Weed Control in Peach Orchards

Jim Rogers North Carolina, Peaches, Research

By Clint Thompson Weed control in peach orchards is an important management tactic. This is important for young and older orchards, says Wayne Mitchem, N.C. State Extension Associate and Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Coordinator. “The idea is to try to minimize competition so we can maximize that tree growth in those formative years of the orchard so we can …

Rainfall Alleviates Dry Conditions in Southeast

Jim Rogers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Weather

By Clint Thompson Much needed rainfall this past week alleviated much of the dry conditions being felt across the Southeast, according to the most recent release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Florida, much of the Panhandle now has sufficient moisture. Escambia County and Santa Rose County are either abnormally dry or moderately dry. Okaloosa County is also abnormally dry. …

NCDA&CS Accepting Applications for the 2022 Specialty Crops Block Grant Program

Jim Rogers North Carolina, Specialty Crops

Attention those in North Carolina (N.C.) with an interest in specialty crops. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Nonprofits and government agencies have until March 4 at noon to apply. Applicants can submit a draft application for staff review by Wednesday, Jan. 26 to receive feedback on …

Dry Conditions Worsen in Some Areas

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

By Clint Thompson Certain areas of the Southeast continue to feel the sting of lingering dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The Florida Panhandle is especially abnormally dry. Conditions are worsening in Northwest Florida where Escambia County and Santa Rose County are classified in a moderate drought. Abnormally dry conditions stretch eastward to Nassau County and Duval County …

Hops Future in North Carolina? N.C. State Researcher Optimistic

Jim Rogers Hops, North Carolina

By Clint Thompson The potential of new high-yielding hops varieties has N.C. State Associate Professor and Extension specialist Jeanine Davis optimistic about the crop’s future in North Carolina. “The growers are very excited because these yields are as high, and in some cases, higher than yields we’re often seeing in say Michigan and New York,” Davis said. “I think if …

Rains Alleviate Some of Dry Conditions in Southeast

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

By Clint Thompson Recent rains alleviated some of the dry conditions being felt across the Southeast region, especially in Georgia and Alabama, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Only a small part of North Georgia remains abnormally dry, including Union County, Fanning County, Gilmer County, Dawson County, Towns County and Lumpkin County. Only a couple of counties in South Georgia …

Abnormally Dry Conditions Persist Across Southeast Region

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts

The most recent release of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows dry conditions continue to persist across the Southeast region. This was observed in parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Abnormally dry conditions were mostly seen in the Florida Panhandle, stretching from Escambia County eastward to Madison County. Dixie County, Levy County, Gilchrist County and a small part of Alachua County …

Sweet Potato Studies: Team Studying Guava Root-Knot Nematode

Clint Thompson North Carolina, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson North Carolina’s top vegetable crop will be under the microscope as part of a $5 million, four-year research project funded by USDA-NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). Craig Yencho, sweet potato breeder at N.C. State University, is part of an 18-member team studying management solutions for the guava root-knot nematode. He said it was introduced into North …