Even though tobacco remains the number one cash crop in North Carolina, there's been a significant decrease in the amount of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade. We'll explore the future of the state's tobacco industry.
Hundreds of people are displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed during last week's tornadoes. This week on the Down East Journal, an in-depth review of the storm that impacted eastern North Carolina and the efforts underway to help residents recover. And despite a cold winter, experts are predicting a bumper crop of strawberries this season. Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Spring is finally here… the weather is getting warmer, and strawberries are almost ripe for picking. Mid to late April is usually the start of strawberry season for our area, but some fields in eastern North Carolina are still several weeks away from being ready. In addition to a late start, news that virus infected plants may cause a drop in the number of local strawberries has some worried. We spoke with strawberry growers across eastern North Carolina this week to get an idea on the success of this year’s crop.