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Colquitt County Extension Ag Update 10-29-2018

Colquitt County Extension Ag Update 10/29/18


In this Issue:  
Disaster Relief Resources for Farmers and Producers

Assessing Hurricane and Tornado Storm Damaged Forest Stands
Georgia Pesticide Waste Clean Day
Cotton Nematode Samples
Agriculture Disaster Assistance Info Session for Producers


Hurricanes and other weather events can be especially devastating for farmers and producers, both economically and emotionally.  While government programs can never fully relieve losses, there are a number of resources that are available to help farmers recover from disaster.  READ MORE… 
Assessing Hurricane and Tornado Storm Damaged Forest Stands

Drs David Dickens and David Moorhead, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Mr. Chip Bates, Georgia Forestry Commission, have  provided interested producers information that provides a set of points that should be considered when evaluating and managing storm damage areas.  READ MORE


Georgia Pesticide Waste Clean Day Event

Sunbelt Ag Expo Moultrie, GA. November 14,2018 9am-3pm


Georgia Clean Day is a program that gives everyone an opportunity to discard old, unusable, or cancelled pesticides to a hazardous waste contractor for disposal. Pesticides in leaking containers or disposed of improperly may cause environmental damage by contaminating water supplies or harming people and wildlife. Some pesticides that have been used in the past are now in need of proper disposal.  Participation in the Clean Day Program remains free of charge to all private and commercial applicators with the understanding that the event is designed / intended for farmers, lawn care, golf courses, and pest control companies. The Georgia Department of Agriculture we will be requiring pre-registration for the events. For more information about the event please contact the Colquitt County Extension office at 229-616-7455..


Cotton Nematode Samples 

With cotton harvest having started, it is time to take cotton nematode samples. In order to have a good representation of nematode populations within a field, predictive nematode samples should be taken in late fall usually just after cotton has been harvested which would be in October or November.  It is better to take samples prior to harvest, but most growers find it easier to sample after the cotton stalks are mowed.  However, do not wait too long after harvest to sample because nematode populations will begin to decline once their food source is removed.

Guidelines for Nematode Sample

Each soil sample should represent no more than a 20 acre field or section of a field. The smaller the field area you sample, the more accurate your results will be. In each section of the field take 12 to 15 cores. Take samples 8 inches deep within the plant root zone. Place these in a bucket and thoroughly mix the sample being sure to break up any clumps. You should have approximately one quart of soil in the sample that you send off.  The soil should be transferred into a labeled plastic bag with sampling date for nematode assay. Once sampled is put in a zip-lock type bag, it should be kept cool (refrigerate if possible) and not allowed to get dry. Samples should not sit in a hot vehicle or even in direct sunlight because this can kill any nematodes in the sample and lead to inaccurate results.

Avoid sampling fields that are too wet or too dry. A good rule of thumb is that it is best to sample soil that would be about right for good seed germination.

Samples should be taken in a random manner throughout the area of the field being sampled. Commonly used patterns included modified “X’s” or “Z’s” that cover the entire area. Samples should include all areas of the field, not just poor areas that show signs of nematode damage.  Submit samples to the laboratory quickly.

Reference: UGA extension Bulletin “Georgia Cotton Nematode and Management Considerations”


Agriculture Disaster Assistance Info Session for Producers
The Agriculture Disaster Assistance Information Session for Producers was held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on Monday, Oct 22. Representatives from USDA, FSA, NRCS, Rural Development & RMA were in attendance to update producers. Interested parties can view the information session in the caption above..
Thanks for your time,

Jeremy M. Kichler
Colquitt County Extension Coordinator

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