Tobacco Planting Persists
North Carolina tobacco growers are experiencing a 1-2 punch from COVID-19 - both in market demand and production. While tobacco isn’t a food crop, it does play an important role on many family farms and to NC’s farm economy - especially in rural areas. NC State Extension is working with growers to connect the dots in this unusual planting season.
Coffee Talks Brew Online Community
NC State transitioned to online classes almost three weeks ago. In a department built on personal communication, Crop and Soil Sciences’ Director of Undergraduate Programs David Crouse recognized the gap and has started weekly student-faculty coffee talks.
Small Grains Field Day Goes Virtual
The Small Grains Field Day was supposed to happen on Wednesday, March 18, at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury. Everything that would have been presented in-person at the field day was instead recorded and published in videos – creating the Small Grains Virtual Field Day.
An Open Letter to a Denied Student
College decisions are hard. You’ve worked really hard for a long time. And the reply that came from NC State wasn’t the one that you’d hoped to receive.
Graduate Students Tackle Weeds and Webinars
NC State students are pressing on. Many are tackling tough weed science challenges and persisting despite the interruptions to daily student life.
Fungi Fertilize the Future
Think your town is crowded? There are more living organisms in a gram of soil than there are people on earth. It’s a part of a vast under-foot ecosystem with a big job. The soil food web provides the amazing service of recycling nature’s trash into soil treasure. And it holds promise as the source for natural sustainable plant nutrition.
Love Grows on NC Farms
Lindsey Tyson grew up on a tractor in Spring Hope, NC. For five generations her family has farmed 150 acres, including a mix of chickens and row crops. And she's about to take her turn at the wheel.
9 Reasons To Choose A College Major in Turfgrass
Do you enjoy working outdoors, creating beautiful surroundings, analyzing environmental plant responses, or growing high-value crops? A yes to any of these means a career in turfgrass management might be for you.
Agroecology Students Build Sustainable Food Forest
The Agroecology Education Farm at NC State has an exciting new project taking root, which will offer long-term opportunities for students and the NC State community to learn about the sustainable cultivation of fruit trees.
Graduate Student Spotlight: Shannon Koss
We recently caught up with Shannon Koss, a Crop Science graduate student, to learn what brought her to NC State and where she is headed.