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Grapes on a conveyor

Jul 20, 2022

Muscadine So Fine

Muscadine grapes are one of the new “it” superfoods. The Farms, Food and You podcast talks with Mark Hoffmann, a small fruits specialist with NC State Extension, about the muscadine industry in North Carolina. 

Mark Hoffmann, assistant professor and small fruits extension specialist

Oct 29, 2021

Propagating Grower Success

Mark Hoffmann will lead a $5.3 million project to develop new indoor and outdoor propagation technologies for America’s strawberry nursery industry. 

Desk with laptop and strawberry measuring equipment

Jun 30, 2020

Berrying On

This year's berry crops yielded lessons in adaptability for Extension experts. They weighed strawberries in the garage, delivered masks to farms, connected via technology and never stopped listening. 

Two scientists in greenhouse pollinating blueberry plants

Apr 9, 2020

Cross Pollination

Two blueberry researchers cross continents to forge a partnership aimed at improving what’s already considered a superfood. 

Strawberries in cartons

Apr 6, 2020

Strawberry Season Arrives Early and in Abundance

With strawberry season set to peak at about the same time as COVID-19, North Carolina producers are taking steps to ensure that consumers have safe access to one of the state’s most popular crops. 

Spotted wing drosophila

Feb 8, 2016

NC State wins $6.7 million grant to curb devastating fruit pest

North Carolina State University has won a $6.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to undertake research and grower education efforts aimed at better managing a major new pest that causes hundreds of millions of dollars in annual agricultural losses. 

Feb 8, 2016

Student’s research sheds light on monitoring for spotted wing drosophila

Monitoring for spotted wing drosophila (SWD) infestations is a key first step toward economical and sustainable management of the damage that the pest does to soft-skinned fruits, and finding effective ways to do that monitoring is one goal of NC State University entomology student’s research.