Ben Hill County Ag

Row Crop Disease Update

Weather across most of Georgia, hot with better-than-even chance of rain, remains perfect for development and spread of fungal diseases in our row crops.   Southern corn rust arrived very late, but is spread across the Coastal Plain of the state.  Southern corn leaf blight and northern corn leaf have…
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Replacing Fertilizer in Cotton

Replacing Fertilizer in Cotton Andrew Sawyer Jun 11, 2018 The most common question after these large rain events is have I lost all of my cotton fertilizer, and will I have to start over? UGA Extension Soil Scientist Dr. Glen Harris has provided some information on this topic: May planted cotton could…
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June Crop Disease Update

Disease Update by Bob Kemerait    CORN:  No southern rust has been found in Georgia to date.  Apparently, there is not a lot in Florida either.  Spores from Florida are typically a threat to our corn crop.  Little disease there means lower risk here in Georgia.  Jason Brock and I…
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Cotton Fertility

Fertility (Glenn Harris) Replacing Nutrients Leached by May Rains It seems like every time we get a lot of rain I hear people say “well, I guess I lost all my fertilizer”. While nutrient leaching (nutrients dissolved in water moving downward out of the root zone of plants) is a…
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Cotton Planting Update

Considerations for the Remainder of the Planting Season (Mark Freeman) This spring has been especially challenging for cotton planting in many parts of the state. Dry weather early in the planting window followed by continual rainfall in the second half of May have delayed planting of over one third of…
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Cotton Insect Update

Cotton Insects (Phillip Roberts) The question has been asked if we should manage insects differently in late planted cotton. The answer is no, however we cannot afford to make any mistakes as mistakes will be costly. A late planted crop will have limited time to effectively bloom and set harvestable…
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Cotton Weed Control June Update

Cotton weed control (Culpepper) Weather has certainly challenged the management program. The intense and often overwhelming rainfall in recent weeks has greatly limited our ability to be timely with weed management programs throughout Georgia. Below are a few discussion points to address common questions/concerns. 1. Preemergence (PRE) herbicides in 2018…
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Peanut and Cotton Disease Update

By Bob Kemerait Peanuts and disease:  Conditions are perfect now for leaf spot disease to occur.  A significant portion of our crop is approaching 30 days after planting and wet fields are likely to keep growers our of the field.  Growers who are delayed making their first application should consider…
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Row Crop Disease Update

Row Crop Disease Update by Bob Kemerait Plenty of disease issues to consider now.  Please let me know if you have questions.    To date, no soybean rust has been found this year in Georgia. To date, no southern corn rust has been found this year in Georgia.  (We have…
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