Granville County Intern First Day With NC State Cooperative Extension

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I am Matthew Smith, this summer I am an intern through Granville County and I am working in the human services track. In this track I am working with the Cooperative Extension, Veteran Services, Hospital, Social Services, Health Department, and Senior Services. I started my internship with the Cooperative Extension, and my first day Gary Cross gave me the grand tour of all of the research projects. He first showcased his research projects by showing me what he is testing, from round up resistant crops to 2-4D resistant crops and how the drift affects the crops and how efficiently they could be grown. Next, we went to a field to look for an invasive species, Sugarcane Aphids, that are dangerous to the farming community for their ability to ruin the sorghum type crops. In the field we found clusters of these aphids on Johnson Grass, a cousin of the Sorghum crop. These aphids can be dangerous because of their ability to reproduce and spread to other crops ruining and killing them. Then, we checked on the insect traps to discover which types of insects that we feeding on the crops and a way that we could control the pest affecting the crops.  We also looked at a corn test plot and the Wheat plot.

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Photo of Gary CrossGary CrossArea Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops (919) 603-1350 (Office) gary_cross@ncsu.eduGranville County, North Carolina
Posted on Jun 12, 2017
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