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Fungicide Spray(s) During/Post Wet Conditions

Dr. Bob K – “Much of our Corn, peanuts, and soybeans are at growth stages especially vulnerable to diseases. The weather (warm, humid, rain in the forecast) is text-book perfect for development and spread of fungal diseases. Perfect to cause delayed fungicide applications as well. We know southern corn rust…
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Pest Patrol – Tarnished Plant Bugs in Cotton

UGA Cotton Entomologist, Dr. Phillip Roberts briefly discusses the importance of scouting cotton for boll retention, the level of tarnished plant bugs currently observed in earlier planted fields, and sweep net thresholds in the latest “Pest Patrol” Update (4:07 minute runtime). We want to maintain boll retention at 80% or…
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Pandemic Cover Crop Program – Jun 15 Deadline

Acreage reporting for most crops is due by July 15th to the FSA, but a new program, the Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), has a reporting deadline of Jun 15th – tomorrow. Amanda Smith, UGA Ag Economist explains: “PCCP provides premium support to producers who insured their spring cash crop…
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1st ID of Southern Corn Rust in GA 2021

Southern corn rust was positively identified in Jeff Davis Co yesterday through the collaboration of consultant Brooks Adcock and said county’s Ag Extension agent, Jennifer Miller. What to consider now via Dr. Bob K: “1. Which growers are at highest risk?  Because the rust (which was well established in the…
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Ribbon Cutting – Watermelon Festival & Comm Gary Black

On Behalf of Crisp Co Chamber of Commerce: Tomorrow June 10th, 10a @ Crisp Co Farmers Market The Watermelon Festival as started and through the City & County Commissioners it has been proclaimed June 10th, 2021 as Commissioner Gary Black Day. Please come out and support these two events at…
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No Concern for White-Lined Burrower Bug

Have been seeing white-lined burrower bugs crawling around, in large numbers, a few peanut fields but mostly cotton fields with volunteer peanuts. These are not considered pests in these crops. Their populations will decrease as we enter the summer. Lots of mortality in this insect can already be seen –…
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Row Crop Update – May 24

Been seeing multiple fields with thrips (blurry pic to left-above), upwards of 3-4 per plant. Heavy feeding on the first true leaves will cause crinkling (right pic above) and heavy infestations can lead to to stunted plants/delayed maturity. Threshold for systemic foliar insecticides is 2-3 thrips per plant with immatures…
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Peanut Pointers & Aspergillus

Dr. Bob K: “Thanks to Rome Ethredge for sending me picture(s) of the first Aspergillus crown rot on peanut (see below) he has seen this year. Given the near-100-degree heat headed our way, we are likely to see much more soon as our seed-treatment and in-furrow fungicides WILL be tested….
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