Ben Hill County Ag

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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Corn Update

Corn Update By: Reagan Noland & Corn Disease Update By: Bob Kemerait Saturated soil + High winds = Chances of lodging   We have had multiple reports of corn lodging in East Georgia (particularly Screven County). Here are some things to consider:   How mature is the corn? In the…
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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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Peanut Update

May, 2018 Peanut Pointers May, 2018 Peanut Pointers Entomology Mark Abney As of 4 May relatively few peanuts are out of the ground, and I have received no reports of thrips injury. Numbers on our thrips traps indicated that tobacco thrips dispersal began around mid-April. Weekly captures remained constant for…
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Zidua in Peanuts

Zidua in Peanuts (Prostko) It appears as though the following statement on the supplemental Zidua peanut label has many people confused: “Apply Zidua as a broadcast spray to peanut from “at-cracking” stage to first true leaf stage through beginning of pod development.”   A few points to consider: a) For…
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Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon: Second Phase

Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon: Second Phase By Andrew Sawyer Wilcox County ANR Agent May 11, 2018   This has been a good week for fusarium with not much showing up. This is because our temperatures are increasing. However, UGA Vegetable Pathologist Dr. Bahbesh Dutta the second phase will come at…
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Phylloxera and Casebearer Update

Phylloxera and Casebearer Update May 17, 2018 | Written by Lenny Wells   Phylloxera damage has become very noticeable this week. If you see galls on the leaves like the image below, that is phylloxera damage. Stem phylloxera (a separate species) shows up as galls in the stems or nuts and is much…
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Disease Update

By: Bob Kemerait After the rains at the beginning of this week, I expect farmers will soon be moving quickly to start planting cotton, peanuts and soybeans.  There are two important points that I want to remind you of.    Choose planting date as carefully as you can.  Cool wet…
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