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Leaf Spot on
Crapemyrtle

Leaf spotting, bright yellow and red discoloration, and shedding of interior and lower leaves can all be symptomatic of Cercospora leaf spot, a common fungal disease of crapemyrtles.  While the disease is not particularly harmful to the plants, it can make some crapemyrtles somewhat unsightly by late summer, and does cause some concern among homeowners and landscape professionals.  Fungicides are generally not recommended.  Consider raking up affected leaves and removing them from the site, and be aware that Cercospora may start to show up in our landscapes by late May or early June.  We just don’t tend to notice it until later in the season. Also be aware that some cultivars are more susceptible than others, so cultivar selection can be part of our management strategy.  Natchez, Muskogee, Basham’s Party Pink, Sioux and Tonto are considered to be among the more tolerant cultivars, although even among these there is a possibility of symptoms in wet years. For more information please contact Tom Glasgow at 252-633-1477 or tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Leaf Spot on
Crapemyrtle

Leaf spotting, bright yellow and red discoloration, and shedding of interior and lower leaves can all be symptomatic of Cercospora leaf spot, a common fungal disease of crapemyrtles.  While the disease is not particularly harmful to the plants, it can make some crapemyrtles somewhat unsightly by late summer, and does cause some concern among homeowners and landscape professionals.  Fungicides are generally not recommended.  Consider raking up affected leaves and removing them from the site, and be aware that Cercospora may start to show up in our landscapes by late May or early June.  We just don’t tend to notice it until later in the season. Also be aware that some cultivars are more susceptible than others, so cultivar selection can be part of our management strategy.  Natchez, Muskogee, Basham’s Party Pink, Sioux and Tonto are considered to be among the more tolerant cultivars, although even among these there is a possibility of symptoms in wet years. For more information please contact Tom Glasgow at 252-633-1477 or tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu.

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Credit Hours for
Landscape and Turf Professionals

Credit Hours for Landscape and Turf Professionals Craven County Cooperative Extension has scheduled three educational events that should be of particular interest to landscape and turf professionals. Three of these events will provide NCLCLB continuing education credits, and two of them will also provide NCDA&CS pesticide applicator recertification credits. All three programs will be held at the Craven County Agricultural Building. There is no cost, and preregistration is not required. Call 252 633-1477 or e-mail tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu if additional information is needed. These events are also open to the general public. August 20, 10 AM - noon: Landscape and Garden Soil Management Two Landscape (Technical) credit hours. September 13, 10 AM - noon: Landscape and Turf Pest Management Update Two Landscape (Technical) credit hours and two pesticide recertification hours in D L N X. October 11, 10 AM - noon: Landscape and Turf Weed Management Update Two Landscape (Technical) credit hours and two pesticide recertification hours in D L N X.

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Seashore Mallow

Written by Tom Glasgow In the Craven County area, seashore mallow (Kosteletzkya virginica) will begin flowering by late July and continue into early September.  It is one of our showiest native perennials this time of year, and is highly adaptable to a wide range of site conditions.  Look for it in and adjacent to roadside ditches, along the shores of streams and other bodies of water, and in brackish marshes.  In your landscape, just provide a sunny location.  As far as drainage, it will handle wet, dry or anything in between. Individual plants are not particularly long lived as compared with other perennials such as baptisia or Mexican sage.  However, reseeding is prolific enough that once you get some plants started, you’ll always have a seashore mallow presence in your landscape.  Look for these at your local garden centers in the spring.  Seashore mallow has gained wide acceptance from perennials enthusiasts, and the flowers are truly exceptional. For more information please contact Tom Glasgow at 252-633-1477 or tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu.

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Credit Hours for
Landscape and Turf Professionals

Credit Hours for Landscape and Turf Professionals Craven County Cooperative Extension has scheduled three educational events that should be of particular interest to landscape and turf professionals. Three of these events will provide NCLCLB continuing education credits, and two of them will also provide NCDA&CS pesticide applicator recertification credits. All three programs will be held at the Craven County Agricultural Building. There is no cost, and preregistration is not required. Call 252 633-1477 or e-mail tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu if additional information is needed. These events are also open to the general public. August 20, 10 AM - noon: Landscape and Garden Soil Management Two Landscape (Technical) credit hours. September 13, 10 AM - noon: Landscape and Turf Pest Management Update Two Landscape (Technical) credit hours and two pesticide recertification hours in D L N X. October 11, 10 AM - noon: Landscape and Turf Weed Management Update Two Landscape (Technical) credit hours and two pesticide recertification hours in D L N X.

