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2018 Recordings and Guest Speakers

February 27, 2018 
Tips and Tricks for Distinguishing Superficially Similar ArthropodsMatt BertoneGuest Speaker: Matt Bertone, NC State Extension Associate, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Learn from the expert! Matt Bertone identifies arthropods and other animal specimens for NC State’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, as well as for researchers at NC State and other universities in North Carolina. Matt will share tips for identifying insects and other arthropods that may at first appear similar.

Recording: Watch it on YouTube

April 24, 2018
Best Management Practices for a Healthy Lawn
Dr. Grady MillerGuest Speaker: Dr. Grady Miller, NC State Professor – Crop and Soil Sciences

Dr. Miller was named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the highest honor given by the society, in 2017, and has taught turfgrass management at NC State since 2006. His presentation will discuss turfgrass best management practices to prevent turf diseases and maximize lawn health.

Recording: Watch it on YouTube
Visit the TurfFiles website to learn more about turf care in NC.

June 19, 2018
Diagnosing and Correcting Common Soil Problems 
Steph DrzalGuest Speaker:  Stephanie Drzal, VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreations – Nutrient Management Specialist

Steph Drzal is a nutrient management specialist with the VA Department of Recreation and Conservation and recent NC State University graduate, earning a masters degree in soil science. As part of her graduate studies, Steph created training resources and has taught soil science for the Virginia EMG Program. She will discuss common soil issues and how to manage them.

Recording: Watch it on YouTube

August 28, 2018
Growing Blueberries in NC Gardens
Dr. Bill ClineGuest Speaker: Dr. Bill Cline, NC State Extension Specialist – Blueberries and Muscadine Grapes, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology

From soil preparation to selecting the right varieties for your region, Bill’s presentation will share tips and advice for growing blueberries successfully in NC. Visit the NC State Extension Blueberry Portal to learn more about growing blueberries in NC!

October 23, 2018  
Weather and Climate Impacts on Gardening

State Climate Office Staff

Guest speakers (left to right):

  • Heather Aldridge, Assistant State Climatologist
  • Dr. Walt Robinson, Interim Director
  • Corey Davis, Applied Climatologist  
Scientists from the State Climate Office of NC will discuss recent and historical event impacts, e.g., Hurricane Florence, as well as what to expect in terms of weather and climate in the future. In addition, CoCoRaHS — a national citizen science precipitation observation program — will be highlighted in this talk.