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  •  October is one of the best times of year to plant in southeast Georgia because it allows for the plants to get established before the cold weather slows the growth. When planting small grains like rye, wheat, and oats try to shoot for a planting depth of one to one and a half inches deep,…

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  • The United States Department of Agriculture is now taking applications for support payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Phase 2 (CFAP 2). Applications can be filed online or in person at your local Farm Service Agency office starting on September the 21, 2020 and the deadline is December 11, 2020. Farmers.gov Main Overview Page…

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  • It is almost harvest time for peanuts in Southeast Georgia. When checking peanuts for maturity we use a method called peanut blasting. This method uses a pressure washer with a rotating tip to “blast” the outer layer of the peanut shell off the nuts to reveal different colors to indicate maturity. The blasted peanuts are…

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  • I have noticed in the past few weeks that stemphylium leaf spot is showing up in lots of the cotton fields around Evans County. Stemphylium leaf spot is a fungal pathogen caused by a deficiency in potassium that can be brought on by low fertility, drought, or a heavy boll load. Stemphylium usually starts as…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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