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  • Summer Annual Forages!!

    This time of year, I often get questions about what type of summer annual forages to plant in Colquitt County. Warm season annual grasses are established from seed and are productive during spring and summer. Plantings of warm season annual grasses can be made in the spring as soon as the soil temperature (at a…

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  • In this update, we will discuss topics: Local small grain situation, Current soil temperatures, Cover crop termination timing and corn planting, Questions about calcium in peanuts. and The SmartIrrigation App. and When do I take the cows off my small grains and still harvest them for baleage or grain? Local small grain situation: The local…

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  • Up Coming Meetings 1/22/24

    I hope everybody is staying warm.  We have several meeting opportunities over the next couple of weeks. The Colquitt County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at the Colquitt County Extension office. This meeting will start at 7 pm. Dr. William Secor, UGA Livestock Economist will be updating area…

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  • Southeast Winter Hay Stocks

    By: Josh Maples, Mississippi State University December 1st hay stocks and 2023 production were included in the annual Crop Production Summary released this past Friday. This report gives the best estimates of the amount of hay available for the winter at the state level. For this article I’ve focused on states in the Southeastern region excluding Oklahoma and Texas.…

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  • The weather this week is going to be interesting. The National Weather Service is forecasting a couple of nights in the lower to middle 20s for the middle part of the week and the cold weather will be back on Saturday.  The drought monitor that was released last Thursday (January 11, 2024) indicates no drought…

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  • I wanted to inform local cattle producers about the virtual opportunity starting in January 2024. The Georgia Master Cattlemen Program will be offered by Zoom for cattle producers. The cost is $20. The program will be 8 sessions starting Monday evening January 22nd beginning at 6pm.  Topics covered during the 8 sessions will include Nutrition…

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  • This is going to be an interesting weather week for Colquitt County. According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, 1.5-2 inches of rain is in the forecast for Monday-Tuesday. Please monitor the weather situation as potential severe weather can impact the area. If you would like more information on the upcoming weather please go…

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  • A great article written by Steve Morgan, UGA Forage Team about minimizing forage losses. The weather situation has challenged many cattlemen and forage producers this fall. Below are some great tips about storing and feeding hay. According to USDA, in 2019, the United States produced more than 57.7 million acres of forage crops that were…

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  • GeneralQuality of bermudagrass and bahia declines rapidly from now to frost. Growers need to watch body condition of their cattle because supplemental  feed may be needed.Stockpiling foragesstockpiling berudagrass • Finish planting winter grazing in prepared seed beds and begin over seeding winter annuals into pastures.Time to Start Thinking About Overseeding Your PasturesTips on Overseeding Pastures…

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  • It is dry!!! The dry weather has impacted the maturity of the peanut crop in the area, but harvest conditions have been good for cotton and peanuts. Forage producers are waiting on rain to establish winter annual forages. Colquitt County received 0.76 inches of rain from September 1, 2023, to October 8, 2023, and the…

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