simple calculator/slide rule that will make that conversion for the grower. “It’s a neat little tool that is easy to use to convert seed per acre to pounds of seed per acre,” Weisz says.

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NC State Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability

NC State Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

WUNC 91.5 public radio reports that "A group of NC State researchers have studied whether livestock production can keep up with population growth."

 

Economist, Dr. Kelly Zering, chaired the CAST group which issued the report on water & land use issues, sustainability, and animal agriculture.

 

CALS news report:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/report-livestock-production-can-rise-sustainably/

 

Full text free download of the Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) report, here:

http://www.cast-science.org/publications/?water_and_land_issues_associated_with_animal_agriculture_a_us_perspective&show=product&productID=261302

 

 

 

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Report: Animal production can grow sustainably | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Report: Animal production can grow sustainably | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Economist, Dr. Kelly Zering chairs committee issuing new Cast report titled:

 

Water and Land Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A U.S. Perspective

 

Free full text download here:

 

http://www.cast-science.org/publications/?water_and_land_issues_associated_with_animal_agriculture_a_us_perspective&show=product&productID=261302

 

 

 

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Initiative to support modernization of field research launched to honor Dr. David Smith | CALS News Center, NCSU

Initiative to support modernization of field research launched to honor Dr. David Smith | CALS News Center, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The Smith Initiative will fund needed equipment and services to help ensure that the state’s field research facilities have the 21st-century infrastructure required for emerging agricultural challenges, help farmers utilize technology to meet good agricultural practice standards and deliver new solutions to feed the world. Inviting ongoing support, Dr. Sylvia Blankenship, CALS dean in the interim, announced at the reception that, thanks to more than 40 lead contributors, the initiative had already accrued more than $35,000. Smith himself is among the lead donors to the initiative."

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Cotton Field Day is Sept. 12 | CALS News Center

Cotton Field Day is Sept. 12 | CALS News Center | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

N.C. State University’s Cotton Field Day will take place Sept. 12 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount. The bi-annual event, co-sponsored by the N.C. Cotton Producers Association, will focus on latest research into cotton tillage, variety trials, disease and insect management and rotational considerations.


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A look at the economic impact of honeybees - Triangle Business Journal

A look at the economic impact of honeybees - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Not everyone associates honeybees directly with the economy, but honeybee pollination...
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The Weekly: August 29, 2012 - IFT.org

The Weekly: August 29, 2012 - IFT.org | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

National Resources Defense Council Report: US food waste is on the rise, possible solutions proposed.

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Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS researhcers Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty find that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 Read the new paper in Crop Science:
http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

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NCSU CALS Plant Biology Seminar Aug 28, 2012

NCSU CALS Plant Biology Seminar Aug 28, 2012 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Yongjian Qiu, Department of Biology, Duke University, will speak on Aug. 28 at 4pm.

 

Topic: The function of calreticulin in plant immunity: New discoveries for an old protein


Host: Dr. Deyu Xie

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How Fungi May Create the Amazon's Clouds | Rainforest | DISCOVER Magazine

How Fungi May Create the Amazon's Clouds | Rainforest | DISCOVER Magazine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The microscopic life of the world's largest rainforest may be feeding the clouds above it. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.

 

Also check out our related article! CALS researchers studied the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), which are beneficial to plants, in soil carbon cycling, with implications for climate change. Their findings are unexpected.

 

Here's a news summary:

http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/mkhusoil/

 

The paper can be found here:

"Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Increase Organic Carbon Decomposition Under Elevated CO2"

by Lei Cheng, Fitzgerald L. Booker, Cong Tu, Kent O. Burkey, Lishi Zhou, H. David Shew, Thomas W. Rufty & Shuijin Hu, in Science vol. 337 no. 6098, pp. 1084-1087

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6098/1084

 

 

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NC State News :: Unexpected Finding Shows Climate Change Complexities in Soil

NC State News :: Unexpected Finding Shows Climate Change Complexities in Soil | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Scientists have assumed that elevated CO2 would stimulate the beneficial plant root fungi, arbuscular mycorrhizae (AMF), to sequester carbon in the soil.

 

This study challenges that assumption, and predictions based upon it, of carbon balance in future climate change. USDA funded the study.

 

Drs. H. David Shew (Plant Pathology) & Thomas Rufty (Crop Science) co-authored with Drs. Fitz Booker & Kent Burkey, of CALS & the USDA Agriculture Research Service. The first author is former NC State graduate student, Lei Cheng; and postdoctoral researchers Cong Tu & Lishi Zhou also co-authored.

