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June Horticulture News

What’s Blooming Now? Elderberry & Trumpet Vine Blooming now along roadsides and ditches is Sambucus canadensis or Elderberry. It is a …

image of Blossom Blight on 'Gala' by Kerik Cox, Cornell University

May 2019 Horticulture News

Fire Blight Fire blight can be a devastating disease on trees and shrubs within the Roseaceae (Rose) family. This includes …

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April Horticulture News

Controlling English Ivy in Urban Landscapes Introduction English ivy (Hedera helix) is a shade-tolerant, woody perennial vine. When established it creates …

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - "The Ruby"

As temperatures slowly creep upward during spring the Ruby-throated Hummingbird begins its trek northward from Central America into the …

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Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens anywhere in North Carolina if the right species and proper soil modifications …

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The Leyland Cypress

When a plant doesn’t necessarily need much care to become established, has a fast growth rate, and is adapted …

Changes to GAP Billing Policy

For any growers completing voluntary USDA GAP audits in 2019, there is a new USDA billing policy. Growers will …

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The Infamous Bradford Pear

The mild winter season this year caused many plants that should have had at least another 4 weeks of …

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Innovative Women in Ag Program

This innovative program will be offered March 22-23, 2019,12:30 p.m., at 1175 Kingsboro Rd., Rocky Mount. Join us for this new …

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Pumpkins & the Jack-O’-Lantern

I stumbled upon a rather humorous and anonymous quote recently that states, “It’s time for Fall in the South: …

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Plastic Mulch Layer Demonstration

A Plastic Mulch Layer is now available for rent to residents of Franklin, Warren, Granville, and Vance counties through …

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Conservation Reserve Program Signup

WASHINGTON — Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for …

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Plastic Mulch Layer

Plastic Mulch Layer The plastic mulch layer has arrived and is available to rent by producers in Franklin, Warren, Granville, …

Recent Publications related to Commercial Horticulture, Nursery & Turf

Irrigation Management Strategies to Improve Water and Energy-Use Efficiencies

This publication discusses irrigation decisions that affect water and energy efficiencies.

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Figure 1. Typical tomato washing and sizing line.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Field- and Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Bulk pallet bin of cabbage in the packing house.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Cabbage and Leafy Greens

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Peppers

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Rate of temperature change for three cooling methods.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Apples

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Room cooling.

Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Green Beans and Field Peas

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Packaged and palletized blueberries being received

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Blueberries

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …