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Sunbelt Expo Field Day

By Clint Thompson for CAES News

Georgia farmers can learn about agricultural research while interacting with University of Georgia scientists during the annual Sunbelt Field Day in Moultrie, Georgia, on Thursday, July 25.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, UGA agriculture specialists and other industry leaders will present their findings from various crop research projects conducted on the 600-acre farm.

Among the UGA experts whose research will be highlighted is UGA Cooperative Extension soils and hydrology specialist Glen Harris. He’s researched cotton and peanuts at Sunbelt for more than 20 years and believes the research done here is vital to the Georgia farming community.

“My research experience at the Sunbelt Ag Expo goes back to the days of Darrell Williams, who the research farm is named after,” Harris said. “It’s a place to be able to show the cutting-edge research that the University of Georgia is known for.”

Harris’ research this year focuses on soil nutrient needs on cotton, specifically how fertilizer impacts cotton’s growth. Sulfur-based fertilizer, foliar potassium and side-dress nitrogen fertilizer are part of his research, which is replicated every year.

Cotton, peanut, weed, vegetable and forage researchers will speak to field day attendees about the statewide impact of their research. Along with Harris, other UGA scientists presenting this year include Lisa Baxter, UGA Extension forage agronomist; Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension weed specialist; Dennis Hancock, UGA Extension forage specialist; Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County Extension coordinator; Monique Leclerc, Regent’s Professor on the UGA Griffin campus; Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut specialist; and Jared Whitaker, UGA Extension cotton specialist.

“The research partnership that we have with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers gives us a healthy blend of university and corporate research plots on our Darrell Williams Research Farm at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Working with the UGA researchers, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the latest agronomic research as it pertains to seed and forage varieties, crop protection, irrigation and water management, soil fertility, and precision agriculture,” said Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Ag Expo.

For more information about the Sunbelt Field Day, see https://sunbeltexpo.com.

Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.

Wildlife/Pond Management meeting

The Wildlife/Pond Management meeting is next Thursday, February 21, 6:00 pm at the Lowndes County Extension office address: 2102 East Hill Ave Valdosta Georgia. 

Below are the speakers/presenters and topics:

Stephen Spradley- Georgia Forestry Commission-

Hurricane damage to timber, Effects/benefits of Prescribed Fire with Wildlife Management


Dallas Ingram-GA DNR

Quail management and funding options


Dr. Gary Burtle -UGA

Aquatic weed control, Pond liming and fertilizing program, When and how to use chemical treatments, Grass carp stocking, