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  • I asked a friend recently, and he responded that clearly the egg came first, since reptiles existed before chickens and also lay eggs. Alas, the age-old question has a logical answer! I recently learned about Fitzgerald GA’s claim to fame—wild chickens and the wild chicken festival. This week, I thought I’d share a bit of…

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  • Did you know that the UGA Soil, Plant, and Water Laboratory provides testing services and expert recommendations for resource management to Georgia residents? Soil and water testing is essential for homeowners and producers alike, but there are a variety of other tests that Lincoln County Extension can provide. A soil test is used to determine…

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  • Now that school is back in session, our 4-H programs are off to a running start. Lincoln County 4-H has opportunities for youth from 5th to 12th grade both in and out of school. In-school club meetings are held monthly for all ages and typically include a short agriculture lesson and updates on our 4-H…

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  • As July moves into August, kids are going back to school and some of us are looking forward to this summer heat fading into the more temperate weather of autumn.  Growing a productive fall vegetable garden requires planning and an awareness of good cultural practices.  In Georgia, cool season crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels…

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  • I thought I was being proactive the other week discussing the tree problems that can occur when we get big storms; but it seems lately I’m getting more calls about general tree health. Tree issues tend to compound over time, so it’s important that we notice tree decline earlier rather than later. Let’s cover a…

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  • Pollinators are a vital part of a balanced ecosystem and critical to the well-being of humans. There are over 100,000 different varieties of insects and over 1,000 other species that serve as pollinators. These species are essential for the reproduction of over 225,000 different flowering plant species, including over 150 food crops. The annual value…

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  • Last week we saw a pretty strong storm front come through Lincoln County, resulting in power outages, downed trees, and damage to property. Once the immediate effects like power outages have been fixed, homeowners have to manage the longer-term issues with storm damaged trees. This week, I wanted to provide some brief guidelines on how…

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  • We are officially in my least favorite part of summer – it is hot and dry out there, with still more to come before the cooler weather of fall. While we were fortunate to have quite a bit of rain in June, that seems to have slowed down. It’s important that homeowners pay attention to…

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  • Every year, our Extension office gets a number of client inquiries looking for assistance with ponds. The level of involvement and assistance that Extension can provide regarding ponds has changed over time, so we frequently have to refer clients to other resources. This week, I wanted to clarify what pond-related things Extension can help you…

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  • One of the best parts about being a county agent is the diversity of topics I get to deal with on a daily basis. This week alone, I’ve had calls about turfgrass, pond management, cattle, water testing, oak tree pests, and more. The broad scope of these calls is what makes my job interesting, but…

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