Commercial Horticulture News – July 2023

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Cucurbit downy mildew on cucumber

Downy Mildew

Downy Mildew has been confirmed in Edgecombe County for July 2023. Listed below is information about the fungal disease and control options available.

The IPM Pipeline Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecast Homepage Epidemic Status Map   IPM Pipeline – Downy Mildew

This is an excellent resource for vegetable growers with automatic email alerts about the progression of the disease.

2023 Southeastern US Vegetable Crop Handbook

If you’d like a hard copy of the 2023 SE Vegetable Handbook, I have limited copies here at the office. You can also access a free digital version

A Reminder About Mertect Use on Post-harvest Sweetpotatoes:

Plant, Disease and Insect Clinic

The NC State Plant, Disease and Insect Clinic is an excellent resource available. If you’d like assistance in utilizing this valuable resource please let me know and I’d be happy to help.
Sample submission information from Plant Disease and Insect Clinic: PDIC Sample Submission Information


Regional Strawberry Preplant Meeting

Thursday, August 17th, 2023
Nash County Agriculture Center
1006 Eastern Avenue
Nashville, NC 27856
Registration is FREE but please register with the provided link:
Topics and Speakers Pre-plant Information & Fumigation Update: Dr. Mark Hoffman, NCSU Department Extension Leader, Small Fruits Specialist & Associate Professor Strawberry Cultivars, What's New?: Dr. Gina Fernandez, NCSU Extension Specialist (Small Fruits Breeding and Production) Weed Control Update: Dr. Katie Jennings, NCSU Extension Specialist (Vegetable and Small Fruit Weed Science) Disease Control Update: Bill Cline, NCSU Extension Specialist (Small Fruit Production & Pathology) Marketing & Risk Management: Craig Mauney, NCSU Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production

Southeast Strawberry Expo

2023 Southeast Strawberry Expo

Dates:  November 8 – 10, 2023
Location:  Hilton Charlotte University Place

NC Forest Service Seedlings on Sale Now!

The N.C. Forest Service has started accepting orders this month for its annual tree seedling sale. With an average annual production of 16 million seedlings, the NCFS Nursery Program produces enough native and genetically improved tree seedlings to plant roughly 30,000 acres of land each year.

How can you order tree seedlings from the NCFS Nursery Program?

  •  Tree seedlings can be ordered from the online seedling store
  • Tree seedlings can also be ordered by phone at 1-888-NCTREES (1-888-628-7337) or 919-731-7988.
  •  Tree seedlings can be ordered using the order form found in the FY23-24 Nursery Seedling Catalog. Complete the form and mail to Seedling Coordinator, 762 Claridge Nursery Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530.
  • A user-friendly online catalog will soon be available. Seedling catalogs will also be available at local NCFS offices beginning in July. Within the catalog, landowners can find information about the types of tree species, quantities and cost to order. Each species description includes information about ideal planting locations and whether a species is typically used to benefit wildlife, restore forest habitats or as marketable timber.
  • Accepted methods of payment are check, money order, Mastercard and Visa.

Distribution of orders occurs January through March, depending on weather conditions. Seedling orders can be shipped to one of 13 distribution centers statewide for a small fee or via UPS for a charge. Seedling orders are also available for pickup from the NCFS Claridge Nursery in Goldsboro or the Linville River Nursery near Crossnore.

For information on planting trees, customers are encouraged to contact their local NCFS county ranger. Contact information for NCFS county office and nursery locations.