Agronomic Services Division

Today’s Topic: Growers reminded to be on the lookout for nematode damage to sweet potatoes. Testing services available through Agronomic Services Division.

Today’s Topic: Growers reminded to be on the lookout for nematode damage to sweet potatoes. Testing services available through Agronomic Services Division.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” With the sweet potato harvest, growers are urged to keep watch for nematode damage and may want to consider molecular diagnostic testing if they are found. This is a service of the Agronomic Services Nematode Lab.

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NCDA&CS employees donate equipment to local hospital

The COVID-19 outbreak has already begun to stretch supplies thin at hospitals in North Carolina, but North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employees are already finding ways to help. Recently, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services division employees donated several boxes full of personal protective equipment to the Rex Wellness Center in Raleigh. Lee Page, agricultural […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS 2019 highlights.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As we come to the end of the year, it’s a good time to look back at some of the department’s accomplishments and highlights. It has been a busy year, but I am proud of the work […]

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Study underway to help farmers produce malting barley for breweries

If NCDA&CS Agronomist Kristin Hicks has her way, in a couple of years North Carolina beer brewers and malting houses will have access to more locally grown malting barley rather than having to source that ingredient from farmers in the Northern United States, Canada or Europe. Hicks, in collaboration with scientists at N.C. State University, […]

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Today’s Topic: Now is a great time for homeowners to test their soil. Peak-season fees are lifted.

Today’s Topic: Now is a great time for homeowners to test their soil. Peak-season fees are lifted.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s the time of year when a lot of people are getting out working in their yards. Our Agronomic Services Division can help homeowners improve their yards and gardens with science-based recommendations. It’s a great time to […]

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Backyard Blog Tips: Moss problems

Backyard Blog Tips: Moss problems

If you want tips for greener yards, perkier plants and healthier soils, then follow along with the Backyard Blog Tips, a monthly column from agronomists with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services Division — yes, the folks that process soil samples. Tips will cover common issues, offering science-based solutions. Moss problems […]

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NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division is much more than just soil testing

File this under “Learned Something New Today,” but I didn’t know that April 1-5 is recognized as Agronomy Week. In fairness, it’s a relatively new celebration, marking just it’s third year. The week offers us a chance to highlight some of the work of the department’s Agronomic Services Division. This is a busy division, processing […]

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Today’s Topic: Crop and weather report for August.

Today’s Topic: Crop and weather report for August.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Agricultural Statistic’s Division recently released the crop and weather reports for mid-August, which gives a snapshot of soil moisture across the state and crop conditions for a variety of commodities. The report points to a mixed […]

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Today’s Topic: It’s time to test soils for cool-season grasses

Today’s Topic: It’s time to test soils for cool-season grasses

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s the right time of year to obtain soil tests for cool-season grasses, such as fescue and ryegrass. The NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division’s soil testing lab can return the results quickly and provide useful information about fertilizer and lime. Having […]

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NC Board of Agriculture approves new agronomic tests

The N.C. Board of Agriculture on May 24 approved changes to the suite of tests offered by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division. Here’s a summary of the changes: Added arsenic, selenium and chromium to the list of heavy metals the division’s Waste Lab can test for. Previously, tests were available only for nickel, cadmium and […]

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Today’s Topic: Emerging root-knot nematode threatens sweet potatoes

Today’s Topic: Emerging root-knot nematode threatens sweet potatoes

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sweet potato growers should be aware of an emerging root-knot nematode that has been identified in fields in Eastern North Carolina. The nematode’s Latin name is Meloidogyne enterolobii, but it’s also known as the pacara earpod. It has been […]

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What does this week’s rain mean for NC crops?

What does this week’s rain mean for NC crops?

Dry conditions across North Carolina appear to have blunted the impact of this week’s heavy rain on crops. The rain damaged ripe strawberries that had not been picked, but green fruit and the plants themselves came through the event in good condition, according to initial reports from NCDA&CS regional agronomists. “For the most part, any ripe […]

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