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  • Getting Ahead of Garden Insects

    Each year, I get a number of calls asking for identification of common garden insects. Unwelcome pests reduce yields and lower the quality of harvested fruits and vegetables. Insects may cause damage through boring, sucking, or chewing plant parts such as roots, foliage, or fruits and vegetables themselves. In addition to plant damage, insects are…

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  • This week, I had a client send me a photo of their yard. There were 5-10 holes in the lawn characterized by large crescents of dirt around the entrances. While we’ve talked about some other digging pests in the past such as armadillos, this damage was most likely done by Geomys pinetis, better known as…

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  • What About Lawns?

    If you’ve been reading my column for some time now, you may have heard me talk once or twice (or perhaps more often!) about cool season grasses, especially as it relates to winter grazing. I had some grading work done on my property in the fall and we used an annual ryegrass as a ground…

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  • What’s the Scoop: Composting

    Over 20% of the waste brought to landfills comes from landscaping waste such as leaves and grass clippings.  An alternative to handle yard and kitchen waste is to consider composting waste into organic matter. This organic matter can then be added to soil to help improve texture, drainage, nutrition, and overall productivity. Composting can be…

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  • Farm Succession Planning

    Most family farm founders dream of handing down the operation to future generations—yet very few of these operations are successful in doing so. Transitioning a first-generation farm to future generations requires a good succession or ownership transition plan. Talking about and planning a farm ownership transition can be a stressful and confusing experience for many…

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  • Feral Swine

    This week, I finally got my first call about feral swine being a nuisance up in the Lake Shore Estates area—a call that I’ve been waiting for since I started here in 2019. Feral hogs are present in all 159 counties of Georgia, but Lincoln County has been fortunate that they haven’t been a huge…

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  • What’s That Pest: Joro Spider

    By: Robyn Stewart A new spider species has begun to make its way into Northeast Georgia, and you may have seen one yourself this fall. I know that I had one of these arachnids take up residence at my house near my water hose and stay there until we got colder weather. The culprit? Nephila…

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  • 2020 Recap

    By: Robyn Stewart Lincoln County Extension envisions a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change. Our vision is to provide empowering, impactful programming containing unbiased, research-based information to Lincoln County residents in the areas of 4-H youth development (4H) and agriculture and natural resources (ANR). When…

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  • How Will We Feed The World

    By: Robyn Stewart When I was in college at UGA, one of my favorite classes I took was called “Issues in Animal Agriculture.” The class, led by Dr. Jillian Fain, discussed some of the most commonly referenced conversations about current agricultural practices. We covered topics like product labeling, environmental stewardship, the use of growth hormones…

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  • Protecting Your Plantings in Winter

    By: Robyn Stewart Did you know that cold damage to ornamental plants can be a significant issue in Georgia? Now that temperatures are starting to drop just in time for Christmas, there are a few practices you can follow to help protect your plants this winter.             Most ornamental plants actively grow and reproduce during…

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