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April 13, 2010

New bulletin focuses on small-acreage crops

Specialty Crops in North Carolina, a new technical bulletin released by the N.C. Agricultural Research Service, documents production statewide and by county for 153 small-acreage crops grown in North Carolina. The bulletin is available online from the Department of Horticultural Science at N.C. State University: www.cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/tb-327.pdf

This overview of North Carolina’s specialty crops includes data on 93 vegetables, 14 fruits and nuts, 36 culinary herbs, and 10 miscellaneous crops. Crop maps depict each crop’s distribution in North Carolina, and county tables list the crops grown in each of the state’s 100 counties by acreage and crop type.

Prepared by Roger Batts, field research director at N.C. State’s IR-4 Research Center, Specialty Crops in North Carolina summarizes data collected in a 2007 survey of Cooperative Extension agents developed by Batts and eight specialists in the Department of Horticulture. Survey responses from 70 counties were supplemented with data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Field Service Agency in Raleigh.

The bulletin includes a copy of the survey used to collect the data, along with a summary of the IR-4 pesticide registration procedure for minor crops.

Crops defined as “minor crops” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency include food and ornamental crops that involve small acreage yet account for more than $43 billion in annual production nationwide.

Posted by Natalie at April 13, 2010 08:09 AM