Tuesday in Pictures-NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program

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5/25/2021 – We got an amazing response to our spring research update with requests for more frequent updates with lots of photos. So, today we commence “A Day in Pictures,” brought to you today by Margaret Bloomquist, research associate.

Tilled organic fields with mountains

Fields are prepped for two organic tomato studies in the certified organic research unit on the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Cover crops growing nicely in the background. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.

Young broccoli and kale growing on raised beds with white plastic

Young broccoli and kale in a breeding quality trial with the Eastern Broccoli Project. Two weeks after transplanting at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.

Harrowed soil in a truffle orchard

To encourage more mycorrhizae growth in our old black Perigord truffle orchard (filberts) we ripped the soil 6 inches deep with a harrow. The filberts in this orchard were cut to the ground early this spring in an effort to get better control of the Eastern Filbert Blight that had finally moved into this orchard. Always trying new things at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.

oats peas clover germinating in field

Oats, peas, and clover germinating in the organic research unit on the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.

hemp research field site with mountains

Future site of the fiber hemp variety trial at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Photo by Margaret Bloomquist.