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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

Bryce Lane, two-time Emmy Award winning television personality, retired Horticulture Instructor, NC State, and an accomplished garden speaker.

Bryce Lane Coming to

Celebrate Extension’s 100th Anniversary with Bryce Lane, two-time Emmy Award winning television personality, retired Horticulture Instructor, NC State, and an accomplished garden speaker. Bryce’s presentation, "40 Years of Horticulture: Observations, Inspirations, and Invitations", will be given on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Leviton Auditorium, WPCC. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by Bryce’s presentation at 10:00. Tickets for the event are $10.00. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, contact Extension Master Gardeners of Burke County at 828 433-8747 or warriorfork@charter.net.

Catfaced strawberry

New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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ServSafe Class to be

September 8, 10, 15, 17-2014 from 1:00-5:00 pm. $105.00 per participant. Please click below for a copy of our brochure and registration form. ServSafe Sept 2014 (1)

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One of the largest tiger moths in NC, this is a distinct moth with black circular spots

Interesting Insects

Insects are fascinating. Their shape, color, variety, and life style are a constant source of fascination. This week several interesting insects were brought into the Caldwell Cooperative Extension Center. I thought I would MORE »

Farm School Summit – August 28

Considering starting a small farm venture? Want to learn more about sustainable farming methods, small scale livestock and produce ventures? Can I earn income on limited acreage? Perhaps the Farm School Summit is MORE »

Tomato fruit infected with late blight develop brown to black lesions and rots quickly after harvest. White mold may be seen in the advanced stages of the disease. Leaves of plants infected with late blight develop similar spots and die seemingly overnight. The disease affects plants in the tomato family, including potato.

Blight Threatens Tomato Season

When most people think of the word “blight,” they think of a disease that spreads rapidly. When growing tomatoes in the south, there are two blights you should be familiar with: early blight, MORE »

Physiological Scorch

Soybean Scortch

North Carolina State University and Cooperative Extension   From Steve Koenning, Soybean Pathology Specialist       SOYBEAN DISEASE UPDATE: Physiological Scorch – Is it SDS, Stem Canker, Black Root Rot (CBR), Brown MORE » – from   Extension Plant Pathology

Goldstrum Black Eyed Susan

Late Summer Wildflowers

One of my favorite times of year is August as nature begins to unveil its annual display of late summer blooming wildflowers across Caldwell County. This magnificent display of color, during an otherwise MORE »

Red morphs of the green peach aphid on tobacco flower. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Aphids in (mostly organic) tobacco popular

Several questions on have come in the during the past week about aphids on tobacco.  In most cases, these questions were related to management in organic tobacco, where aphids are the most difficult MORE » – from   Entomology

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) causes angular lesions on leaves of cucumbers, pumpkins, and melons (shown here). Dark tufts of spores are visible on the undersides of leaf lesions.

Disease Knocks Out Cucumbers popular

You may have never heard of cucurbit downy mildew. But you’ve probably seen it if you grow melons, cucumbers, or pumpkins in your garden. Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM for short) is a disease MORE »

Grape mealybug on the surface of a fruit. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Mealybugs in North Carolina grapes popular

During the last two weeks, there have been several reports of mealybugs in wine grape vineyards.  Mealybugs are sucking insects, the females of which are often coated with white wax. As a by-product MORE » – from   Entomology

Rough Ridge Overlook (Milepost 302.8), Tanawha Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, courtesy of Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development

Summer Memories

4th of July fireworks have been lit and tomatoes are plentiful, but summer is not over.  If you are seeking to make some special summer memories there is still plenty of time.  Some MORE »

stevia plant

New stevia workshop, August 19

Stevia, a perennial crop used as a no-calorie sweetener, is a new specialty crop for North Carolina with an established and rapidly expanding market for conventional and organic production. At a workshop at MORE » – from   Organic Grains

Native fall webworms feed on cherry leaves from inside the protection of their web

Fall Webworms

Fall webworms are noticeable in trees around Caldwell County. As their name implies, fall webworms create a web. The web provides the worms protection from predators and allows the worms to feed freely MORE »

Leyland cypress are popular trees in the home landscape. Though rare, these trees sometimes flower producing small non-showy male or female flowers. Picture courtesy of Leighandra Fitzgerald

Leland Cypress Needle Drop

This time of year leyland cypress shed their older needles. Needle drop, or needle shedding, is more pronounced this year than in past years. Typically, leyland cypress trees keep needles for three years MORE »

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