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News, events, and happenings in Colquitt County agriculture.

Hay & Forages

  • Current Situation: Drier weather has set in over the last week and the forecast for the next week mirrors the same thing. Growers started planting cotton and peanuts this past week. The area corn crop ranges from just planted to V8. Corn irrigation schedule: The UGA Irrigation reference guide for corn, cotton, peanut and soybean…

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  • Thistles can reduce forage yield and delay spring transition of warm season grasses. Thistles can produce large amounts of seed, sometimes up to 4,000 seed per plant. For growers trying to manage the seed bank, please implement control strategies before flowering. Several different thistles are found in pastures, which can include Bull thistle (Carduss vulgare),…

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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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  • Last week was another exciting week in Colquitt County agriculture. The weather forecast this week calls for increased rain chance for the middle part of the week. Cool, wet weather has challenged corn growers. Emily Watson is planning a Farmer Input Meeting on April 19, 2024. This meeting will be held at the Colquitt County…

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  • Up Coming Events: Winter Forage Field Day at Packer Park Farm. This event will be held at the Packer Park Farm next to the Colquitt County High School. It starts at 11 am and will conclude with lunch at the Colquitt County Extension office. If you are interested in attending please contact the Colquitt County…

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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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  • 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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  • The Colquitt County Extension office will be closed for the holidays from December 25, 2023, to January 1, 2024, and reopen on January 2nd. Up Coming Meetings The links to register for the 2024 Corn Short Course and the 2024 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting/UGA Cotton Production Workshop are available at the following website.  2024…

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  • The peanut harvest is coming to an end this week, and the cotton harvest is in full swing. The Halloween edition of the Drought Monitor shows 50% of the state of Georgia is not in drought, but 49% of the state is experiencing conditions ranging from D0-D4. According to the Drought Monitor, 100% of Colquitt…

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