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North Carolina strawberries are ripe here, ripe nowNorth Carolina strawberries are ripe here, ripe now
[Apr. 30, 2007] May is Strawberry Month in North Carolina, and the crop looks excellent. Despite concerns over the great "Easter Freeze", strawberry growers successfully protected their crop with only minor losses. Now, local tables can take advantage of these fresh, field ripened, local strawberries. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent
Chatham County agriculture quizChatham County agriculture quiz
[Apr. 25, 2007] Test your knowledge of local agriculture with the following quiz. Don't peek at the answers at the bottom of the quiz. By Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent
Gardening answers for localsGardening answers for locals
[Apr. 19, 2007] I've seen enough plants growing around and over railroad ties to suggest that they are not likely to have inhibited the growth of your vegetable plants. Large rocks can certainly be an impediment to tillage, and tillage is often not friendly to nearby trees in residential areas; the roots extend much farther than branches and are important to the trees' longevity. By Al Cooke, Ag Extension agent
Also: On new ground
Also: Home Vegetable Gardening
Evaluating freeze injuryEvaluating freeze injury
[Apr. 16, 2007] I have received numerous questions about the long-term effects of the recent, abrupt change in weather – about a 60-degree change last week. Based on my observations, most of the damage is minimal and temporary. It’s not much more extensive than if the plant had been pruned. The amount of damage, however, becomes more obvious with time. For now, I am not suggesting any action other than wait and watch. By Al Cooke, Ag Extension agent
Also: Agricultural E Letters
Also: Al Cooke
Pittsboro Farmers' Market open every ThursdayPittsboro Farmers' Market open every Thursday
[Apr. 11, 2007] The Pittsboro Farmers' Market is held every Thursday at the Fairgrounds, behind the Food Lion shopping center in Pittsboro from 3:30 to 6:30. By Jim LeTendre
4-H specialty license plate is now available
[Mar. 9, 2007] Driving North Carolina's highways and glancing at license plates, one can identify what organization or "cause" the driver takes pride in. Sports teams, historic locations, and even commodity groups have their own specialty license plate. Now is your chance to own a 4-H specialty license plate and help North Carolina 4-H "Drive Into the Future!" By Sarah Hardison Kotzian
Potential for winter damage to trees and shrubsPotential for winter damage to trees and shrubs
[Feb. 1, 2007] As I listen to multiple scenarios of “wintry mix” descending into our neighborhoods, as I sit now and watch the snow accumulating, I am reminded of the most significant threat that winter weather provides to plants: it’s not cold; it’s breakage. By Al Cooke, Ag Extension agent
Forest health and fiscally sound forestry workshopForest health and fiscally sound forestry workshop
[Jan. 19, 2007] A Forest Health and Fiscally Sound Forestry Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 7:00 pm. It will be held in the auditorium downstairs in the County Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop is being conducted by the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and Extension Forestry at North Carolina State University. By Glenn E. Woolard
Also: NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham Co. Center
Pampas grass mysteriesPampas grass mysteries
[Jan. 15, 2007] The BEST way to deal with Pampas grass is largely a matter of opinion. Some would suggest Roundup. You may hear various opinions from landscapers; it’s a plant most of them do not like to deal with this time of year. By Al Cooke, Ag Extension agent
Flea control with nematodesFlea control with nematodes
[Jan. 15, 2007] Let me start by saying that this is a very good example of the idea that the strategy is more important than the product. Certain nematodes are parasitic on fleas and can kill them. It’s interesting to note that this effect is easier to observe under controlled research conditions than in field studies. The concept has been around for a long time but researchers are still refining the strategies that lead to success. By Al Cooke, Ag Extension agent
CCCC offers sustainable farming classesCCCC offers sustainable farming classes
[Jan. 9, 2007] The Central Carolina Community College is offering sustainable farming, energy and building courses this spring semester. By Robin Kohanowich
4-H clubs in Chatham County4-H clubs in Chatham County
[Dec. 28, 2006] Chatham County 4-H currently has five clubs and one that is in the process of forming. The five clubs that are active are the Chatham County Charging Champions 4-H Livestock Club, the Silk Hope 4-H Horse Adventures Club, the Rocky River Riders 4-H Horse Club, the Red Wolves 4-H Homeschool Club and the Almighty Royals! 4-H Club. By Susan Graham
Also: Chatham county 4-H Clubs
Lady beetles. What a genteel term.Lady beetles. What a genteel term.
[Nov. 1, 2006] Lady Beetles. What a genteel term. I gather there is some disagreement and/or confusion about what kind of insect folks are dealing with. A reference on my shelf only lists the dozen most common lady beetles and they involve 10 different genera. By Al Cooke
It's all chemicals!It's all chemicals!
[Jun. 8, 2006] Everything is chemicals! I’m responding to two notices in Chatlist #2502, dated 5/25/06 and at least one more since then. One writer wanted to “stay away from chemical methods” while another has a pesticide, “no chemicals used.” By Al Cooke, Extension Agent
Cocoa mulch may be hazardous to dogsCocoa mulch may be hazardous to dogs
[May 8, 2006] Apparently some of the “big box stores” and perhaps others have been stocking cocoa bean shell mulch. I haven’t seen it locally, but neither have I looked. Apparently the mulch has an odor attractive not only to humans but also to dogs. Apparently some dogs will eat it. By Al Cooke, Extension Agent

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