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Lower Coastal Plain Research Station

The Lower Coastal Plain Research Station operates as one facility in cooperation with the Cunningham Research Station and the Caswell Research Station located in Kinston. The station features a conference facility for agricultural education and training meetings, horticultural and tobacco greenhouses, burley tobacco drying facility, flue-cured bulk barns, equipment sheds, chemical and pesticide storage buildings and more than 250 acres of field crops.

Scientists across a variety of disciplines, from crop and soil science and horticulture, to plant pathology and entomology, conduct research on crops to advance modern agricultural practices.

What We Do


Researchers at the station tackle myriad projects focused on tobacco related to variety evaluation, plant nutrition, crop physiology, greenhouse production, weed management, organic tobacco production and pesticide residue quantification.

Cover crops at Caswell Research Station

Row Crops

Researchers at the station investigate field crop diseases to provide precise disease management strategies. Using next-generation technologies, they are able to sustainably manage crops and improve the biological understanding of economically important pathogens.

corn crop

Sweet Potatoes

North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes in the nation. NC State scientists are on the front lines when a new pathogen, like black rot, threatens sweet potato crops. Through pathogen research and field trials conducted at the research station, they are developing integrated management strategies to mitigate disease and avoid devastating crop epidemics.

A bunch of sweetpotatoes

Veggie Doc Lina Quesada-Ocampo

Scientist examines a diseased cucumber plot
Lina Quesada focuses her work as an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology on five key vegetable crops for North Carolina.

NC State scientist Lina Quesada, a regular at Lower Coastal Plain Research Station, is on the front lines with county Extension agents in helping vegetable growers deal with devastating plant diseases.

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.

Lower Coastal Weather Station 

Contact Us

Corn at Caswell Research Farm

Lower Coastal Plain Research Station

Phillip Winslow, Station Superintendent
200 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501-1700
(252) 527-3579

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