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contest winner in front of fall display with certificate and county extension director

Giant Pumpkin Contest Winner

P.D. Royal was the big winner of the giant pumpkin contest held by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Graham County. …

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WNC AgOptions 2022 Cycle Delay

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2022 grant cycle launch has been delayed. We intend to have a grant …

Raymond Norton with giant pumpkins on truck

Land of the Giants!

As fall quickly approaches, the town of Robbinsville has been overtaken by giant pumpkins thanks to the generosity of …

Cherokee Tan pumpkins gathered in field

Appalachia's Indigenous Pumpkin

I first read about Cherokee Tan pumpkins a few years ago; a variety of pumpkin grown by Cherokee Indians …

Ribbons won at local fair

Big Day at the Fair!

Local beekeeper Alan Wamsley recently won both first place and “Best in Show” for his light sourwood honey at …

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Tomato Taste Test Results

North Carolina Cooperative Extension would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Graham County Farmer’s Market this past …

Cover photo for On the Lookout for Pinkeye

On the Lookout for Pinkeye

Now that hot, humid weather is gaining a foothold here in the mountains, cattle producers need to keep a …

Cover photo for Canton Livestock Spring Update

Canton Livestock Spring Update

Registration is required! Call (828) 884-3109 for more information. June 4, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WNC Regional Livestock …

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WNC Hemp Growers Meeting

Western North Carolina Extension personnel have organized a virtual hemp growers meeting for the evening of February 17, 2021. …

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Switchgrass: Establishment, Management, Yield, Nutritive Value, and Utilization

This publication summarizes results from 26 studies addressing the establishment, cell wall content, cultivar improvement, …

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Muscadine Grape: Family Activity Guide

Celebrating, learning and loving everything about muscadine grapes. This guide provides activities for families to …

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High Density Apple Orchard Management

This publication focuses on the management techniques and economic analysis of orchards with more than …

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For organic soybean producers increased seeding rates improve early soybean canopy density, which shades out …

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Tobacco - Boron (B) Deficiency

Tobacco plants that are B deficient are stunted very early on in production when compared …

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Tobacco - Phosphorus (P) Deficiency

Phosphorus (P) deficiency in tobacco begins as a noticeable stunting when compared to a plant …

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Tobacco - Nitrogen (N) Deficiency

By far, nitrogen (N) is the most widely applied nutrient for plant growth. It …