Farmers see crops, research station
The tour included visits to multiple farming operations in Decatur, Grady, Miller and Seminole counties, including John Harrell’s peanut field in Grady County on Thursday.
With a drip system, efficiency rate for water is as high as 95 percen
While not suitable for all peanut fields, sub-surface drip could be used in smaller fields with irregular shapes where pivots are unable to travel and in those with dry corners.
University of Georgia research looks for low-yield solution
Researchers are studying the effects of growing late-planted soybeans after corn. The results present encouraging news for south Georgia farmers looking to overcome plummeting prices while maximizing resources.
Ten Georgia peanut farmers honored
Each of Georgia’s top 10 peanut farmers relied on University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research to produce the highest yielding crops this year. These farmers were honored by the peanut industry this month for growing the year’s record-breaking crops.
Practice could reduce irrigation expenses, scientists believe
Along with providing an added defense against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth at planting, rye reduces thrips infestations significantly and could save farmers irrigation expenses.
Yields and profits may be at risk without plant growth regulators
A PGR is chemical compound that limits the vegetative growth of a plant — in this case, cotton. Managing the plant’s growth is often necessary because of Georgia’s environment, climate and the growth characteristics of varieties used by growers, said Jared Whitaker, a crop and soil scientist with UGA Extension.
New admissions counselor at UGA Tifton appointed
The new face in the academic programs office at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus is eyeing an expansion of the campus’ presence in Georgia.
Stewart is a former assistant director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia
As Southwest District Extension director, Mike Stewart will be responsible for a 41-county region that includes metro Albany.
Tifton specialist reaching growers all over the world
Over a 30-day period, Tifton’s Lenny Wells estimates his blog receives between 5,000 and 6,000 hits, or views. The blog also draws interest from readers in several South American countries, Australia, South Africa and India.
Majority of state’s peanut acreage not scouted
Only 25 percent of respondents reported monitoring their crop through a paid scout or consultant.
Profile: Mitzi Parker
Mitzi Parker, family and consumer sciences agent at Americus, assists people in dire financial straits by helping them maintain a manageable budget. She also strives to work the housing aspect into her financial classes.
Program shows students career opportunities while giving them experience
The Young Scholars program brings advanced high school students to University of Georgia campuses at Tifton, Griffin and Athens for six-week summer courses that expose the students to agriculture and the sciences.
As temperatures nudge triple digits, melons are getting sunburned
Watermelons, a staple of Fourth of July festivities, are looking at a shorter-then-normal season that could end as early as Wednesday.
China is the world's largest user and its second-largest producer of cotton
Actions and weather a half a world away directly affects the pocketbooks of Georgia cotton producers.
Rain, winds contribute to reduced yield
Vidalia onions are harvested in only 20 state-sanctioned Georgia counties from mid-April through May.
Training begins Monday morning at UGA Conference Center
University of Georgia Extension will host a pair of cotton scouting schools in June. The programs will be held on Monday, June 8, in Tifton and Tuesday, June 16, in Midville.
“The camp is all about helping our 4-H students understand the importance of water to our region of the state, and why it’s important to protect it, conserve it and use it wisely so it will be around for future use,” said Calvin Perry, SIRP superintendent.
Courtney Conine only student chosen from Georgia
A student at Pelham High School, Conine was one of 18 high school students selected nationally, and is the only member of the all-star team from Georgia. The honor is bestowed on students within the swine industry who have a passion for agriculture, leadership and service learning.
Input sought from more than 3,500 peanut producers
The survey can be accessed online through a link on the Georgia Peanut Commission’s website at www.gapeanuts.com.
Participants will learn about two different grafting type
The free clinic will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the UGA Ponder Farm in Tifton. The farm is located off U.S. Highway 82 on Ty Ty/Whiddon Mill Road.
High temperatures can lead to scalding on bell peppers, vegetables
Similar shading systems were used in Spain and Israel, places with similar climates as Georgia, and succeeded.
With cotton prices low, growers may be tempted to scale back against Palmer amaranth
Concerns over low cotton prices and high treatment costs have University of Georgia Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper fearing Georgia farmers might be tempted to become conservative in their fight against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. Culpepper is encouraging producers to resist that temptation.
The new Hall variety is sweet and ripens eary
The new University of Georgia muscadine is golden and ripens early, making it an attractive choice for consumers and Georgia farmers. The biggest need now is to make other areas of the country aware of muscadines and create better markets for the grape.
Peanut acreage expected to increase considerably
“It’s going to be one of those getting-by years,” said Rome Ethredge, Seminole County Extension agricultural agent. Ethredge serves an agricultural area that, according to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, leads the state in row crop production, mainly cotton, peanuts and corn.
State's yield expected to be about 20 million pounds off
University of Georgia Extension pecan horticulturist Lenny Wells said the wet and cool conditions during last spring’s pollination period were unfavorable for pecan growth. As a result, pecans didn’t develop to the size Georgia farmers were expecting.
Seedless watermelon trials yeild promising results
Research by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton could help Georgia’s watermelon growers produce sweeter results.
Growers impacted the most were in Coffee and Berrien counties
According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Coffee County produced 1,846 acres of tobacco in 2013, generating a $6.8 million farm gate value. Berrien was second at 1,461 acres, with a $5.3 million farm gate value.
