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Carpenter Bee Activity

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

Larvae of the larger elm leaf beetle. Photo: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State Univ, Bugwood.org

Larger Elm Leaf Beetle

Elms have lots of pests. This week I have had several reports of larger elm leaf beetles, Monocesta coryli, …

Beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a beech twig. Photo:SD Frank

Beech Blight Aphids

You might notice twigs on beech trees covered in a woolly sleeve. Get closer and it will begin to …

Oak lace bug adults, nymphs, and eggs on the underside of an oak leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Oak Lace Bug Damage

Oak lace bugs (Corythucha arcuata), like other lace bugs, cause stippling on leaves. Oak lace bugs, of course, feed …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

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How to Create a Container Garden for Edibles in the North Carolina Piedmont

In this publication you will find ideas to get you started growing your own edibles. …

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Good Agricultural Practices for the Production and Handling of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry

Maintaining good sanitation throughout production and handling of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is important. …

2 weeks ago

Strawberries in the Home Garden

Strawberries are a welcome addition to any home garden. They are relatively easy to grow, …

A Step-by-Step Approach to Pruning Carlos Muscadine Grapevines

This review presents the key steps involved in pruning a mature Carlos vine for maximum …

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Early blight symptoms on tomato

Early Blight of Tomato

This factsheet describes early blight of tomato, including identification, transmission and disease management, and control.

Biomass Production of Biofumigant Cover Crops - 'Caliente' Mustard and Oilseed Radish

A new group of cover crops for winter and summer use include mustards, oilseed radishes …

3 weeks ago

Agritourism Opportunities for Farm Diversification

This publication explores the different types of agritourism activities that are available to farmers and …

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Sulfur Fertilization of North Carolina Crops

Adequate sulfur is necessary for crops, but there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation for application in North …

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