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Tours of Greenhouses & Specialty Crop Production in Wilson County-2004 Report

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This is a 2004 report from a NC Specialty Crops Program Project. It is posted for historical reference purposes.

PROJECT LEADER(S): Billy Little

IMPACT: Several Wilson county growers have been utilizing specialty crops as an alternative for tobacco for the past couple of years. Growers interested in trying this mainly greenhouse production were able to see the actual methods utilized for these crops in our visits via a PowerPoint presentation developed on a grant-funded laptop. In addition, 12 interested growers traveled to Kinston Research Farm to explore greenhouse strawberries. One grower has already adopted the methods learned.

TABLES & PHOTOS

tomatoes in greenhouse

With 50% of our tobacco greenhouses available for other uses, tomatoes and sweet potato production are catching on.

planter demonostration

We were able to demonstrate some of the planters in field conditions.

exploring greenhouse strawberries

A van load of 12 interested growers traveled to Kinston Research Farm to explore greenhouse strawberries.

No till cucumber test plot in Wilson county

The attempt was made to incorporate many factors of specialty crops, such as visiting one of our no till cucumber test plots we had in Wilson County

Bee hives were included in the tour.

The need and resources of Bee Hives was one topic we covered at a Twilight tour as pollination is a key to many of our specialty crop needs

Our growers have also been shown operations via slides from across The country of methods they may want to incorporate into their plans

Our growers have also been shown operations via slides from across The country of methods they may want to incorporate into their plans