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Hurricane Michael relief funds- Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant

The Georgia Department of Ag has released the Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant Application Guide for farmers in 95 counties (including Bleckley and Twiggs) who were affected by Hurricane Michael. The grant will cover losses to timber, beef, dairy, poultry, fruits/vegetable, pecans, and uninsured infrastructure. Application will be strictly online,…
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2020 Georgia Ag Forecast

For anyone that is interested, the flyer for this year’s ag forecast is below. There are 5 meetings set at different dates and locations. The closest one to us is in Macon at the Georgia Farm Bureau headquarters on Tuesday, January 21. Registration is required and can be done at…
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Water Wars Continue

When I talk to young kids about the importance of water, I ask, “how would your lives change if you woke up tomorrow and had no access to water?” Their expression is always a puzzled one. Looking back over this summer, I think to myself, “how could agriculture survive without…
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Row Crop Update (8/12/19)

Corn Corn harvest has started in the county, and there are a lot more fields that are physiologically mature (black layer) that is just waiting to dry down. The yield numbers I have heard have been very good so far. I am hearing a lot of irrigated fields doing better…
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Corn and Cotton Update (7/12/19)

Corn I have looked at corn this week that is almost at black layer and some that was planted in the last couple of weeks. For the older corn, it is important that we continue to water until maturity to ensure we do not lose any yield. David Hall put…
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Aphids in Cotton

I have been observing aphids on cotton in the fields and getting a lot of calls as well. Generally, we do not have to spray for them, but there are some exceptions to that rule. I have spoken with Extension Entomologist, Phillip Roberts, about this issue. Here are some things…
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Row Crop Update (6/21/19)

CORN The big news in corn this week is that Southern Corn Rust has shown up in the state. There are several fields in Baker County and a confirmed field in Coffee County. This tells us that the pathogen is spread throughout South Georgia and also conditions continue to be…
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Irrigation Scheduling

We are in late June now which means our cotton and peanut water demands are increasing rapidly on a weekly basis. Some areas have received rainfall but many others have not. It is very important that we assess and apply water according to our crop needs. If our weather pattern…
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