Bacon County Ag Update

Rust and Southern Highbush Blueberry

Below is an update from Phil Brannen regarding rust and Blueberries. The rust epidemic appears to be taking off this year, and producers should be made aware that defoliation is possible if leaf spot materials are not applied; loss of leaves will impact plant health and impact next year’s yields. …
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Peanut Planting Recommendations

The beginning of the planting season is just a few weeks away. There are many things to consider and get ready before first seed goes in the ground. One of the first questions I expect you get in the counties is “how early can I plant?” So what do you do when soil temperatures are in the high 60’s in the first part of April and growers are asking about planting? Just Say No!   Please keep your seed in the bag until the latter part of April.   There is no need to be in a hurry to plant Peanuts.
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Peanut Fungicide Schedule

There are a few fields in Bacon County with peanut fields that have reached the 30+ day mark. I have seen some early leaf spot in some of these fields. At this time farmers should start considering their first fungicide spray. This application is dependent on a few factors; variety, planting date, plant population,…
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Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB)

Scouting some corn fields yesterday I identified some Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) on some early planted corn (stage V18-VT). This disease tends to show up in fields planted in corn over multiple years. As some of the corn in Bacon County begins to tassel, some may wonder when is the best time…
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