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Speaker: Joe Neal, Professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State

Session Title:  Strategies to Reduce Weed Control Costs in Container Nurseries

Sunday, July 11  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Description: Weed control in container nurseries is expensive. Despite multiple applications of preemerrgence herbicides supplemented with hand weeding, weeds continue to plague production. In this presentation, we will discuss several strategies for reducing overall costs for weed management such as: optimized herbicide selection, reapplication intervals, application methods, and sanitation practices that reduce overall labor inputs. Following these guidelines growers can reduce labor costs by an average of 40%. 

Level: Intermediate          Type: Research

Session Title:  Recognizing and Avoiding Herbicide Injury to Landscape Plants

Sunday, July 11  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Description: "In the past 5 years I have seen more herbicide injury to landscape plantings than in the previous 25 combined" says Dr. Neal, Extension Weed Scientist at North Carolina State University. In this session, you will learn what products are on the market now that have the potential to injure landscape plants, how are plants being exposed, how we diagnose herbicide injury, and what you can do to reduce the potential for landscape plant injury. 

Level: Intermediate             Type: Diagnostics

Session Title: Glyphosate Toxicology Update and Alternatives for Weed Control in Landscapes

Monday, July 12  11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Description:  Recent media reports and legal actions have raised concerns about the safety of glyphosate - and raised questions about how to control weeds without glyphosate. In this presentation, our speaker will summarize the current status of the glyphosate toxicology debate and review the alternatives to glyphosate that are available for use in landscapes and nurseries. 

Level: All Audiences         Type: Research

Joe Neal

Professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University 

Dr. Joseph C. Neal is Professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist for weed management in landscapes, nursery crops and Christmas tree production in the Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. He received his Ph.D. in Weed Science from NC State University in 1984. After 12 years at Cornell University, watching weeds freeze in upstate New York, Dr. Neal joined the faculty at NCSU in 1996. His research and extension programs emphasize development of cost-effective weed management solutions for nursery and landscape professionals.

North Carolina State University ... Horticultural Science Department
Since 1901, the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Horticultural Science have been providing innovative teaching, research and outreach to the citizens of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. Our research and extension programs are recognized worldwide for their contributions to applied horticultural production and to discovery science. We generate and extend knowledge about fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and landscape design for the purpose of increasing food security and food safety, sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life for individuals and their communities.

Address:     PO Box 7609 Raleigh, NC 27695
Email:        Contact:   Bryce Lane
Phone:    919-515-3131   FAX:  919-515-2505


Welcome to Horticultural Science at NC State
Hi and welcome to NC State's Department of Horticultural Science. My name is Lis Meyer and I'm a Senior Lecturer here. I'm also an alum of this department. So right now I'm standing in a garden area that was installed and designed by our students in a class here. And what I'd like to do now is just take you on a short tour of some of the spaces you'll [students will] be using during your time here. This is Kilgore Hall it's the main building for Horticultural Science at NC State so you'll be spending a lot of time here.

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