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Webinars Offered for North Carolina Growers

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Get ready for Spring with the NC State University Greenhouse Grower Update Webinar Series. Grab your lunch and learn what’s new with ornamental plant diseases, insect pests, and disorders in North Carolina and what to expect in 2021. Presented by North Carolina Cooperative Extension Nursery and Greenhouse Area Specialized Agents, Amanda Taylor, Stacey Jones, and Danny Lauderdale. These sessions are being offered free of charge. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register on the following form. Online webinars >>


Practical Biological Control for Aphids and Thrips in Greenhouses and High Tunnels*
Tuesday, January 26, noon to 1 p.m.
Dr. Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist, IPM for the Commercial Ornamental Horticulture Industry, University of Maryland
Learn how to use banker plants, biocontrol, and low-risk chemicals to deal with aphids and thrips in a greenhouse. This is based on field trial we have conducted with working greenhouses in Maryland.
Meeting ID: 998 4169 3855
Passcode: 567172
* NC pesticide credits applied for.

Trends in Greenhouse Ornamental Diseases*
Wednesday, January 27, noon to 1 p.m.
Inga Meadows, Extension Associate, Vegetable and Herbaceous Ornamental Pathology, NC State University
This presentation will highlight some of the diseases of greenhouse ornamental plants that have been trending in the clinic over the past several years. Information on disease prevention and management, including cultural and chemical control options, will be discussed. Come equipped with questions!
Meeting ID: 983 9368 3293
Passcode: 037465
* NC pesticide recertification credit approved: 1 hour of L, N, O, D, and X. Must register to be eligible for credit.

On the Lighter Side

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Perennial euphorbia being grown at a North Carolina greenhouse. Coloration intensified with the onset of cooler weather.


2021 e-GRO Sponsors

The e-GRO Group would like to thank our sponsors which make this website and extension activities possible. We appreciate their support.

American Floral Endowment

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The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is an independent nonprofit organization that funds research and scholarships in floriculture and environmental horticulture for the benefit of growers, wholesalers, retailers, allied industry organizations, and the general public.

Find out more: American Floral Endowment website >>

Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation

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The Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, educational corporation that provides financial aid for research and educational projects in floriculture.

Find out more: Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation website >>

Fine Americas

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Fine Americas is one of the world’s leading suppliers of plant growth regulators for the agricultural, greenhouse ornamental, and landscape industries.

Find out more: Fine Americas website >>

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

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Griffin Greenhouse Supplies is a lead provider of horticultural services and a top greenhouse and nursery supplier.

Find out more: Griffin Greenhouse Supplies website >>

P.L. Light Systems

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P.L. Light Systems is a leading manufacturer of horticultural lighting systems designed to deliver optimal lighting performance for plant growth.

Find out more: P.L. Light Systems website >>

University Partners

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Started in 2012, e-GRO is a collaborative effort of greenhouse crop Extension Specialists who focus on providing production and diagnostic information to growers.

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2021 Southeastern Vegetable Crop Handbook

Access the online edition: 2021 Handbook >>

Limited number of hard copies available at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County office.


Upcoming 2021 Meetings
Pesticide credits offered during meetings  – check each meeting for categories.

Virtual Watermelon Meetings Flyer

Watermelon Production Series
January 26, 1–2:30 p.m. – Part I
Watermelon Production Session 1 »
February 3, 1–2 p.m. – Part II
Watermelon Production Session 2 »

Open Flyer >>

Sweet Potato Production Series
February 9, noon–1 p.m.
Variety Updates and Vertical vs Horizontal Planting »
Sweet Potato Production Session 1
February 16, noon–1 p.m.
Lorsban Alternatives and Guava Root Knot Nematode Research »
Sweet Potato Production Session 2

VA/ NC Pumpkin Production Meeting
February 11, 1–2 p.m.
Weed Control and Disease Control Research Updates
VA/NC Pumpkin Meeting Registration »

Berries and Brambles Online Workshops Flyer »

Berries and Brambles Series for Small Growers
February 23, 6–7:30 p.m.
Integrated Pest Management »
Berries & Brambles Session 1
March 1, 6–7:30 p.m.
Varieties and Management Practices »
Berries & Brambles Session 2

Open Flyer »

Winter Vegetable Conference 2021 flyer

Winter Vegetable Conference & North Carolina  Tomato Growers Meeting

February 24–25

Winter Vegetable Conference Registration »

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