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Pest Management Weed Management

Female spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophilidae)

Female spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophilidae). Photo by Matt Bertone.

Pests Management

Pesticide Safety Education Program

The Pesticide Safety Education Program is part of N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. The program is responsible for producing educational materials along with offering educational and training opportunities to citizens seeking a North Carolina Pesticide Certification.

IR-4 Field Research Center

The IR-4 Field Research Center identifies the pest management needs for growers of specialty crops and conducts crop response and residue trials. The goal of our agricultural scientist, commodity organizations, and extension personnel is to provide growers with pest management solutions.

Agricultural Chemicals Manual

The North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual is updated every year, covering pesticide uses, safety information, chemical application equipment, plant growth regulators, fertilizer use, insect, animal, and disease damage control.

Plant Disease and Insect Clinic

The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic diagnose many plant-related issues for gardeners, homeowners, landscapers, growers, and farmers with treatment and prevention techniques. If a diagnosis can not be obtained, technicians will provide instructions on how to collect and submit samples.

North Carolina IPM

North Carolina Integrated Pest Management or control covers a general approach that integrates practices for efficient control of pests with goals of suppressing populations below the economic injury level.

Cats ear dandelion

Cat’s ear dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) is a perennial weed that is similar to common dandelion. It has a basal rosette of densely hairy leaves with rounded lobes.

Weed Management

Weed Identification Guides

This weed identification tool focuses on weeds of container nurseries and builds upon the multi-access keys, taxonomy, and visual identification. Further defining weeds life-cycles, reproduction, and spreading during nursery container production.

Wolfpack Weeds – Vegetables & Fruit Crops

Wolfpack Weeds innovative research and outreach addresses weed science and weed management systems for vegetable and fruit crops. Further encompassing crop safety, field residue, herbicide development and efficiency, and alternative methods for weed management.

Weed Management Resources – Landscape & Nursery

The landscape and nursery weed management resources centralize publications for greenhouse, ornamental, field production, preemergence herbicides, and postemergence herbicides.


The Turfgrass Environmental Research & Education website is a centralized resource for all turf related news, schedules, maintenance, calendars, insects, diseases, education, and related questions.