Stevia Production Coming to NC and GA

Farmers have been asking me about stevia production for years, so I was excited to see this announcement that there will be some large scale field production of stevia in North Carolina and Georgia this year.  We experimented with this crop on a very tiny scale in the past.  Germination was always our problem.  Once we had transplants, however, the plants did great in both western and eastern North Carolina.  The plants are tender perennials and will not survive our winters, so we grew them as annuals.  I’m sure this company has better germplasm to work with then we did, so here's hoping for some successful stevia production in NC!

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