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Oxford Tobacco Research Station

Established in 1910, the Oxford Tobacco Research Station brings together researchers from NC State and other organizations to increase tobacco and crop production efficiency, tobacco quality, and to identify crop management systems that conserve and protect water. The 426-acre station houses greenhouses, a headhouse, an insect-rearing building and a new laboratory.

What We Do

Flue-Cured Tobacco

Scientists conduct applied research in areas related to germplasm (the genetic material from which new plants can be grown), agronomy and pathology. In addition, they study various ways to improve organic tobacco production such as evaluating plant nutrition methods, crop physiology, greenhouse production, weed management and more. The station also hosts variety evaluations, where many different varieties are grown side-by-side to see which is most suited to the environment and produces the best product.

Researcher working with tobacco at Oxford Tobacco Research Station


Stevia, a perennial herb used to make a low-calorie sweetener, is a new potential crop for North Carolinians. Stevia production requires much of the same equipment needed for growing tobacco or peanuts. NC State researchers at the station are working to develop cultivars that will succeed in the southeast United States. They are also studying how to optimize the breeding program; test its resistance to disease, lodging and cold stress; and discern the best methods for seed storage and germination.

stevia plant at border belt tobacco research station


A versatile and renewable crop, soybeans are grown in every county of North Carolina and help meet food, feed and fuel demands around the world. NC State scientists combine field and lab approaches to determine effective fungicides and fungicide programs for soybeans. They also evaluate seed treatments that may help reduce yield losses due to soybean nematodes, a group of parasitic roundworms that attack plants.

A sandy field of soybeans

Organic Tobacco: Off to a Good Start

Matthew Vann, a regular at the Oxford Tobacco Research Station, has been working to take the guessing game out of one of the most important steps in organic tobacco production: how best to fertilize seedlings.

Tobacco seedlings in a greenhouse
Researchers tried seven different fertilizer regimens for organic tobacco seedlings.

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.

Oxford Tobacco Weather Station 

Contact Us

Exterior of Oxford Tobacco Research Station

Oxford Tobacco Research Station
Christopher H. Jernigan, CCA Superintendent
300 Providence Road
Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 693-2483

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