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Catfaced strawberry

New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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Catfaced strawberry

New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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Munsell color book being used to determine the hue, value and chroma of a soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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Kudzu bugs on Fig leaf in May

Kudzu Bugs

What are those bugs all over the house, the garden, the soybeans? If you are encountering kudzu bugs for the first time, Debbie Roos, Extension Agent for NC Cooperative Extension in Chatham County has created a great resource page with several photos to help you identify this new pest. (photo by Debbie Roos)

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Fruits and vegetable produce stand

Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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NCSU Floriculture InfoSearch screen

Floriculture
InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s). Use this search engine for all of your floriculture questions. http://floricultureinfosearch.ces.ncsu.edu/

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Teach Children to be Respectful

We often forget that children aren’t born with a built-in sense of respect for others. While each child has a different personality, all children need to be taught to be respectful. Respect is MORE »

Grape mealybug on the surface of a fruit. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Mealybugs in North Carolina grapes

During the last two weeks, there have been several reports of mealybugs in wine grape vineyards.  Mealybugs are sucking insects, the females of which are often coated with white wax. As a by-product MORE » – from   Entomology

Midseason Soybean Insects

Because we won’t be dealing with many kudzu bugs this season (see this article), we need to focus our efforts on the other pests that are around.  These include the corn earworm/tobacco budworm, MORE » – from   Soybeans

Where Are the Kudzu Bugs?

We have rapidly become accustomed to dealing with kudzu bugs in our soybeans throughout the season.  So the question is, where are they now? I have been slow to join the bandwagon, but MORE » – from   Soybeans

Caring for Damaged Centipede Lawns

Many centipede lawns in southeastern North Carolina have suffered serious damage this past winter due to cold injury. These damaged lawns contain large areas of dead grass that never greened up this spring MORE »

Stink Bug Management in Cotton popular

Stink bugs are tearing through cotton that has bolls.  Both plant bugs and especially stink bugs and their damage vary widely across North Carolina, but are generally at much higher levels that we’ve MORE » – from   Cotton

Handling Plant Bugs Post Bloom popular

Plant bugs are still being found and treated, even farther into the Coastal Plain than usual.  It seems like a lot of our fields treated for plant bugs in the past have experienced MORE » – from   Cotton

Solving Conflict

What does conflict mean? Conflict means a disagreement, clash, or struggle between two or more people, groups, or forces. Whether it’s dealing with problems and difficult people, struggling to get along in a MORE »

Growing Tomatoes Successfully

From Publication HIL-8107 written by Larry Bass, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Horticultural Specialist, North Carolina State University Tomatoes, relative to the potato, peppers, and eggplant are the most popular garden vegetable in the MORE »

In Hard Times, Grow What You Eat

The economy is in shambles, food prices are up, companies are laying off employees, housing prices are slumping and gardening may not be your priority at this time. Have you ever considered that MORE »

When Can I Prune My Blueberry Bushes?

Blueberries are a great plant to have in the home garden.   Besides having fruit in the summer, blueberries have attractive white or pink flowers in the spring and red to yellow foliage in MORE »

Beekeeping

by Mary Hollingsworth, Horticulture Extension Agent As a child did you ever go into a produce section of a grocery store and wonder where all of the fruits and vegetables came from? Did MORE »

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4-H Life Skills Advisory CommitteeThu Aug 21, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Hoke County Extension Center, 116 W. Prospect Avenue, Raeford, NC 28376
— 3 weeks away
4-H Youth Development Program Advisory CommiteeMon Sep 15, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Edinborough Family Restaurant, 224 S. Main Street, Raeford, NC, United States
— 2 months away
Horticulture Program Advisory CommitteeThu Oct 9, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Edinborough Family Restaurant, 224 S. Main St., Raeford, NC, United States
— 2 months away
Parents as Teachers Advisory CommitteeTue Oct 28, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Hoke County Extension Center 116 W. Prospect Avenue, Raeford, NC 28376
— 3 months away
4-H Life Skills Advisory CommitteeThu Nov 6, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Edinborough Family Restaurant, 224 S. Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376, United States
— 3 months away
Hoke County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council Mon Nov 17, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Edinborough Family Restaurant, 224 South Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376
— 4 months away
Family and Consumer Sciences Program Advisory CommittteeMon Dec 1, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Edinborough Family Restaurant, 224 S. Main Street, Raeford, NC 28376
— 4 months away
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