Highbush Blueberry Research
Fresh high-quality highbush blueberries are available almost year-round. This was not possible some years ago when North Carolina harvests were mainly from mid-May to mid-August. Berries were sent to local and distant markets in or near the eastern United States and were often over-ripe, over-heated and thus had a short shelf life.
Muscadine and Vinifera Grapes
North Carolina’s grape industry is growing. View the latest information from researchers and Extension Specialists at NC State University for muscadine and vinifera growers throughout the state.
Caneberry Production Research
Caneberry research objectives are to develop new raspberry cultivars that are tolerant to the high summer temperatures and to the fluctuating winter temperatures. A smaller part of our program is focused on the development of fall fruiting blackberries. In both programs, we are looking for berries that are great tasting, large, pest tolerant and have good shelf life.
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Weed Science/Pest Management
New Crops and Organics
Specialty Crop Production
Specialty Crops are new crops that have not been commercially grown in a particular region. Ranging from vegetables, hops, truffles, industrial hemp, farmland preservation more commonly known crops like lettuce, producing specialty crops generally introduces farmers to a new way of growing. The program continues to serve as a resource on new and specialty crops for farmers, entrepreneurs, and consumers.
NC Organic is an online resource for North Carolina farmers, extension agents, and aspiring growers. The organic sector of agriculture continues to grow, making it the fastest growing segment in the United States. North Carolina consumers are committed to supporting local agriculture while most of our state’s organic produce is imported from other states. The demand for organically-grown food presents a real opportunity for NC farmers.
The New Crops and Organics program has been actively engaged in herbs research, demonstration, and educational efforts to grow the medicinal, culinary, and aromatic herb industry across the state for almost three decades. Here you will find information developed from our many projects on growing, processing, marketing, and trying to make income from herbs of all kinds.
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture includes the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NCOrganic. CEFS is a national model for partnership, innovation, and interdisciplinary cooperation. NC State and N.C. A&T State established CEFS with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at the Cherry Farm facility near Goldsboro, N.C., in 1994. These partners work closely with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, farmers, and citizens to provide agricultural research, extension, and education for our state.
Substrates for Container Plants
Each day we face new challenges in floriculture. Growers are aware of the current emphasis being placed on water quality, water conservation, and the reduction of runoff from agricultural industries. Another issue that reaches beyond floriculture and affects society as a whole is solid waste management and waste product utilization. Here at NC State, these issues are being addressed by a powerful research unit, the Horticultural Substrates Laboratory.