 

The article appears in Science for 31 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6098 pp. 1084-1087
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1224304

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Congratulations to Michael Simone-Finstrom for NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to study honey bees

Congratulations to Michael Simone-Finstrom for NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to study honey bees | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The project integrates Dr. Simone-Finstrom's research paradigm with new experimental methods including instrumental insemination and RNAi technologies to explore "social immunity" in honey bees.

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US Extension Programs Are Model for Agricultural Management in Other Countries | NCSU Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability

US Extension Programs Are Model for Agricultural Management in Other Countries | NCSU Researchers Study Livestock Sustainability | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A group of NC State researchers have studied whether livestock production can keep up with population growth.

 

Economist, Dr. Kelly Zering notes findings that modern agricultural animal production can be sustainable, with the right investments.

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Peanut field day set for Sept. 6 | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

Peanut field day set for Sept. 6 | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS' 60th Peanut Field Day will take place Sept. 6 at the Peanut Belt Research Station in Lewiston-Woodville, NC.

 

The event highlights the latest research into peanut breeding and variety development, disease and insect management and agronomy.

 

program here:

http://tinyurl.com/capnft7

 

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New publication: Vermicomposting: Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage

CALS Extension Solid Waste Specialist & researcher, Rhonda Sherman, explains how to compost food waste using environmentally-friendly earthworms. Color photos.

 

Advantages of vermicomposting:

• Reduces the amount of garbage that needs to be collected from your home, and thus, it may reduce your garbage collection bill;
• Produces less odor and attracts fewer pests than putting raw food scraps into a garbage container;
• Saves the water and electricity that kitchen sink garbage disposal units consume;
• Requires little space, labor, or maintenance;
• Allows you to compost food discards indoors year-round;
• Produces a free, high-quality soil amendment (vermicompost);
• Spawns free earthworms for fishing.

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Kudzu bugs continue to spread | Soybeans | Content from Southeast Farm Press

Kudzu bugs continue to spread | Soybeans | Content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Kudzu bugs, those tenacious little imports from Asia, continue to spread across the Southeast and continue to plague soybean growers, especially in the Carolinas." Entomology researcher, Dr. Dominic Reisig, says some growers sprayed prematurely; but damage is also difficult to predict.

 

Monitoring is more economical. Farmers can use the Southeast Early Detection Nertwork (SEEDN), here:

http://www.kudzubug.org/

 

There, farmers will find videos on how to sample for monitoring using sweep nets, information on control, and other resources.

 

The invasive insect has spread rapidly throughout the southeast in just a few growing seasons and is expected to have an economic impact in some areas.

 

photos: Richard Evans, USDA

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Join Us for the 21st Annual CALS Tailgate!

Join Us for the 21st Annual CALS Tailgate! | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Tailgate is the largest single Alumni event held at NCSU and the largest single event in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. CALS Tailgate is much more than a [BBQ] meal before the NC State football game

 

It is a showcase for the College's academic, research & extension mission, packed around fun events like a silent auction, live band, departmental displays, children's games, great food, fun and friendship!

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Second West Nile death & 3 new cases reported across the state of North Carolina

Second West Nile death & 3 new cases reported across the state of North Carolina | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The new cases are part of a national epidemic that’s on pace to be the worst in the 13-year history of the disease in the United States.

 

CALS Public Health Entomologist, Dr. Michael Reiskind, comments on the ecology of the disease and the difficulty of predicting outbreaks.

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Bee Economy: Honey, Mites & Diesel Drive Pollination Fees :: The Abstract :: North Carolina State University

Bee Economy: Honey, Mites & Diesel Drive Pollination Fees :: The Abstract :: North Carolina State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Wallace Thurman coauthors the first comprehensive North American survey of the economic forces which drive pollination services.

 

The study, titled "The Economics of Honeybee Pollination Markets," appears in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The appears paper here (full text may require a subscription or payment):

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aas031


 

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Animal production can grow sustainably | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

Animal production can grow sustainably |  News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

New report from the Council on Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

 

Excerpt from CALS news article by Natalie Hampton:

As the world’s middle class nearly triples in number, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is expected to rise by as much as 100% by 2050. The question is, can agricultural production meet that demand without causing extensive environmental damage?

 

An NC State University professor was among a group of U.S. academics who addressed this question in the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Issue Paper, Water and Land Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A U.S. Perspective.

 

Dr. Kelly Zering, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Economics in NCSU's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS), chaired a group of five university faculty and a consulting environmental engineer who explored the issue of increased livestock production and environmental impacts.

 

Their paper responded to a 2006 issue paper of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow.

 

Free download of report, here:

http://www.cast-science.org/publications/?water_and_land_issues_associated_with_animal_agriculture_a_us_perspective&show=product&productID=261302

 

 

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Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers

Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty found that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 

Read the new paper in Crop Science:

http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

 

 

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