Week at Cooperative Extension

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My week with Cooperative Extension Service I was exposed to many new experiences that I would not have been able to experience at other places. My first day I found these little bugs known as aphids, something I’ve never heard of before and learned the potential damage they can have on crops. We scoured the field looking for those little bugs and I found them on Johnsongrass, a close relative to sugarcane. Just learning about them and finding them I thought was a really awesome experience, it was something new. We visited all of his research projects from the soybeans to the wheat and all crops in between. Tuesday, I assisted Gary in planting a soybean plot for his research project. In this project we planted 12 different varieties of soybeans and are testing emergence, weed growth, and how much each variety yields. Working out in that hot field from 10:30-5:00, really made me appreciate the farmers in this country for the hard work that they have to do everyday and I only worked in a field one day with a small plot it’s hard to think that’s what farmers do everyday. On Wednesday, I assisted John Coley, a horticulture agent, in a project where he was studying how Crape Myrtle trees could recover and return to normal by pruning them. We even made a run out to a lady’s house to answer some concerns that she had with her tomatoes, hopefully our answers will help them thrive. Gary placed insect traps around his research projects to see what types of insects frequented his crops and to see what he could do to protect his crops from harmful pests. I am thankful for this opportunity this week with Granville Cooperative Extension Service for the many new experiences that they have given to me it was really eye opening and I learned so many new things about agriculture that I had no idea about a week ago! I want to Thank the Granville County Commissioners for this great opportunity!

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Photo of Gary Cross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGary CrossArea Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops (919) 603-1350 (Office) gary_cross@ncsu.eduGranville County, North Carolina
Posted on Jun 16, 2017
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