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Choosing and Using Edible Flowers

By: Cyndi Lauderdale, Lucy Bradley

Flowers have traditionally been used in many types of cooking: European, Asian, East Indian, Victorian English, and Middle Eastern. Early American settlers also used flowers as food. Today, there is a renewed interest in edible flowers for their taste, color, and fragrance. Many herbal flowers have the same flavor as their leaves, though others, such as chamomile and lavender blossoms, have a subtler flavor.

Selecting a Strip-Till Rig

By: Alan Meijer SoilFacts

Selecting the right tool for a job is essential. When that tool is as important and expensive as a farm implement, the same holds true—you want to buy farm equipment that does what you want; is strong, durable, and reliable; and is generally the best value for your money.

Tips for Produce Growers Marketing Fresh Produce to Retail Grocers: Understanding PLU and UPC Codes

By: Ariel Fugate, Patricia Tripp, Joanna Lelekacs Local Foods

PLU and UPC codes are two widely used tracking mechanisms that help retailers efficiently ring produce into the register in the checkout lane, track sales, control inventory, and market products. Being knowledgeable about these labels in advance of approaching a retailer shows a grower’s awareness of the retailer’s industry. This fact sheet contains information adapted from the Produce Marketing Association (Produce Marketing Association 2013).

Backyard Composting of Yard, Garden, and Food Discards

By: Rhonda Sherman

Describes how to build and maintain a composting pile to use the compost in your yard or garden.

NCSU Sports Turf App 

By: Charles Peacock, Jenifer Jordan

The NCSU Sports Turf App provides instant access to field maintenance information.

Goods from Your Woods

By: Kelly Mance, Sarah Warren, Erin Sills, Liessa Bowen Tree Tips

Do you have a lot of trees on your land? This publication offers ways to make money from your woods without selling all your trees.

Los Bienes De Su Bosque

By: Kelly Mance, Sarah Warren, Erin Sills, Liesssa Bowen Tree Tips

¿Tiene usted muchos árboles en su tierra? ¿Le gustaría ganar dinero de su bosque sin vender todos sus árboles?

2014 Peanut Information

By: David Jordan, Rick Brandenburg, Blake Brown, Gary Bullen, Gary Roberson, Barbara Shew

This guide for growers, updated annually, provides information on production and pest management practices applicable to growing peanuts in North Carolina.

La Ayuda De Un Cosultor Forestal

By: Kelly Mance, Erin Sills, Sarah Warren, Rick Hamilton Tree Tips

¿Tiene usted muchos árboles en su tierra? ¿Le gustaría recibir ayuda para cuidar sus árboles? ¿Le gustaría ganar dinero por cuidar su bosque? Si está interesado, un consultor forestal lo puede ayudar.

Getting Help from a Consulting Forester

By: Kelly Mance, Erin Sills, Sarah Warren, Rick Hamilton Tree Tips

Do you have a lot of trees on your land? Do you need help taking care of those trees? Would you like to make money form your trees? If so, a forester can help.

Getting Started with Your Woods

By: Kelly Mance Tree Tips

Have you just purchased or inherited land? If your land includes lots of trees, here are some important things to know.

Empezando Con Su Terreno

By: Kelly Mance Tree Tips

¿Ha comprado o recibido por herencia un terreno? Si su tierra tiene muchos árboles, hay cosas importantes que usted debe saber.

Norovirus Outbreaks on the Increase in North Carolina

By: Benjamin Chapman, Doug Powell Food Safety Infosheet

This infosheet describes 2012 outbreaks of norovirus in North Carolina and steps to take to avoid spreading the virus.

Mold Testing

This publication discusses the pros and cons of mold testing in a home.

Energy Pellets: A Heating Fuel Resource for North Carolina Farms and Homes

By: Matthew Veal, Edward Godfrey III

This publication explains the pelleting process and considerations for consumers interested in either developing small-scale heating pellet production systems or burning pellets to meet their heating needs.

Sweet Sorghum Production to Support Energy and Industrial Products

By: Matthew Veal, Mari S. Chinn, Matthew Whitfield

This publication offers an overview of the cultivation, harvest, and marketing opportunities of sweet sorghum in North Carolina and the Southeast.

Ethanol and Two-Stroke Cycle Engines: Impacts of an Alternative Fuel in Small Engines

By: Matthew Veal

Because ethanol has different combustion characteristics than gasoline, some people suggest it will cause harm to two-stroke engines found in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), lawn and garden equipment, and marine engines. Two-stroke engines require an oil and gas mixture for a fuel source, and the oil and gas are mixed in a ratio specified by the engine manufacturer. Fortunately, the concern with ethanol blended fuels is primarily associated with older engines. The majority of engine manufacturers have now designed their engines to run on E-10 blends (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline), but some precautions still remain. This bulletin will discuss the reasoning behind these precautions and why owners of some equipment powered by two-stroke engines may have concerns.

Home Safety for Young Children

By: Sarah Kirby

This publication addresses common home safety hazards for young children and remedies for these hazards.

Carbon Monoxide

The publications addresses the dangers of carbon monoxide and provides ways to protect families from harm or death related to carbon monoxide.

Control Asthma in Your Home Environment

The publication addresses ways to control asthma and allergies in the home environment.

Angular Leafspot of Strawberry

By: Frank Louws, Jean Harrison, Garrett Ridge

Angular leaf spot is caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas fragariae and occurs frequently in NC and surrounding States. The pathogen is introduced on infected plant material, is difficult to control but economic damage is often low.

Anthracnose Crown Rot of Strawberry

By: Frank Louws, Garrett Ridge, Jean Harrison

Anthracnose crown rot is caused by the pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. This disease can cause significant economic damage to strawberry nursery and fruit production systems, particularly in the southeastern production region. This article highlights the symptoms and signs of the disease, disease cycle, methods for diagnosis and integrated management recommendations.

Black Root Rot of Strawberry

By: Frank Louws

Black root rot is caused by a complex of pathogens. These pathogens cause damage to the root structure reducing the fibrous structure and turning roots black. Dysfunctional roots leads to plant stunting and decreased yields.

Leather Rot of Strawberry

By: Frank Louws, Garrett Ridge

Leather rot is caused by Phytophthora cactorum. The pathogen colonizes the fruit and causes brown lesions. The fruit will be bitter. It occurs rarely in NC.

Anthracnose Fruit Rot of Strawberry

By: Frank Louws, Garrett Ridge, Jean Harrison

Anthracnose is an important disease of strawberry with all parts of the plant (fruit, crowns, leaves, petioles and runners) being susceptible to the disease. Disease control is difficult when environmental conditions are favorable for disease development (see predisposing conditions below) and if inoculum is present. The disease can be especially destructive to susceptible California strawberry cultivars (e.g. Chandler, Camarosa, Albion) when grown on black plastic.

Strawberry Crown Borer in Strawberries

By: Hannah Burrack Strawberry insects

This factsheet describes the biology and management of strawberry crown borer.

European Corn Borer in Strawberries

By: Hannah Burrack

This factsheet describes the biology and management of European Corn Borer in strawberries.

Garden Symphylan in Strawberries

By: Hannah Burrack Strawberry insects

This factsheet describes the biology and management of garden symphylan in strawberries.

Other Drosophila species in Strawberries

By: Hannah Burrack Strawberry insects

This factsheet describes the biology and management of native drosophila species in strawberries.


By: Rocco Schiavone Strawberry Abiotic Disorders

Sunburn of strawberry is described.