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2020 North Georgia Vegetable Variety Selection

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications Coordinator Expert Source: Tim Coolong, Extension Vegetable Specialist University of Georgia Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong spoke to vegetable growers this month in Blairsville about the latest research in variety testing of selected crops for north Georgia. Vegetable growers “above the fall line” are…
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2020 Soybean Update: Weed Management

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications Coordinator Expert Source: Eric Prostko, Extension Weed Specialist University of Georgia Extension weed specialist Eric Prostko spoke to growers about current pesticide applicator regulations and weed control strategies for the 2020 season at this year’s Northeast Georgia Soybean Production Meeting in Bowman. Prostko emphasized…
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2020 Soybean Update: Insect Pest Management

Written By: Emily Cabrera, IPM Communications Coordinator Expert Source: Phillip Roberts, Extension Entomologist In 2019, soybeans were planted on 100,000 acres in Georiga. At this month’s Northeast Georgia Soybean Production Meeting in Bowman, University of Georgia Extension specialists provided updates for growers going into the 2020 season. Extension entomologist Phillip…
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Blueberry Growers Should Scout Early for SWD and Manage Before Berry Color Changes

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is the most economically significant insect pest in berry production in the southeast. They survive all year round, in every landscape, and the presence of just one egg, larva, pupa, or fly can render an entire harvest unmarketable. Scout early and manage this pest for a productive year.
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UGA Climate Expert Shares Production Strategies for Spring Weather

Georgia weather is predictably unpredictable, bitter cold one week and balmy the next. And for that reason, growers are being urged to pay close attention to the weather over the coming months, and be prepared to utilize irrigation for frost protection and potential dry conditions as we move into spring. We are currently in an ENSO neutral year, and weather patterns in those years are more variable and can often create issues with…
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Monitoring and Management of Blueberry Gall Midge

Although blueberry gall midge has historically been referred to as a rabbiteye problem, recently it has been reported to be a concern in some southern highbush fields. The majority of the highbush infestations were primarily reported in older blocks and those surrounded by rabbiteye blueberries. The southern highbush varieties that infestations have been reported include Emerald, Farthing, Meadowlark, and Star. If you haven’t already done so, start monitoring and if you observe gall midge larvae or adults in your orchard, implement management strategies immediately.
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Colletotrichum Resistance to QoI fungicides such as Abound and Pristine is prevalent throughout strawberry fields in Georgia

Anthracnose fruit rot disease, caused by fungal Colletotrichum species, is one of the most significant disease problems of commercial strawberry production in Georgia and the Southeast as a whole. Dark, sunken lesions on fruit are the main disease symptoms. Hot, humid weather and significant rainfall make Colletotrichum-induced fruit rot a widespread problem in strawberry production. For disease control, growers mainly rely on preventive fungicide applications…
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Field Scouting with Google Glass? Group Will Study the Potential

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There has been a lot of hype about using newer web-connected technologies to carryout field scouting and surveys in agricultural commodities.  In a feature article in the October 2014 issue of Growing Georgia, Allison Floyd provides an overview of new project funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture that will evaluate…
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