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Ants in My Plants

Every summer, we receive calls about ants getting into vegetable gardens and crawling all over people’s plants.  In particular, okra and southern peas seem to be a common problem for nuisance ants.  Ants are attracted to the sugary nectar produced in flowers and may also be attracted to other sap-feeding…
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Rotten Tomatoes

If calcium is deficient in developing tomato fruits, an irreversible condition known as blossom-end rot will develop. Blossom-end rot occurs when cell wall calcium is deficient during early fruit development, and results in cell wall membrane collapse.  Blossom end rot is a physiological disorder of tomatoes and not caused by…
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Food Security

The continued operation of the food and agriculture industry is vital to the health and wellness of people during this global emergency. The one thing we don’t have to worry about in this country is a shortage of food. The U.S. is literally the breadbasket of the world. Farmers still…
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Plant Plagues

The abundant rainfall and warm weather over the past few weeks has unleashed a potential plague of weeds, insects, and garden diseases.  It appears that spring is coming early this year!  So far, we are about ten inches above normal for rainfall in North Georgia.  Soil temperatures are warming up…
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