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2011-2013 Organic
Soybean OVT Results Available

Results from three years of the organic soybean Official Variety Trials (OVT) are now available.  These trials were planted on organically managed land at NC research station and on NC farms.

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2011-2013 Organic
Soybean OVT Results Available

Results from three years of the organic soybean Official Variety Trials (OVT) are now available.  These trials were planted on organically managed land at NC research station and on NC farms.

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Interested in On-Farm
Research?

In the spring of 2009, North Carolina State University and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) embarked on a project to develop field crop varieties specifically selected for the organic production system in the Southeast: Breeding for Organic Production Systems (BOPS). Variety selection is an important part of any farmer’s planning process. Currently the majority of plant breeding is being done by private industry whose focus is producing varieties that work for conventional farms.  This has left organic farmers with very limited choices of varieties available that are both non-GMO and conducive to their unique pest and weed management needs. NCSU and RAFI are working together to create an organic breeding and cultivar testing center that will serve public and private breeders in the Southeast in the development of corn, soybeans, wheat, and peanut varieties. A major part of this project is farmer-led participatory research. Farmers will make realistic assessments of how new breeding lines will perform under actual organic conditions on their farms. The on-farm research plots are significantly larger than the university’s test plots and utilize the farmers’ own equipment to plant and manage throughout the growing season. RAFI provides support with plot design, planting, monitoring, and harvest. You can find information about this project at http://rafiusa.org/bopscoalition/. If you would be interested in having an organic corn, soybean, wheat or peanut variety trial on your farm, please contact Kelli Dale at kelli@rafiusa.org or call 910-890-3464.

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Stevia Workshops this
Summer

Two workshops on stevia production in NC will be held this summer. The first, on June 24, will focus on stevia transplanting and establishment and will be at Carter Farms in Eagle Springs. More information about that workshop is below. The second, held at the Caswell Research Farm in Kinston on August 19, will explore disease management and research on genetic resistance and fungicide use. Both workshops will cover basic production and marketing information. These workshops are sponsored by a grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. --------- Stevia Production and Establishment Where:  Carter Farms, 673 Eagle Springs Road, Eagle Springs, NC 27242 When:  JUne 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stevia is a new, alternative crop for North Carolina with an established market for conventional and organic production. Join us to learn about stevia seeding, establishment, and transplanting at Carter Farms in Eagle Springs, NC. Production, disease management issues, and marketing will be covered, as well as the method for growing stevia for transplants and the challenges for organic production. We will visit a stevia field and hear from two farmers about their experiences growing conventional and organic stevia over the last year. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Dr. David Shew (Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, NCSU): stevia production, disease management research, seeding for transplants 11 a.m. to 11:30 – Hal Teegarden (V. P. of Agriculture Operations at Sweet Green Fields): market for stevia, harvesting 11:30 to noon – Billy Carter (Carter Farms): experience with commercial stevia production To register on-line, go to: http://go.ncsu.edu/stevia Or, contact Lisa Forehand at: 919-513-0954 Lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu Registration is free, and lunch is provided. 2 (CM) hours of CCA CEU's offered

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Untreated Hard Wheat Varieties Available now

Two hard wheat varieties that are adapted to the Southeast are available now, untreated, from NC Foundation Seed Producers. About 400 bushels of Appalachian White, a hard white, and NuEast, a hard red, MORE »

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Post-harvest Handling of Organic Grain

Wheat and small grain harvest is fast approaching, if it has not already happened on your farm. This article, partially extracted from the Organic Grain Production Guide, will hopefully provide good tips for MORE »

Kudzu Bug Expectations for 2014

I have been monitoring a kudzu patch in Edgecombe Co. since late April this year.  As expected, adults from overwintering flocked to kudzu to feed, mate and lay eggs.  These adults were produced MORE » – from   Soybeans

2011-2013 Organic Soybean OVT Results

Organic Soybean Official Variety Trials (OVT) were planted on organically managed land at research stations over the last three years.  These trials provide good information on non-GM soybeans performance under organic conditions.  Organic MORE »

Malting Barley in NC

by Molly Hamilton and Chris Reberg-Horton, Crop Science, NCSU The local craft brewing and distilling industries are increasingly interested in using NC-grown barley, wheat, and rye malt to make their beers and alcohols. Riverbend Malt House, MORE »

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Organic Corn Variety Trials

by Gerry Cohn, Southeast Pools Coordinator at Organic Vally-CROPP Cooperative Organic Valley and North Carolina State University have joined forces to investigate the performance of organic corn varieties in the hot and humid MORE »

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2012-2013 Organic Wheat OVT Results

by Chris Reberg-Horton and Carrie Brinton The organic Official Variety Trial (OVT) was started in 2010 with wheat to try to identify varieties that performed well under organic production conditions in North Carolina MORE »

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2014 Rodale Annual Field DayFri Jul 18, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
Rodale Institute, Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA, United States
— 7 days away
Stevia Production: disease managementTue Aug 19, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Caswell Research Farm, Kinston, NC (2415 W. Vernon Ave)
— 1 month away
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