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Agriculture & Natural Resources Updates for Fannin & Gilmer Counties

Ashley Hoppers

  • As spring brings warmer temperatures and the dormant world begins to wake, we’re seeing all sorts of plant an animal activity in our yards. If you’re one of the many homeowners noticing small sawdust piles appearing on your wooden porch or around your home, take note as this is a sure sign that you have […]

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  • Advective Freeze Warning for Fruit Growers

    Over the weekend we are anticipating a classic “advective freeze” event, which does not bode will for southeastern fruit growers. An arctic air mass is moving across the country that is projected to affect the entire eastern portion of the country.  With it, daytime conditions may be cool to cold, cloudy to clear and windy.  At […]

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  • The gift that keeps on giving

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    Did your vegetable garden, fruit orchard, or pasture not perform as you would have hoped last year? While environmental extremes, such as excessive rain or dry spells, and pests and diseases can cause trouble, rarely is one factor to blame for an ailing garden. Regardless of what the causal agents may be, a very good […]

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    The 2022 growing season is fast approaching and UGA Extension is looking forward to assisting Georgia’s commercial apple growers as the season progresses. To help get ready for another year, Gilmer County Extension is once again hosting the annual North Georgia Apple Production Meeting. Some of the top Extension Specialists from the University of Georgia, […]

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  • Avoid Aggressively Pruning Crape Myrtles

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    Pruning season has kicked off with a fury, as all around I’m seeing crape myrtles with their proverbial heads lopped off. The most natural and beautiful crape myrtle trees result from limited or no pruning, yet one of the most common misconceptions I come across as a County Extension agent is that folks think crape […]

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  • Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Spring Training


    Becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) is a personal goal that many individuals set for themselves. If becoming a certified MGEV is on your bucket list, then you’re in luck. The Fannin and Gilmer County Extension offices are offering a joint training that will be hosted in both Fannin and Gilmer counties this spring. […]

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  • Holiday Plant Care

    As we enter into the holiday season, many people enjoy decorating their homes to help them get into the holiday spirit. While some folks just have the knack for picking out the perfect gift, others may be looking for some ideas on how to communicate their well wishes. Personally, I think live plants make a […]

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  • Christmas Tree Selection and Care

    A symbol of life amidst the dark, cold winter, this time of year millions of families will be decorating their homes with evergreen trees to celebrate the holiday season. The history of the Christmas tree is fascinating, with Germany being credited for starting the tradition in the 16th century. Despite their rise of popularity in […]

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  • Evergreens shed needles in the fall

    November has brought us some cooler weather, and with it the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors without the intense heat of summer. The fall color this season has been stunning and as more leaves senesce and dapple the forest floor, I’m reminded of another phase of fall. A short-lived time just after what most folks […]

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  • Asian longhorned tick confirmed in Pickens County

    Last month, a dangerous and invasive pest, the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), was positively identified in North Georgia. First discovered on a sheep in New Jersey in 2017, the Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 17 states in only four years. Now that it is in Georgia, UGA Extension encourages livestock producers and the […]

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