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Hornworm egg. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, July 17 2015 popular

This past week we were out scouting after the large storm passed through the Eastern part of the state. We made almost no pest observations that day, which is likely due to the severe weather MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, July 10 2015 popular

Budworm populations have surpassed threshold at all IPM sites to date, and all but one field has been treated. It is unlikely that tobacco budworms will require treatment post topping, but we will continue MORE »

Calcium Deficiency in Wilson County. Photo courtesy of Norman Harrell

Calcium Deficiency popular

Over the past week or so we’ve received a number of phone calls, emails, and text messages asking about irregular/abnormal leaf growth and bud development.  It’s safe to say that nearly all of MORE »

This hornworm was parasitized by braconid wasps.  Although the white bodies look like “eggs”,  they are actually tiny wasp cocoons. Photo: Demetri Tsiolkas

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 26 2015

We are seeing different population densities of both hornworms and budworms across all sites as a result of chemical treatment, plant age/size, and regional differences. Typically you would see hornworms later in the season and MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 19 2015

Plants at sites throughout the state are reaching the button stage where the plant begins to produce unopened flowers at the bud, and some plants are already in bloom. Treating for budworms is not recommended MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 12 2015

In the photo above you have several indications that a caterpillar pest is present, whether you can immediately find the pest or not. If a budworm is present on a plant, you will not only MORE »

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, June 5, 2015

The week-long rain and cloudy weather may have impacted insect populations this week. However, we are starting to see both budworms and hornworms in several places. Some sites still have very little signs of damage, but towards MORE »

Burrower Bug. Photo: Jeremy Slone

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 29 2015

This is the fourth week of scouting, and although flea beetle pressure remains low, we are seeing other insects, including thrips at all of our sites. Thrips are largely a pest because they vector MORE »

Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 22 2015

Similar to previous weeks, we observed very little activity across all sites this week. Some stands appear to be showing signs of disease or phytotoxicity from treatments, but  plants are beginning to grow MORE »

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Tobacco Insect Scouting Report, May 8, 2015

Tobacco Transplants in the greenhouse We’ve begun scouting in some our sites for this field season! It’s warming up outside and we are excited to get back in the field and share our scouting reports from MORE »

2014 Upper Coastal Plain Station

Greenhouse Nutrition

There has been a lot of discussion about the do’s and don’ts of greenhouse fertility management. As we approach the greenhouse season, take a look at these publications from the Soil Science Department MORE »

Tobacco GAP Meeting Schedule

Fifteen GAP recertification meetings will be held in North Carolina during January and February of 2015. You can find meeting dates and details for these as well as meetings in GA, SC, VA, MORE »

Harvested tobacco stalks from our experimental plot at Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount, NC.

Tobacco scouting finished for the season

Tobacco harvest and insect populations are winding down.  Last week, the grower at our Eastern 1 and 2 sites and the crew at our Upper Coastal Plain Research Station sites finished priming, so our MORE »

View down a row of our Eastern 1 site.

Tobacco insect scouting report, September 5, 2014

We are at week nineteen of scouting, and harvesting is happening at all locations. The Piedmont site continued with harvesting this week and the Eastern 3 & 4 locations have completed harvesting this week. Since harvesting is completed MORE »

Tobacco from our Piedmont site has grown noticeably over the past few weeks.

Tobacco insect scouting report. August 29, 2014

We are at week eighteen of scouting.  Two of our eastern sites are almost done with harvesting, while harvesting continues at our other locations. None of our grower plots have hornworms or flea beetles MORE »