Stories From Nov 2010

Nov 22, 2010

In the Garden with Bryce Lane nominated for award

The N.C. State University-produced show In the Garden with Bryce Lane has been nominated for a regional EMMY® Award. Bryce Lane, host and instructor in N.C. State's Horticultural Science Department, brings more than 28 years of teaching experience to television.

Nov 22, 2010

Pluses and minuses of low interest rates

Interest rates are at a generation low today, and some think they will even go lower. What kind of impacts do those low rates have? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Nov 19, 2010

Oh Deer: Protecting this year’s Christmas tree crop

Hair clippings, cayenne pepper and raw eggs – these are just a few of the odd ingredients recommended to keep those pesky deer away from your backyard garden. But what about farmers who have hundreds of acres of Christmas trees to protect? North Carolina State University Extension specialists have now found an effective, inexpensive alternative to available commercial products to keep the deer at bay.

Nov 19, 2010

Sustainable development professorship fully endowed by Bayer CropScience

The endowment is used to support activities of a full professor working in turfgrass management or other areas of innovation in sustainable development in the College.

Nov 19, 2010

Study shows Mid-Atlantic wheat growers not likely to benefit from fungicides when fields aren’t diseased

Mid-Atlantic wheat growers aren’t likely to get any economic benefit by applying fungicides to wheat fields that aren’t infected with fungal diseases. That’s the conclusion of scientists based at N.C. State University who conducted the first peer-reviewed study of its kind on calendar-based application of fungicides in wheat.

Nov 19, 2010

A Cookbook Full of Memories

When is a cookbook more than just a collection of recipes? When it’s 'North Carolina’s 4-H Centennial Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of Blue Ribbon Recipes.'

Nov 19, 2010

North Carolina reaches jobs milestone

The latest N.C. jobs report shows that the state's unemployment rate finally reached the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent. This is the first time in more than two years that the state’s jobless rate hasn’t been higher than the national rate. But N.C. State University extension economist Mike Walden says it isn't necessarily time to celebrate.

Nov 18, 2010

What makes Germany tick?

Germany suffered through the recession like most countries, but its recovery has been stronger. Years ago Germany was thought of as being noncompetitive because of high labor costs and sluggish production. N.C. State University extension economist Mike Walden takes a look at what changed.

Nov 17, 2010

Grad student sheds light on mercury contamination in fish

"My project mainly looks at mercury contamination in fish and focuses on the risk to wildlife and people," says biology Ph.D. student Dana Sackett. "It is really important that we understand it well so we can control our risk." In this audio slideshow, hear more from this student who's increasing our understanding of an important environmental and health issue.

Nov 17, 2010

Buying cars using the Internet

Everyone likes to save money when buying something, and the way we do this has changed. Many people think using the Internet is a way to lower the price of what we are buying. Is there any evidence to support this belief? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.