laurel wilt

Dip in Danger: Laurel wilt threatens guacamole

Dip in Danger: Laurel wilt threatens guacamole

Cinqo de Mayo may change soon as we know it. The holiday, which commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory at the Battle of the Puebla, also celebrates the Mexican culture, cuisine and music.  Few Mexican restaurants were unfilled as celebrations took place yesterday. Unfortunately, one of Mexico’s trademark culinary delights, guacamole, is threatened by an invasive species. […]

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Laurel wilt detected in Duplin County for the first time

Laurel wilt detected in Duplin County for the first time

Another one bites the dust! During recent winter surveys by the N.C. Forest Service, laurel wilt was detected for the first time in Duplin County. Laurel wilt is a devastating invasive disease of redbay trees. This new find makes Duplin County the seventh county in the state in which the disease had been found. Previously, […]

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2014: Forest Health Year-In-Review

The beauty and productivity of North Carolina’s forests have historically been challenged by a variety of threats.  Healthy forests are generally accustomed to pests and conditions that are native to the area where they grow. Outbreaks of common pests may occur periodically and cause a great deal of damage; but, for the most part, forests are […]

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Leaves as a clue: Surveying for laurel wilt disease

Along with the frigid temperatures we’ve seen lately, the bare branches of trees around us serve as a reminder that we are still deep in the throes of winter. But not all branches have shed their leaves. Some trees are evergreen while others, such as the American beech, retain their light brown leaves until late […]

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Don’t give bugs a free ride: Use local firewood

With the cold winter months comes the comforting crackle and warmth of a fire in the fireplace.  We’re also just around the corner from camping season, with campfires and s’mores to complete the experience. It’s tempting to try to save some money by hauling your own wood. But before you transport firewood, it’s important to […]

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News Roundup: Feb. 25-March 2

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Vilsack: USDA to lead China trade mission in March,” Charlotte Observer: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department […]

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