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Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.


Anthracnose of Pepper

Pathogen Anthracnose is caused by a group of fungi within the genus Colletotrichum. The two main species associated with peppers are C. gloesporiodes and C. …

Green Beans in a Pile

Growing Beans

The National Gardening Bureau has selected the Garden Bean as their vegetable of the year for 2021. I have …

May 2021 Events

May 2021 - Extension Events

Join us for May as we continue with events for the whole family. Events include a New Farmers Market …

Calico scales on dogwood.

Calico Scales About to Hatch!

Calico scale, Eulecanium cerasorum, was accidentally introduced to California from Asia in the 1920s. It has now become established …

Jar of Kombucha

What’s the Deal With Kombucha?

You may have heard this strange word in your friends and family circles. But, what is kombucha? Kombucha is a …

Asian Giant Hornet

Update on Asian Giant Hornets

Last year, there was a lot of media buzz (no pun intended) surrounding the introduction of Asian giant hornets …

Subterranean Termite Workers


With April’s warming weather, and rain showers, we will likely be seeing an increase in termite swarming. Termite swarmers …

Cover photo for Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Eastern Tent Caterpillars hatch about the same time as our native tree the Eastern Redbud starts to bloom. This …

Pelletized Lime in a Blue and White Bag

What About Lime?

When you send off a soil sample to test the nutrient levels in your soil, one of the recommendations …


Evergreen Clematis

Clem-a-tis or Cle-mat-is – how do you pronounce it? Either way is fine and usually most gardeners know what …

3 pork chops in a black skillet pan

FCS@Home - Pork Chops!

Pork Chops are a wonderful cut of pork that is pretty lean like many of other cuts of pork. …

Grain Silo

Grain Safety Week

From March 29th to April 2nd is Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week! Did you know that every year, …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Muscadine Grapes in the Home Garden

Muscadine grapes are well adapted to the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, where temperatures seldom …

Bunch Grapes in the Home Garden

Grapes are welcome summer treats that can be eaten fresh, processed into jellies, jams, juice …

Dust plume coming off large combine in field

Estimating Available Time to Plant and Harvest Peanuts

This publication looks at historical records to estimate the number of days available for planting …

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Adult spotted lanternfly resting on side of tree

Spotted Lanternfly

This factsheet offers information on the biology and management of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive …

2 weeks agoInvasive Forest Pests
Figure 1. Cool-season vegetables can tolerate colder temperature

Western North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

In western North Carolina, almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be successfully grown …

Figure 1. Cool-season vegetables can tolerate colder temperature

Central North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

In central North Carolina almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be grown successfully …


Insect Control

This publication covers insect control in a variety of crops, as well as household pests.


Threshold Legal Issues Concerning Solar Development Opportunities

This factsheet covers several factors to consider when leasing farmland for solar farm purposes. Property …