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Laurel wilt found in Lenoir County for first time

By on February 7, 2019

Big things come in small packages, and that is certainly true in the case of laurel wilt disease, though not in a good way. The tree-killing disease has already killed an estimated half a billion redbay trees across the Southeast.

It’s a wrap: DIY cankerworm management

By on November 18, 2015

Next week, many North Carolinians will be enjoying a turkey feast to celebrate Thanksgiving. Once the tryptophan-induced naps are over, however, it’s time to worry about another feast: the feast that cankerworms enjoy every spring as they feed on deciduous

When Beetles Attack: Predicting Southern pine beetle outbreaks

By on March 11, 2015

When you think of the “most destructive pest in the South,” you may not envision a beetle the size of a grain of rice. But that’s how big it is. The Southern pine beetle is considered the worst of the

Emerald ash borer turns over a new leaf, attacks novel host plant

By on February 11, 2015

As its name suggests, the invasive emerald ash borer feeds on ash trees, killing them. All species of ash native to the U.S. are susceptible to the beetle, which puts at risk the four species that can be found in

2014: Forest Health Year-In-Review

By on December 31, 2014

The beauty and productivity of North Carolina’s forests have historically been challenged by a variety of threats.  Healthy forests are generally accustomed to pests and conditions that are native to the area where they grow. Outbreaks of common pests may occur

Today’s Topic: Bumper seed crop ensures future trees

By on December 2, 2014

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” In the afterglow of Thanksgiving, your refrigerator or freezer may be overflowing with leftovers from the feast. But turkey and dressing

Leaves as a clue: Surveying for laurel wilt disease

By on January 29, 2014

Along with the frigid temperatures we’ve seen lately, the bare branches of trees around us serve as a reminder that we are still deep in the throes of winter. But not all branches have shed their leaves. Some trees are