Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center serves the people of Western NC in efforts to improve agricultural and horticultural crops in the area. Our Center dates back to 1949 and now sits on 397 acres.

Tomato breeding trials with emphasis on compact growth habit, disease resistance and heat tolerance being planted this m...
06/11/2020

Tomato breeding trials with emphasis on compact growth habit, disease resistance and heat tolerance being planted this morning
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https://cals.ncsu.edu/news/topping-off-for-tomato-breeding/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=cals&utm_c...
05/27/2020
Topping-off for Tomato Breeding: A New Greenhouse for Better Tomatoes

https://cals.ncsu.edu/news/topping-off-for-tomato-breeding/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=cals&utm_campaign=socialhub

NC State’s tomato breeding efforts, led by Dilip Panthee, just got a boost in the form of a new 1440-square-foot greenhouse at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. @NCState’s #tomato breeding just got a big boost in the form of a new greenhouse. 🍅

Herb/Specialty Crop Connection-to Help Connect NC Herb & Specialty Crops Growers With the Industry
05/08/2020
Herb/Specialty Crop Connection-to Help Connect NC Herb & Specialty Crops Growers With the Industry

Herb/Specialty Crop Connection-to Help Connect NC Herb & Specialty Crops Growers With the Industry

The purpose of this page is to help North Carolina herb and specialty crop growers succeed by connecting them with other growers, buyers, and industries offering relevant products, services, events, etc. Because this is a regional industry, occasionally growers from other Appalachian states will als...

Walgenbach Entomology Lab
05/08/2020

Walgenbach Entomology Lab

Ambrosia beetles are beginning to attack the apple trees we've baited with ethanol and treated with various chemicals. Here's Tom Bilbo taking a break from twospotted spider mite projects to count entry holes.

Walgenbach Entomology Lab
04/16/2020

Walgenbach Entomology Lab

Walgenbach Lab Covid-19 Update: After a few weeks of turmoil we have adjusted to the realities of the 2020 field season. Several different projects have been approved by the university to be conducted according to CDC guidelines. It will be a sparse crew doing a lot of solo work, but we'll continue researching biological control of twospotted spider mites and brown marmorated stink bugs, non-chemical control of ambrosia beetles, and insecticides for BMSB in fruit trees, as well as the usual orchard monitoring for pest updates. Hope everyone is staying safe out there!

Pollinators working in the apple orchard at MHCREC.
04/09/2020

Pollinators working in the apple orchard at MHCREC.

New Opportunity: Get Your Continuing Education Pesticide Credits Online
03/27/2020
New Opportunity: Get Your Continuing Education Pesticide Credits Online

New Opportunity: Get Your Continuing Education Pesticide Credits Online

In response to current COVID-19 gathering restrictions, NCDA is allowing N.C. Cooperative Extension to host live online classes for providing pesticide applicators continuing education credits. It is important to note that a webcam or smartphone with camera is required for attendance. Upcoming FREE....

Mountain Crop Improvement Lab
03/25/2020

Mountain Crop Improvement Lab

Black Hat® is about to put on its spring show! Electric rose-pink trusses on near-black winter foliage make for a striking contrast in the landscape. One of the earliest types of rhododendron to bloom, Black Hat® has a secret that greatly increases its flower power: it is a triploid selection. This means it has three sets of chromosomes!
As a side effect of this invisible condition, Black Hat holds its flowers for longer than traditional PJM rhododendrons and sets almost no seed. Unlike some rhododendrons, Black Hat® also blooms consistently year to year. It was a difficult cross, but worth the effort! Keep an eye out for Black Hat® and stay safe and well! Photography courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery.

Mountain Crop Improvement Lab
03/18/2020

Mountain Crop Improvement Lab

https://phytokeys.pensoft.net/article/49589/

It has been some time since we first discovered and confirmed a diploid taxa of Fothergilla. After a lot of work and collaboration with many people, we have now completed a taxonomic revision of the genus including a new species, Fothergilla milleri, named in honor of our intrepid friend and colleague, Dr. Ron Miller. These plants are now conserved with the USDA Woody Plant Germplasm Repository. Thanks to everyone who worked on this project.

25 MHCREC faculty and staff members spent March 10th, 2020 loving on the landscape around the Center.  We are so proud o...
03/11/2020

25 MHCREC faculty and staff members spent March 10th, 2020 loving on the landscape around the Center. We are so proud of the work that was accomplished!

25 MHCREC faculty and staff members spent March 10th, 2020 loving on the landscape around the Center. We are so proud of the work that was accomplished!

Apple variety planting at MHCREC today.
03/09/2020

Apple variety planting at MHCREC today.

