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"Endurance" hemp plant showing signs of Boron deficiency

2019 Small-Farm, Late-Season Hemp Production Notes

2019 Small-Farm, Late-Season Hemp Production Notes: Flowering, Harvest, & Post-Harvest Management Mountain, High Country, & Foothills regions, Western North Carolina Field Production From …

On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Workshop

For extension agents, agricultural educators, and small commercial growers: Register to attend this on-farm poultry slaughter workshop sponsored by N.C. …

jarred produce

August 2019 Food Preservation Classes

Food Preservation Classes The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center will be offering two food preservation classes in August. Choose …

Chicken Processing Workshop

The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County will be conducting a Chicken Processing Workshop on Saturday, September 22, 2018, …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries can be grown in home gardens anywhere in North Carolina if the right species …