North Carolina is a strong national producer of fresh and processed vegetable commodities, serving local and international market demands. The U.S. Agriculture 2012 report ranked the state a top ten vegetable producer in sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cabbage, watermelons and sweet corn.
Through North Carolina Cooperative Extension the vegetable specialists provides valuable research and relevant information to vegetable growers. Specialists support the industry by addressing organic, sustainable and economic solutions for soil fertility, weed, insect and disease control. NC State’s researchers and educators introduce new crops, technology, practices and techniques. The multidisciplinary group of county agents and vegetable specialists have a proven track record in working with individual farmers and commodity groups in maintaining and growing North Carolina industry.
The Department of Horticultural Science generates detailed information leaflets for asparagus, broccoli, celery, cucumber, greens, eggplants, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, root crops and miscellaneous vegetables.
The Vegetable InfoSearch is a custom vegetable search engine powered by the College of Agriculture Life Sciences and the Department of Horticultural Science. This tool searches archives, industry resources and scientific literature to find answers vegetable related queries.
The Cabbage Growers Portal is a comprehensive resource for commercial growers, home gardeners and Extension agents. The material covers cabbage production. post harvest handling, weather, management, crop budgeting and marketing materials.
The Pepper information portal is an excellent resource for commercial and home growers regarding field and greenhouse production, pest management, handling, economics and pepper produce safety.
The Soil Science program is internationally recognized for research and education outreach. The program website serves as a multi-industry asset for water quality, nutrient management, biofuels, soil erosion, crop production and waste management.
The portal information is specific to North Carolina tomato production and developed for growers and Extension agents. The website unites assets for tomato production, management and marketing to save time and effort finding related solutions.
The vegetable breeding and applied genomics program is a interdepartmental and college effort that is actively developing new cultivars, germplasms, parental lines, and pesticide resistance. Vegetables crops researched include bean, cabbage, cantaloupe, specialty melon, cucumber, gourds, potato, sweetpotato, tomato and watermelon.