Dooly County Extension

Pecan Irrigation

Lenny Wells –  Some early pecan varieties have reached shell hardening and others are rapidly approaching. This means that the water use requirements of pecan are about at peak demand and will remain so through kernel filling. Therefore growers should have their irrigation systems running at full capacity at least…
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Target Spot Confirmed in Dooly Co.

We have just gotten test results back from Tifton confirming a case of Target Spot in western Dooly Co. In this particular situation the disease is not widespread and is not causing severe defoliation(probably due to the drier weather and sound management practices) and Dr. Kemerait is not recommending a…
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Tarnished Plant Bugs in Cotton

We’ve been receiving some questions about tarnished plant bugs over the last few days. Here is some good information from Dr. Phillip Roberts. Unlike cotton production areas in the Mid-South, tarnished plant bug is an uncommon and sporadic pest of Georgia cotton.  However, tarnished plant bug populations have been higher…
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Kudzu Bug in Soybeans

We are starting to receive some questions about Kudzu bugs in Soybeans. This is what the 2014 Soybean Production Guide has to say about this pest.   The Kudzu bug is an economic pest of soybeans that was first found in Georgia in the fall of 2009. Since then they…
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Pecan Leaf Sampling

      Timely information from Lenny Wells.   Leaf sampling is the most important tool pecan growers have for determining their fertility needs. While soil samples are helpful for checking soil pH and determining any potential problems with competitive uptake between nutrients in the soil,  leaf samples tell you the fertility…
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Pecan Nut Drop

Good information from Dr. Lenny Wells on Pecan nut drop – Its the time of year when a few insects may rear their heads and cause some nut drop in the orchards. I refer here mostly to nut curculio and hickory shuckworm. The nut curculio attacks immature pecans from late June…
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Cotton Target Spot Index

The rain yesterday has gotten a few people talking about the possibility of target spot in cotton again this season. Last year Dooly County had a reasonably high occurrence of target spot and although Dr. Kemerait has not seen a case of target spot in the state yet, conditions are favorable…
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Peanut Update

As we move into mid-July, Dooly County peanuts should be blooming and most should have begun pegging.  This is the time when the plants are setting their yield, and can be most affected by dry conditions, insect damage, weed competition and other factors. Management over the next four to six…
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