Vegetables

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.

Vegetable Resources


Vegetable InfoSearchVegetable InfoSearch

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.


TomatoVegetable Production

The Vegetable Production portal is a comprehensive resource for commercial growers, home gardeners and Extension agents. The material covers cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, production. post harvest handling, management, budgeting, marketing materials and more.


SoilSoils & Fertility

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.


Vegetable BreedingVegetable Breeding / Plant Breeding Research

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.


Recommended Vegetable Publications
The Southeastern Vegetable Crop Handbook NC Fresh Produce Safety
Vegetable and Herbs Disease Information Food Safety for School + Community Gardens
Vegetable Crop Irrigation Home Vegetable Gardening
Horticulture Information Leaflets Growing a Fall Vegetable Garden
Consumer Vegetable Publications

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