Spring is coming!  Getting new peach rows ready this week for pathology #research
03/06/2020

Spring is coming! Getting new peach rows ready this week for
pathology #research

Mountain Crop Improvement Lab
03/03/2020

Mountain Crop Improvement Lab

Its flowering quince season! The MCIL lab loves under-bred plants with potential like Chaenomeles speciosa. Flowering quince put on bright floral displays in the early spring and are durable landscape shrubs. Unfortunately, traditional quinces have small single flowers, thorny branches and messy fruit. In the improved Double Take series, we stacked natural mutations that turn floral reproductive structures (like anthers) into petals, greatly increasing flower size and petal count. We also selected plants that are naturally thornless, fruitless, and highly floriferous.
Pictured here is Double Take Peach™. Looking for a different color? Check out Double Take Orange™, Pink™ and Scarlet™ available through Spring Meadow Nurseries and many NC nurseries and garden centers. The Double Take flowering quince are a landscape solution for a brighter spring.

The Center would like to congratulate Ivy Olson on a wonderful career in Extension. Ivy has been such a source of joy an...
02/29/2020

The Center would like to congratulate Ivy Olson on a wonderful career in Extension. Ivy has been such a source of joy and knowledge at the Henderson Co Extension office, our home office. We will miss her dearly but wish her the best!

Congrats Jeff Chandlerhttps://mountainhort.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/02/mhcrec-director-honored-with-2020-distinguished-service-...
02/28/2020
MHCREC Director Honored With 2020 Distinguished Service Award

Congrats Jeff Chandler
https://mountainhort.ces.ncsu.edu/2020/02/mhcrec-director-honored-with-2020-distinguished-service-award/

The Research Center Administrators Society (RCAS) has bestowed its 2020 Distinguished Service Awards to research center directors in Arkansas and North Carolina. RCAS Past President Jeff Chandler, Director of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center for NC State University, and...

What's the buzz about native bees?  Learn more about bee research at our Center: https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/02/the-buzz-...
02/28/2020

What's the buzz about native bees? Learn more about bee research at our Center: https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/02/the-buzz-about-native-bees/
We are proud of the work conducted by Hannah Levenson and the mounted specimen collection that she created for our Center (image below).

Thanks Henderson Co. Extension! And, thanks to all the researchers speaking from MHCREC!
02/20/2020

Thanks Henderson Co. Extension! And, thanks to all the researchers speaking from MHCREC!

52nd Annual Winter Vegetable Conference was a success! Special thanks to the staff at Henderson County Extension for all their hard work to make this event happen.

Every open spot at MHCREC is being used for teaching and extension today!  Wastewater Management, FSMA training, Master ...
02/18/2020

Every open spot at MHCREC is being used for teaching and extension today! Wastewater Management, FSMA training, Master Gardeners learning from Dr. Tom Kon, and preparing for the upcoming Winter Vegetable Conference!

Our 2020 winner of the 2nd annual MHCREC soups, stews, and chili cook off: Irene Palmer!
02/14/2020

Our 2020 winner of the 2nd annual MHCREC soups, stews, and chili cook off: Irene Palmer!

Congrats to our Director, Jeff Chandler for his recent Distinguished Service Award presented by the Research Center Admi...
02/10/2020

Congrats to our Director, Jeff Chandler for his recent Distinguished Service Award presented by the Research Center Administrator's Society (RCAS).

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02/07/2020

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3.5" of rain on the station yesterday, and the river is a little up.

Great opportunity: https://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/news/8724-apple-class.html
02/03/2020
Henderson County News: Want to grow apples? Master pomology course is for you - Hendersonville Lightning

Great opportunity: https://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/news/8724-apple-class.html

Henderson County (Feb 2, 2020) - Of course, we all know Henderson County grows 85% of North Carolina’s apples. We see the deliciou fruits hanging from the trees every fall and can’t wait to savor our favorite variety. Wouldn’t you like to grow a few trees in your yard or learn more about the o...

01/31/2020
01/31/2020

Snowing at MHCREC!

We love that the Mountain Office of the Science House is housed at MHCREC. Check out their training from yesterday, STEM...
01/31/2020

We love that the Mountain Office of the Science House is housed at MHCREC. Check out their training from yesterday, STEM Next Steps: How to Design Your Own PBL (project based learning).

2020 Winter Apple School
01/29/2020
2020 Winter Apple School

2020 Winter Apple School

Winter Apple School is approaching fast. If you plan to attend, register now to avoid the rush on event day. Also, exhibitor space is filling up quickly. Exhibitors need to call soon to reserve their space. Winter Apple School is the signature apple meeting held in Western North Carolina for commerc...

We can't wait either!
01/24/2020

We can't wait either!

Just a few months away from the summer heat, sunshine, and tomato tar-covered hands

Look at all those truffles!  Way to go NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program NC State College of Agriculture and Life ...
01/23/2020

Look at all those truffles! Way to go NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Look at all the truffles that were harvested from our NCSU research orchard yesterday!! Thanks got the photos, Susi!

Walgenbach Entomology Lab
01/15/2020

Walgenbach Entomology Lab

Mounting predatory mites for identification requires a steady hand, patience, and the proper dose of morning coffee ☕️

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