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Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Solar Energy Property
Tax Resources

With a surge in solar power installations across North Carolina, Extension specialists have developed materials to address questions about tax implications, land appraisal and more. Solar Generation Property Taxation Solar and Wind Energy Development Opportunities: Tax Implications

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Tolerance of Certain
Peanut Fungicides Restricted

The European Union Commission voted to lower the Import Tolerance (IT) for Propiconazole (PPZ) to 0.01 ppm compared to the US MRL of 0.2 ppm. Essentially, a lack of PPZ residue data to support tolerances below 0.2 ppm became effective April 2016. As a result, growers and shellers exporting peanuts to the EU should refrain from using Propiconazole containing products unless they are willing to segregate their crop or have their crop analyzed for residues. Peanuts grown for seed, processed for peanut butter or oil, or for US consumption are not affected by the recent EU decision. Within NC, the peanut buying company, Birdsong, has announced that these products should not be used on any peanuts contracted for purchase.  A partial list of common names and manufacturers of these products is provided HERE.  (Due to the exhaustive number of commonly available products, this list is not a complete list.  Growers are advised to read the content of all fungicide products prior to use to avoid applying PROPICONAZOLE (PPZ) OR MONO OR DIPOTASSIUM SALTS OR ANY PHOSPHOROUS ACID.)

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State Climate Office
of North Carolina

Our partners at the State Climate Office of North Carolina provide the most accurate climate information to the citizens of our state. Their website includes recent news from their Twitter feed, featured products, quick links, and a map of data from their ECONet weather stations. You can also view data from more than 1,000 Southeastern weather stations on their full CRONOS map or follow their blog.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Protect Peanuts Using
Peanut Disease Advisory

NC peanut production typically involves 4-6 fungicide applications to successfully protect peanuts from diseases that may greatly reduce yield or kill plants.  Whether or not fewer treatments can be made depends upon peanut plant development, cultural practices chosen by the producer and climatic factors.  Regrettably, conditions that favor rapid and healthy peanut production also favor fungal disease development. To assist peanut producers in the ability to maximize disease protection yet utilize the least amount of fungicide applications, North Carolina State University (NCSU) provides daily peanut disease advisories.  This advisory provides site-specific, detailed weather information along with specific recommendation as whether or not a fungicide application is needed. This information is found at http://ncsupeanut.blogspot.com/. In order to gain full advantage of the advisory, several items are noteworthy.  First, there are many sites evaluated but data from areas within close proximity may or may not provide the same recommendation since humidity, rainfall, temperature and other slight differences in climatic data may impact the recommendation.  Thus, it is wise to examine and monitor the two closest sites when feasible to do so.  Secondly, since Scelrotinia is more rapidly spread when individual plants are less fully canopied or at least within 6 inches of each other, there are two recommendations.  One recommendation is for rows greater than 6 inches apart and the other for rows within 6 inches.  Make sure to follow recommendations that fit field conditions!  Additional climatic data, disease information, growing degree days and other information is abbreviated within each recommendation.  Details of this data is found within the “How to Use the Lead Spot Advisory” and “How to Use the Sclerotina Advisory” on the web page. In addition to the daily advisory, several successful fungicide programs have been outlined to provide specific information to guard against potential disease resistance, to provide specific recommendations for fields with known disease history and, to optimize product choices to reduce the chances of yield reduction from disease.  To download a copy of these sample fungicide programs, click HERE. Historically, following the advisory program and applying the best fit fungicide spray program has provided optimum disease control yet reduced costs compared to a routine regimen of applying a fungicide every two weeks.  By utilizing the Integrated Pest Management approach of identify the disease and favorable climatic conditions for rapid development of this disease; matching specific preventative and/or curative fungicides to manage this disease; and applying cultural practices when available, growers realize a profit while reducing pesticide use. Email the author:        mike_carroll@ncsu.edu Follow the author on Twitter:            @mcarroll_craven

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Consumer Horticulture

Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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Figure 4. These symptoms of pale green coloration of the upper leaves, and severe yellowing and beaching of the lower leaves may be observed by downloading the above .gif file. This image provides a 360-degree view of a symptomatic plant.
©2016 Forensic Floriculture

From the Field-Agronomy Notes

Tobacco Research Update: Nitrogen Deficiency of Tobacco In this tobacco research update, we highlight the symptoms of nitrogen deficiency.  These images are part of a project supported by the North Carolina Tobacco Foundation to MORE » – from   Tobacco Growers Information

Datana spp. caterpillars feeding on blueberry. Photo via NC State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic.

What to watch for: Caterpillars in berries popular

The season’s first question about caterpillars in blueberries has arrived, so growers and homeowners should be on the look out for developing populations. Several caterpillars species in the genus Datana feed on NC MORE » – from   Entomology

Figure 2. View of a newly transplanted burley tobacco plant in the nutrient disorder irrigation system.  Note the yellow drip emitters used to deliver the nutrient solution.
©2016 Forensic Floriculture

From the Field-Agronomy Notes popular

Tobacco Research Update: Development of an Online Nutrient Disorder Diagnostic Key for Tobacco Over the next few weeks, we will be providing updates about our current research project of developing a web-based nutrient MORE » – from   Tobacco Growers Information

Hopper burn damage from potato leaf hopper on red maple

Maple Nursery IPM Update popular

I had several questions related to problems with maples last week. In the process I noticed damage from maple spider mite, hopper burn (potato leaf hopper), maple shoot borer, anthracnose, and canker diseases. MORE » – from   Wilson County Center

Protect Peanuts Using Peanut Disease Advisory

NC peanut production typically involves 4-6 fungicide applications to successfully protect peanuts from diseases that may greatly reduce yield or kill plants.  Whether or not fewer treatments can be made depends upon peanut MORE »

Selecting Soybean Varieties for Late Planting

Soybean is a photosensitive plant. In other words, day length signals the plant to cease vegetative growth and begin flowering and setting pods. Indeterminate varieties, generally speaking, will continue to simultaneously grow vegetatively MORE »

Get More with Milk!

“Get More with Milk!” In celebration of June Dairy Month, posters are now being accepted for the 4-H Dairy Poster Contest sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA).  The deadline for MORE »

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Peletah 4-H ClubWed Aug 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 5 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Aug 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 5 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Aug 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 2 weeks away
Webinar - Assessing Sustainability for Agricultural and Urban ForestsThu Aug 11, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Where:
forestrywebinars.net
— 2 weeks away
Little Fork Ranch 4-H Club MeetingThu Aug 11, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Little Fork Ranch, 3300 Aurora Road, Ernul NC 28527
— 2 weeks away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubSun Aug 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 2 weeks away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubMon Aug 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
— 2 weeks away
4-H County Council MeetingTue Aug 16, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 3 weeks away
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