Wheat Varieties, Soybean Pests, & Stevia

— Written By Curtis Fountain and last updated by

To:  Duplin Co. Wheat/Soybean/Stevia Interests

From:  Curtis D. Fountain

Agricultural Extension Agent – Field Crops

2014 Wheat Variety Performance & Recommendations by Dr. Randy Weisz and Dr. Christina Cowger is attached.


Click here for Where Are The Kudzu Bugs? byDr. Dominic Reisig. This brief article discusses the wimpy NC kudzu bug migration into soybeans this year.
Click here for Midseason Soybean Insects by Dr. Dominic Reisig. This brief, information-packed article addresses corn earworm/tobacco budworm, stink bugs, and defoliators.
Both articles note the importance of scouting and thresholds. I am not aware of any soybean pest at threshold levels in Duplin Co. at this time.
Production/Disease Management for Stevia in NC

August 19, 2014

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Caswell Research Farm, 2415 W. Vernon Avenue, Kinston, NC  

Stevia, a perennial crop used as a no-calorie sweetener, is a new specialty crop for North Carolina. General production/marketing information will be presented. Stem rot disease research/management strategies will be discussed. A stevia research plot will be visited.

10:00 to 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and Overview – Dr. David Shew (Professor, NCSU Department of Plant Pathology)

10:15 to 11:15 a.m. – Stem Rot Disease Research/Management – Dr. David Shew/Alyssa Koehler (Graduate Student, NCSU Department of Plant Pathology)

11:15 a.m. to Noon – Stevia Production/Marketing – Hal Teegarden (V. P. of Agriculture Operations – Sweet Green Fields)

Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch/Discussion

To register on-line, go to:  http://go.ncsu.edu/stevia14

Or, contact Molly Hamilton at:

828-273-1041 or Molly_hamilton@ncsu.edu

Registration is free. Lunch is provided courtesy of Sweet Green Fields.

2 hours CCA CEUs available (CM)

This workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.


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