N.C. Producers Should Be Wary of Self-Diagnosing Strawberry Diseases

Clint Thompson North Carolina

By Clint Thompson Disease diagnosis is better left to the experts. North Carolina strawberry producers who are concerned their crop is infected with crown rots should be wary about diagnosing the disease themselves. Different diseases require specific chemical treatments, says Bill Cline, North Carolina (N.C.) State Extension specialist in small fruits production. Concerned growers should submit their samples to the …

So Far So Good: Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot Not Yet Discovered in North Carolina

Clint Thompson North Carolina

By Clint Thompson Neopestalotiopsis Fruit Rot disease has yet to show up in North Carolina strawberries. The state’s environment has helped with that, believes one North Carolina (N.C.) State plant pathologist. “It does show up in clinic samples at the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at N.C. State. Sometimes it’s a leaf sample or crown sample, but so far, I …

Supply-Chain Issues Delay Some N.C. Strawberry Plantings

Jim Rogers North Carolina

By Clint Thompson North Carolina (N.C.) strawberries are in the ground, but not without a delayed start to the season. Austin Wrenn, president of the North Carolina Strawberry Association, confirmed during the Southeast Strawberry Expo last week in Asheville, North Carolina, that supply chain issues contributed to some growers not receiving their plants until much later than normal. It could …

N.C. Forest Service Offers Discount on Tree Seedling Sales for Military Members Through November

Jim Rogers North Carolina

RALEIGH– To show its appreciation for the service and sacrifice made by veterans and current military members, the North Carolina (N.C.) Forest Service is offering a 25% discount on tree seedling orders placed by active, honorably discharged or retired military personnel during November. The discount applies to the first $500 off all new orders, up to a $125 discount. “North …

Farmland Preservation Grants Available Through NCDA&CS

Jim Rogers North Carolina

RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups may now apply for funding assistance from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for farmland preservation projects. Applicants have until Dec. 19 to apply. “The latest study from the American Farmland Trust projects North Carolina losing more than a million acres of agricultural land over the next 20 years,” …

Forest Service Agencies Urge North Carolinians to Use Caution

Jim Rogers North Carolina

RALEIGH – With the impending arrival of fall wildfire season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and North Carolina (N.C.) Forest Service are reminding the public to exercise caution when engaging in recreational burning. Peak months for the fall fire season extend from October through early December. Fires left unattended can get out of hand quickly, becoming wildfires that …

N.C. Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler Comments on Waiving Motor Vehicle Regulations to Help Farmers

Jim Rogers North Carolina

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released the following statement regarding Gov. Roy Cooper’s issuance of Executive Order 270 in preparation for Hurricane Ian: “As we have learned over the years of dealing with hurricanes and tropical storms bearing heavy rain, preparing for storms ahead of time can help limit damage. The waiving of some motor vehicle regulations related to …

NCDA&CS Seeks Proposals from Researchers Exploring Bioenergy, New Crops for North Carolina

Jim Rogers North Carolina

Applicants should apply for part of the $1 million in grant funding by Oct. 28 RALEIGH – The North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative and the New and Emerging Crops Program are seeking 2022 grant proposals that support each program’s mission.       “In the years since these programs began offering grants, we’ve seen some promising developments from the research …