Burke – Jenkins Ag News

New Method of Extension Delivery

The process of delivering information in today’s society is constantly changing. The purpose and mission of the Extension Service is to deliver research based information in a timely and efficient manner. It is our job and intent to make sure all of our clients are up to date on the information available. In the past, we have achieved this mission via phones and person to person contact. I started my career in Mitchell County in 1998. I did not have a cell phone in my truck or my pocket. I would conduct field visits during the day, only to return to the office to find a stack of messages on my desk. I would ultimately make my way through the stack. However, due to the slow response time, most of them had gotten an answer to their question! For years, we have sent hardcopy newsletters out to our clients, which are still a good communication tool. However, there are quicker means available to get information to its destination.

I am going to attempt to start a blog that will contain timely and important agriculture information. The topics will range from row-crops, hay production, livestock, or any other timely topic. I feel this will enable faster and more efficient communication with producers and other clients.  If we can improve the speed of communication, you will be able to make a quicker decision regarding problems and issues that may arise. For this to work well, clients need to take a few minutes and read the entries. As always, feel free to call or follow-up with suggestions. I am still learning the ropes and will improve this system as we move forward. This is a work in progress!

Deer Damage on Cotton

This year has been the worst regarding deer damage in cotton. In the past, we have always worried about deer eating soybeans, peas, and to a lesser extent cotton. However, I have fielded more deer related calls this year than in the past. Why are we having so many deer problems in cotton? I think this question has two answers: the loss of temik and deer overpopulation. I do not have any scientific data to back up my theory, but it appears that temik resulted in cotton becoming an undesirable plant to deer. I also feel that our deer have become overpopulated. I am not a wildlife biologist by any means, but deer are everywhere! It is not practical or economical to install a fence or any other protective barrier around a 200 acre field. Many of the hot sauces and other products only last for a few days and will wash off with a very small amount of rain. It is legal to obtain a wildlife damage permit from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. A conservation ranger can issue a permit if your situation deems necessary. The first step in obtaining a permit is to call the DNR Region 6 office in Fitzgerald at 229-426-5267. They will assist you with the process, which is very short.

cotton-photo

Every leaf on this plant was eaten, except the two cotyledon leaves. This plant should recover with favorable weather and fertilizer. Any plant that is totally eaten, will not recover.

Reminder

Per Julia Sharpe, FSA Director – The deadline to certify all crops is July 15th.

Hope you have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

One thought on “New Method of Extension Delivery

  1. I hope it works. When I started in Extension not only was there no cell phones but also no computers from you to do this on. I commend you for trying new technology and look forward to keeping it touch with it