USDA Funds Multistate Efforts to Battle Pepper Diseases

Karla Arboleda North Carolina, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded a team of faculty from institutions across the country to study emerging pepper diseases. The University of Florida leads the project titled “Management of Endemic and Emerging Bacterial Diseases of Capsicum by Plant Resistance.” USDA also provided funding to North Carolina State University (NC …

Better Cucumber and Watermelon Varieties Coming Soon

Karla Arboleda Cucurbits, North Carolina, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) are working to release new cucumber and watermelon varieties. Due to persistent issues affecting cucurbits, experts at NC State are aiming to improve cucumber and watermelon varieties. Todd Wehner, a horticultural science professor at NC State, is working to provide cucurbits that are resistant to downy mildew and gummy …

Selecting Better Stevia

Josh McGill North Carolina, Research

By Karla Arboleda Along with research projects by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Interregional Research Project No. 4, North Carolina State University (NCSU) plant breeders, plant pathologists and Extension agents are looking into several aspects of stevia. Todd Wehner, a professor of horticultural science at NCSU, is working on selecting better stevia plants. NICE AND SWEET“Stevia has quite …

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Getting Ready for Winter

Karla Arboleda North Carolina, Pests, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda As the weather cools down, brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs) in the deep Southeast are seeking to stay in dry areas away from crops. BMSBs will typically affect peaches, apples, tomatoes, peppers, corn and soybeans throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, but not for much longer. According to Jim Walgenbach, an Extension entomologist at North Carolina State …

Updating North Carolina Research Stations With New Technology

Karla Arboleda North Carolina, Research, Technology, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda North Carolina State University (NC State) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services are working to update research stations with new technology. Together, the two institutions will improve technology in 18 research stations across the state. Jason Ward, an assistant professor in the biological and agricultural engineering department at NC State, talked about the …

USDA Funds $77.8 Million for Sustainable Agriculture Research, Includes NC State

Karla Arboleda North Carolina, Research, Technology, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture invested $77.8 million toward efforts to support sustainable agriculture research. North Carolina State University (NC State) is one of eight universities funded for research. Chris Reberg-Horton, professor of cropping systems at NC State, and Steven Mirsky, agro-ecologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, are codirecting …