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Botrytis gray mold symptoms on ripe
strawberry

Photographer F.J. Louws

Introducing the
Strawberry Fruit Infection Risk Tool

To predict and forecast strawberry fruit infection risk by Colletotrichum acutatum (anthracnose fruit rot) and Botrytis cinerea (Botrytis fruit rot) in North Carolina, a weather based model has been developed for each pathogen. The Strawberry Fruit Infection Tool will help strawberry growers time fungicide sprays based on the weather. Visit the introduction page to learn more.

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Botrytis gray mold symptoms on ripe
strawberry

Photographer F.J. Louws

Introducing the
Strawberry Fruit Infection Risk Tool

To predict and forecast strawberry fruit infection risk by Colletotrichum acutatum (anthracnose fruit rot) and Botrytis cinerea (Botrytis fruit rot) in North Carolina, a weather based model has been developed for each pathogen. The Strawberry Fruit Infection Tool will help strawberry growers time fungicide sprays based on the weather. Visit the introduction page to learn more.

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News and Alerts

Sign-up to receive news and alerts about pests that affect NC crops. Topics are written by agricultural specialists from NC Cooperative Extension Service.  The NC Pest News is distributed by email once a week. Pest Alerts contain very time sensitive information and are delivered the same day as written. During the growing season their will be an abundance of news and fewer articles will be published during the winter months. Click Here to subscribe to The NC Pest News and NC Pest Alerts. In addition you may wish to subscribe to other topics that are listed.

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Photograher: H. Burrack

Survey on SWD for
fruit growers

For those of you who have stakeholders or colleagues who work with fruit growers who may deal with spotted wing drosophila, please share information about the survey below. Thank you for your help. The recently funded USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management for United States Fruit Crops is surveying fruit growers with two goals: 1. To measure the impact of SWD throughout the United States, and 2. To guide our project activities over the next four years. This five-year project, coordinated through the Burrack Laboratory at NC State University, is developing national research and extension projects to minimize the impacts of SWD. They include new management tactics and programs, improved insecticide efficacy for SWD, and information and training on SWD for growers, extension agents, and others. In order to achieve this and ensure that the research and extension efforts match the needs of growers, the project is collecting information on the impacts of SWD on small fruit growers, current management practices and preferences, and your requirements for better management of SWD. Participation is voluntary, and the survey does not collect personally identifying information, and the data will only be analyzed and reported in aggregate form. We would like to get feedback from as many growers as possible! Please complete the survey here: https://survey.ncsu.edu/swd/ Contact Hannah Burrack for additional information.

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New Program to
Protect Bee Hives is Rolled out

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has joined 13 other states in partnering with FieldWatch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental/unintended pesticide drift. Producers of horticultural and organic crops can map their field location using the DriftWatch program. As a companion program, BeeCheck will allow hive owners to map the locations of beehives. Pesticide applicators can access both databases before treating a field to identify sensitive sites that are close to the spray areas. Read more about it on Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/fieldwatch

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Want to Protect
Pollinators in your Landscape?

Protecting and enhancing pollinators in urban landscapes for the US North Central Region” provides information for landscapers and gardeners who want to attract pollinators and protect them during pest management tactics or pesticide applications.

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Roundup Ready 2 Extend Soybean Varieties

‘Roundup Ready 2 Extend’ (RR2X) soybean varieties are now becoming available on the market.  Farmers should be aware of some significant concerns about use of these varieties. As of May 2, 2016, these MORE »

Promalin for frost/freeze rescue popular

​The following Promalin information was sent from J.D. Obermiller with the NCSU Res. Ser. ​ Promalin for frost/freeze rescue. The rate is 1pint per 100 gallons.  100 – 150 gpa  sprayed within 24-48 MORE »

2016 Spring Plant Sale! Mark your calendars! popular

2016 Spring Plant Sale! Mark your calendars! **WE NOW ACCEPT CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS – with a 3% equipment fee** When:  Saturday, April 9th: 8 AM – 4 PM Sunday, April 10th: 10 AM MORE »

red knockout rose in full bloom, in a container nursery

Nursery IPM resources available

Plants are flowering, weeds are germinating and arthropod pests are emerging; all sure signs of spring at your nursery!  Developing a nursery pest management plan requires…… well, planning!  For nursery crop producers there MORE »

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