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Caswell Research Station

The 1,259-acre Caswell Research Station, with its uniform, high-yielding soils, is well-suited for large-plot research on a variety of crops including hemp, soybeans and corn. In 2006, this station merged with the Lower Coastal Plain and Cunningham research stations, also located in Kinston.

With one management team and more than double the resources at their disposal, the joint Lower Coastal Plain, Cunningham, Caswell Research Station strives to lead the agricultural community in the 21st century.

What We Do


Hemp has a lot of similarities to tobacco including the nutrient demands, soil quality and curing process. North Carolina tobacco farmers are well-positioned with the land, equipment and infrastructure to grow it. NC State researchers at the Caswell Research Station conduct field tests to establish best practices for growing CBD hemp varieties.

Hemp growing in a greenhouse

Cover Crops

As part of a 23-state project, NC State and USDA researchers at the station are exploring how cover crops impact insects, weeds, water use, soil nutrient levels, and, ultimately, the yield of major cash crops such as corn, cotton and soybeans. Common cover crops include rye, clover, winter peas and radishes.

cover crops

Corn and Soybeans

NC State and USDA researchers working at the station are developing new breeding lines of corn and maize varieties, including low-protein grain corn for consumers with metabolic disorders. They also seek to improve resistance to Fusarium ear rot in corn.

Corn at Caswell Research Farm

On-site Weather

For more than 75 years, the Research Stations Division has worked with the National Weather Service (NWS) to provide accurate, statewide weather data. When you hear and see local and national weather reports, you can be sure meteorologists and climatologists are using information gathered from our stations.

Caswell Weather Station 

Contact Us

Front Exterior of Caswell Research Station
Caswell Research Station

Caswell Research Station
Phillip Winslow, Station Superintendent
2415 W. Vernon Avenue
Kinston, NC  28504-3321
(252) 208-3360

Caswell Research Station was established in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (NCDA&CS) Research Stations Division.