Research Stations - Upper Coastal Plain Research Station
Peanut research programs include: evaluation of breeding lines and varieties for higher yield and CBR resistance, better quality and disease resistance; development of improved cultural practices; evaluation of experimental fungicides for foliar disease control; effect of weeds on overwintering of pathogens; evaluation of pathogen density on Sclerotina blight development; crop rotation studies; evaluation of plant growth regulators; variety verification of certified seed; and development of weed management strategies in conventional till, strip-till and cover crop systems. Transgenic peanut breeding lines are being evaluated for their resistance to Sclerotina.
A major tobacco research effort focuses on breeding and development for better yield and quality of flue-cured and burley varieties for Black Shank and Granville Wilt resistance. Other research efforts are in disease control; evaluation of chemicals for protection from tomato spotted wilt; evaluation of fungicides and nematicides for pest control; development of black shank and nematode management strategies; variety development; breeding line and variety yield, quality and disease evaluations; and evaluation of cultural practices on quality and chemical composition.
Projects include: herbicide evaluations and development of conventional and strip-till weed management strategies for conventional and herbicide tolerant cottons in conventional tillage, no-till till and cover crop systems; insecticide evaluations and development of insect management strategies for conventional and insect resistant cottons in conventional tillage, no-till till and cover crop systems; biological and ecological studies of insects and development of insect management systems; pesticide interactions involving insecticides, herbicides, nematocides and other pesticide types and yield and quality trials of commercial varieties and advanced breeding lines.
Research projects include the development of no-till and conventional weed management strategies in conventional and transgenic corns; development of herbicide recommendations based on soil type; evaluation of herbicide-insecticide interactions; evaluation of herbicides in herbicide-tolerant corn prior to release; development of cultural practices for enhanced yield and quality; crop rotation systems, and official variety testing for yield and quality.
Soybean work focuses on development of improved cultural practices, weed control, herbicide evaluations and development of conventional and no-till weed management strategies, herbicide-adjuvant studies, herbicide-insecticide interactions, development of herbicide recommendations based on soil type, official variety testing, variety verification of certified seed and crop rotation systems.