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Agriculture & Food

Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

Time for Tick Treatments

On Monday, the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services posted a press release about the deaths of five …

Homalodisca vitripennis

Grape Pest Survey- 3rd Week of June

Glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) detections continue in both of our Northeast sites, in Perquimans and Currituck Co., and we captured our …

Cicada killer wasp on foliage

Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killer wasps are starting to emerge. This picture was taken on Friday in a landscaped area outside the …

Cover photo for Grape Pest Survey - 1st Week of June

Grape Pest Survey - 1st Week of June

As the summer approaches, the three-cornered alfalfa hopper, Spissistilus festinus, captures are picking up in both sticky traps and …

Millipede on house siding

Millipede Migration

The hot dry weather has caused millipedes to move in search of moister areas which often means they crawl …

Hundreds of midges resting on the window of a home

Non-Biting Midges Emerging

Chironomid midges (“fuzzy bills”) are emerging in large numbers from ponds, lakes as well as the rivers feeding into …

Cover photo for 2019 Grape Insect Pest Survey

2019 Grape Insect Pest Survey

This spring, the Specialty Crop IPM Lab is scouting vineyards in throughout North Carolina in order to track the …

Female carpenter bee drilling hole in spindle

Carpenter Bee Activity

Carpenter bee activity is on the increase. The activity near the end of March and early April was mostly …

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Offsetting Drought for Small-Scale Vegetable Production in North Carolina

A good source of water is a necessity for producing quality vegetables. During periods of …

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Image is line drawing of plants parts of raspberry.

Raspberries in the Home Garden

Raspberries are a delicious and nutritious addition to the home garden. However, raspberries can be …

Average Solar Radiation and Wind Information for North Carolina

Solar radiation provides the energy to warm our atmosphere and allow plant growth and animal …

Guide to Deciding When to Start and Stop Irrigation for Frost Protection of Fruit Crops

The decisions of when to turn an irrigation system on and off for frost protection …

Muscadine Grape Production Guide for North Carolina

This muscadine grape production guide will help the increasing number of North Carolina farmers who …

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Asparagus shoots

Growing Asparagus in a Home Garden

Asparagus has been considered a garden delicacy since Roman times. Any home gardener can grow …

Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

Much success in growing tomatoes can be attributed to use of a few proven techniques. …

Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener

An herb is any plant used whole or in part as an ingredient for health, …