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Animal Waste
Applicator Proposed Rule & Permit Changes

The current NPDES General Permits for Swine, Cattle, and Poultry with Liquid Manure systems will expire June 30, 2017.  Three draft renewal permits and public comment information was released September 2, 2016.  (Click HERE for a copy of the factsheet provided) There will be one public meeting to receive oral comments on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Archdale Building – Ground Floor Hearing Room, 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC The public comment period closes at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 17, 2016.  All comments must be received by this time to be considered in finalizing the permits. Below are links of pertinent information, factsheets and proposed changes. Greater details can be found at NC Environmental Quality Animal Feeding Operations website. Overview of Proposed Changes  Draft Renewal Permit Rules – Swine Draft Renewal Permit Rules- Cattle Draft Renewal Permit Rules - Poultry For additional information, contact, Christine B. Lawson. Program Manager, Animal Feeding Operations Program, Department of Environmental Quality at:  Phone:  919 807 6354    Email:  Christine.Lawson@ncdenr.gov Mailing Address:  512 N. Salisbury St., 1636 Mail Service Center,                     Raleigh, NC 27699-1636 **************************************************************************************** In addition to these proposed changes, the Soil & Water Conservation Partnership comment period for the following rules is officially open: 02 NCAC 59E    Procedures and Guidelines to Implement the Non-Discharge Rule for Animal Waste Management Systems (proposed changes on pages 58-60 of the associated pdf copy below) 02 NCAC 59G   Approval of Technical Specialist and BMPs for Water Quality Protection (proposed changes on pages 61-63 of the associated pdf copy below) (Download the official document from the NC Registry HERE) Written comments may be submitted now through October 31, 2016 to: Christina L. Waggett, 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 – 1001 There is one public meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2016 starting at 1:30 p.m. with registration open at 1:00 p.m at the NCDA Agronomic Services Building, 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh, NC; Questions regarding these proposed rules changes or the commenting process should be directed to DSWC Technical Services Section Chief Natalie Woolard at 252-948-3902 or by emailing her at Natalie.Woolard@ncagr.gov.

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2016 Craven County Corn Variety Trial Results

Agricultural seed companies have generously donated seeds to NC State Extension offices throughout Southeastern North Carolina to afford the opportunity to evaluate the same varieties across various locations, soil types and management practices.  MORE »

Soybean Growers Fund Local Projects

With the sales of each year’s soybean crop, growers elect to provide 0.5% of sales toward research and projects promoting soybean production and marketing.  Half of this amount stays within the state and is MORE »

Improving Integrated Pest Management in Tobacco popular

Our laboratory has recently published a study which measured the differences between our current integrated pest management (IPM) recommendations for tobacco insect management and what growers actually do. This was the topic of Jeremy Slone’s MORE » – from   Entomology

Figure 3. The pattern of interveinal chlorosis will eventually spread to the center of the leaf, as may be seen here.
©2016 Forensic Floriculture

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Beekeeper of the Year popular

Bill and Dj Moran were awarded Beekeeper of the Year by the N.C. State Beekeepers Association, at the Association’s Summer Meeting in Hickory N.C., July 2016. The award is generally bestowed upon an MORE »

Craven County Landscape Plant Selection Program

Craven County Cooperative Extension will present a landscape plant selection program on August 15, 5:30 PM, on the grounds of the Craven County Agricultural Building.  This is part of our regular third-Monday series MORE »

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 »

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Big SweepSat Oct 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Where:
Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Rd, New Bern, NC 28560, USA
— 2 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Oct 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 6 days away
Peletah 4-H ClubWed Oct 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 6 days away
Landscape and Turf Weed ManagementTue Oct 11, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Cooperative Extension Services, 300 Industrial Dr, New Bern, NC 28562, USA
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Peletah 4-H ClubWed Oct 12, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Peletah Ministries, Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
— 2 weeks away
Little Fork Ranch 4-H Club MeetingThu Oct 13, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Little Fork Ranch, 3300 Aurora Road, Ernul NC 28527
— 2 weeks away
Clover Rangers 4-H ClubFri Oct 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Riverdale United Methodist Church, 5195 U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, United States
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Horticulture WorkshopSat Oct 15, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Latham-Whitehurst Park, 1095 Broad Creek Road, New Bern, NC
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