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Wiley Ross Greene

  • Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

    Are any of you noticing brown spots in your bermudagrass hay fields? If so, you probably have some damage that has been caused by a bermudagrass stem maggot. The BSM bores into the pseudostem, the stem-like structure made up of leaf sheathes, where it feeds on the sap. This feeding cuts off water and sap…

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  • When Is It Time To Stop Irrigating Corn?

    I have scouted several corn fields recently, and I noticed many of them are starting to reach physical maturity. This brings about the question, “When is it the time to stop irrigating corn?” A good way to way to determine how much longer you need to water is to look at an ear of corn…

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  • Pecan Leaf Sampling

    Leaf Sampling for pecans is just around the corner, so start figuring out when you can work it into your schedule for some time next month. July 7- August 7 is the best time to pull your leaf samples determine nutrient levels in the trees. By pulling the samples during this window, we can get…

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  • Sweet Corn Harvest

    Many of you have sweet corn planted and some of it is not far away from harvesting. Sweet Corn will be ready for harvest around 20 days after the first silks are seen. Watering your sweet corn is very important and it needs at least an inch of water per week. It is crucial for…

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  • Post Emergent Rhizoctonia in Cotton

    Have you noticed some of your cotton plants looking wilted, then falling over dead soon after? If so, the culprit could be post emergent rhizoctonia solani. It is a common disease that causes seedling death in cotton plants after they emerge, but while the plants still have a tender green stem. It can create brown…

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  • If you are having issues with crabgrass, sandbur, johnsongrass, or other grasses in your bermudagrass hay field you can make a one-time application of glyphosate after your first cutting. This method is a very time sensitive though. You need to spray the crabgrass/sandbur after it has begun to grow, but before the bermudagrass has really…

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  • Smartweed in Pastures

    Have you ever noticed this weed in your pasture or hayfield? This is a smartweed and they are very common in wet areas like pond borders, ditches, hayfields, and pastures. Smartweeds are part of the polygonum genus which also includes knotweed, ladysthumb, curly dock, and red sorrel. There are annual and perennial smartweeds. The annual…

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  • Are you currently being tormented by thousands of tiny little stickers in your yard? Is it unsafe to walk through your yard barefoot? When you pull off your shoes, have you noticed the bottoms being covered by lots of sharp little stickers or “burs”? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, the culprit…

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  • Controlling Grasses in Home Gardens

    With the arrival of Spring, many people are starting to plant home gardens. Unfortunately, a few weeks after these gardens have been planted, homeowners often start to have problems with unwanted grasses. If not treated properly, what starts as a few springs of grass by a vegetable plant can become a real issue for the…

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  • It is time to plant peanuts according to the calendar, but heavy rains have put a stop to planting for a few days until farmers can get into the fields with their equipment. Farmers normally wait to plant peanuts until around April 20th to help manage the thrips that cause tomato spotted wilt virus. This…

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