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Berms, Sound Barriers, Plant Barries, Barriers,

Using Berms as Barriers

If you want to create privacy, redirect wind, reduce noise, or stop erosion around your urban home, you can …

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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a well-rounded management approach to pest control. Damage to plants by pests is …

Japanese Beetle on Leaf

Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles are an invasive species, and are starting to make their appearance. You may be able to …

Cover photo for The Dangers of Plastic Netting

The Dangers of Plastic Netting

Did you know that plastic netting is commonly embedded in turf sod and erosion control blankets? This plastic netting …

We Grow Union County

Extension in Full Bloom

As a month filled with holidays and everyday occasions, April at UC Extension was blooming with events and opportunities. …

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White Fringe Tree

White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) is also known as Old-man’s-beard, or sometimes as Gray-beard. It grows native in the …

We Grow Union County - Spring 2022

Springing Into Extension

Spring is in the air, and so much is happening at UC Extension. With the arrival of spring, comes …

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How to Fertilize House Plants

Generally speaking, house plants should be fertilized regularly when they are receiving optimum environmental conditions (water, light, temperature, humidity), …

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Canning Season Is Here!

With the months getting warmer and the vegetables and fruits starting to grow, it’s now time to think about …

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When to Plant

On March 13, Union County had a hard freeze and, even though I covered my blueberries with 3 layers …

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Buttercup Control in Pastures

Last year many people were dismayed to find a sea of yellow flowers in their pasture when spring rolled …

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Extension April Events

April 1 4-H School Supply Drive Wingate Community Garden Opening April 2 Union County Farmers Market Spring Opening Young Child Celebration at Parks Williams April …

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Shopping Local for Fresh Produce

Farmers Markets are packed with fresh fruits and vegetables. While I enjoy the offerings of a Farmer’s Market, there …

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Small Farms Week

This week, March 21 – 26, is Small Farms Week at North Carolina A&T State University and we, at …

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Pesticide Container Recycling

What is the Pesticide Container Recycling Program? The Pesticide Container Recycling program is available to all licensed pesticide applicators. In …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Strawberry plant damage and discoloration

Strawberries: Late Planting and the Use of Floating Row Covers

Planting date, pre-plant soil and bed preparation and plant quality are the three important pillars …

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Offsetting Drought for Small-Scale Vegetable Production in North Carolina

A good source of water is a necessity for producing quality vegetables. During periods of …

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Figure 1. Food scraps for composting.

Composting at NC Residential and Summer Camps

Residential camps generate food scraps from meal preparation, plate scrapings, and leftover or spoiled food. …

4 days ago

Africanized Honey Bees: Some Questions and Answers

This factsheet answers basic questions about Africanized honey bees. (Part 3 of a 3-part series)

4 days agoAfricanized Honey Bees
Map showing BMSB detections by county in NC.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (North Carolina)

Brown marmorated stink bug description, life history, damage, and control.

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disease symptoms on a plant

Marchitez de Fusarium en sandía

Esta Hoja de Datos de Patología Vegetal fue publicada en inglés en 2015 por la …

Bee Gap

Africanized Honey Bees: Prevention and Control

This factsheet provides basic information about prevention and control of Africanized honey bees prior to …

5 days agoAfricanized Honey Bees
Bacterial wilt in tomato field.

Southern Bacterial Wilt of Tomato

Southern bacterial wilt of tomatoes is addressed in this factsheet.