Disease can devastate Georgia peanut crop
Because of its ability to produce oxalic acid and enzymes that can kill peanut crops, white mold disease is an annual concern, not only in Georgia but throughout the Southeast. The disease was not as widespread this year as in years past, said UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor and scientist Tim Brenneman, but the disease’s impact will continue to be felt statewide.
Farm Bill meetings set in Tifton, Bainbridge and Dawson
Don Shurley and Nathan Smith, University of Georgia agricultural economists based on the UGA Tifton Campus, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm ServiceAgency and the USDA Risk Management Agency, will conduct the meetings throughout Georgia.
Farmers ahead of schedule in harvesting crop
Depending on the severity of the frost, cold temperatures can cause nearly mature bolls to open, and also can lead to bolls burning and rotting in the field.
App developed at University of Georgia
Cotton farmers and scouts began using the Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor app this summer.
Tomato spotted wilt virus surfaces in area
In 1997, TSWV caused widespread damage to Georgia’s peanut crops. Peanut yields suffered and the value of the state’s crop was reduced by more than 10 percent.
Timothy Grey receives D.W. Brooks Faculty Award
The award, given annually by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, recognizes Grey’s work combatting herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, or pigweed, and developing weed management strategies to replace a recently banned soil fumigant — methyl bromide.
Spider mites can suck juice from peanut leaf
The peanut leaf then turns yellow or even black and there is a drastic reduction in yield.
Winner Philip Grimes receives $15,000 and use of tractor for a year
Philip Grimes has farmed for 37 years and operates 2,210 acres with peanuts, cotton, cantaloupes, broccoli, snap beans and corn. The Grimes family’s farming business has grown from 200 acres of rented farmland in the mid-70s. The biggest portion of his land — with 850 acres — is planted in cotton, but he also operates Docia Farms and a state-of-the-art cantaloupe packing shed.
In its 37th year, the Sunbelt Ag Expo is expected to draw 90,000
Not only is Georgia the host state for the 37th annual Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie, it’s also the 2014 Spotlight State.
Recent rainfall overshadowed by month-long drought
An estimated 40 to 50 percent of Georgia’s peanuts are non-irrigated. Half of the state’s crop could have a drastic reduction in yield potential when peanuts are harvested.
Production this year considerably higher than in 2013
Since early May, when 2014 cotton was selling for more than 80 cents per pound, the price of cotton has dropped 18 cents, or about 20 percent. It is now well below the 80-cent barometer that UGA Extension agricultural economist Don Shurley believes all farmers strive for to cover their production costs.
Covering expenses will be a challenge for farmers
Georgia corn prices are projected between $3.75-$4.25 per bushel depending on the region of the state. The prices are well below the $6 and $7 contracts that some Georgia farmers signed last year.
Monfort replaces longtime peanut expert Beasley
University of Georgia Extension’s new peanut agronomist says Georgia’s crop shows potential despite a prolonged drought.
Jennifer Grogan leads 4-H program in Mitchell County
Jennifer Grogan was an active 4-H member as a child and has worked as a 4-H leader for more than 30 years with University of Georgia Extension. Considering her love for the organization as a child, Grogan was destined for her current career.
Harvesting equipment organically controls weeds
While mulch can be used to suppress nutsledge and other weeds in organic crops, it’s not encouraged, and hand-weeding is an unsustainable pratcice. Tifton scientists are examining the use of a peanut digger to control the weed.
Rome Ethredge combines love for outdoors and missionary work
Rome Ethredge has been an agricultural and natural resources agent for 26 years: five and a half years in nearby Decatur County followed by 20 and a half years in Seminole County.
Satsumas similar to Cutie and Halo oranges
A popular citrus crop commonly grown by homeowners has become a highly sought after commodity for some south Georgia farmers. And one University of Georgia Extension agent believes Satsuma oranges will soon be a valuable crop.
Tift County leads the state in watermelon production
According to UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, watermelons generated $159.5 million in farm gate value in 2012 on 18,137 acres. Watermelons account for 17.05 percent of the state’s vegetable crop. Tift County leads the state with $20 million from watermelon production, followed by Crisp County at $17.4 million and Wilcox County at $15.6 million.
Sensors require added expense, management
With rain being sparse in some areas of Georgia this summer, irrigation is a necessary expense all farmers have to consider. Whether it’s with the checkbook method, soil moisture sensors or software programs, cotton farmers have a plethora of options to choose from, says a University of Georgia Extension expert.
Peak times for hog damage are during planting and harvest seasons.
Feral hogs are a major problem in large part because of their reproductive capacities. Charlie Killmaster, a deer and feral hog biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says unlike deer, which breed in the fall and have their young in the spring, feral hogs breed whenthey’re ready and don’t stop.
Georgia 4-H students learn about water
TIFTON — Southwest Georgia 4-Hers were soaked with information this week as they learned about one of the world’s most prized resources — water.
Farmers losing battle against nematodes, researcher contends
Alex Csinos encourages producers to check for nematodes during harvest time by pulling the stalks out of the ground and examining the root systems.
Wayne Hanna conducts research on almost 4,000 trees
If successful, Hanna would have the admiration of homeowners and landscapers across the Southeast who would no longer have to pick up pinecones. Hanna came up with the idea after spending a Saturday doing just that.