soil testing

Still time to submit soil samples for free testing.

Farmers and homeowners are reminded to submit soil samples now to the Agronomic Services lab to avoid peak-season fees. The fees are expected to take effect Dec. 1 this year. I like to try to remind growers and homeowners as we get closer to the peak time for soil sampling to get their samples in […]

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Lab work keeps N.C. agriculture going

“It’s not ideal, but it’s necessary.” That’s how Dr. Colleen Hudak-Wise describes the changes that have been made at labs in the Agronomic Services Division in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the director of the division, Hudak-Wise explained the adjustments had to be made to follow the public health advice to […]

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News Roundup: Nov. 18-22

News Roundup: Nov. 18-22

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. “There’s a good chance your Thanksgiving turkey was raised on a North Carolina farm,” The News & Observer: North Carolina is a top producer of the most popular Thanksgiving protein. […]

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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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News Roundup: Jan. 2-8

News Roundup: Jan. 2-8

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. “Ban on poultry shows, sales lifted,” Jacksonville Daily News: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today that the suspension of live poultry shows and sales has been lifted, a week earlier […]

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New peak-season fee encourages earlier soil sampling

In December a new fee went into effect for processing peak-season soil samples with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services Division. This $4 fee was meant to encourage farmers to submit their soil samples early and lessen the backlog that occurs from December through March, when the lab receives tens of […]

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Today’s Topic: Early soil sampling encouraged

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Rainfall in most of North Carolina has been at record high levels for most of the year. As a result, most crops have struggled due to poorly developed root systems. The growth of upcoming crops could also […]

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News Roundup: Aug 17-23

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. “State ag officials: Record rainfall depletes soil nutrients,” WRAL: Record-high rainfall across much of North Carolina this spring and […]

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News Roundup: Sept. 22-28

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. “Vegetable garden provides healthy bounty on the cheap,” WRAL: Two reasons many people don’t eat enough vegetables are cost […]

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Today’s Topic: 2011 legislative session

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The General Assembly begins a new session tomorrow, and the big topic is going to be the state budget. North Carolina is facing some tough choices this year when it comes to the next state budget. Entire […]

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Top 5 In the Field posts of 2010

As another year comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to look back over the past 12 months and highlight our five most popular blog posts of the year. A unifying theme does not connect these posts. One department division is not represented more than another. Instead, the following posts are a […]

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Today’s Topic: New equipment will help Agronomic Services Lab speed up processing

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Soil testing at the NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division is in very high demand this fall. Weather conditions have allowed growers and crop consultants to sample earlier than normal. In November, the lab analyzed 12 percent more samples […]

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