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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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  • Farmers have always been the backbone of America, tirelessly working to produce the food and materials we rely on for a comfortable life. As we look ahead to the future of agriculture, the concept of precision agriculture is gaining more relevance, importance, and funding. Although not a new idea, precision agriculture has become more accessible…

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  • Gardening can be an excellent hobby and has been shown to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and prevent disease and illness, as well as allowing for the production of flowers, ornamental plants, and foods. Being a successful gardener requires a lot of planning, learning, patience, and hard work. One of the most important skills for…

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  • Most everyone knows to pass on the coffee, sweet tea and energy drinks and opt for more water, but it isn’t always that simple. Healthy water consumption takes effort and commitment, but it is an effort that is well worth it. Water is vital to the health of the human body, providing for everything from…

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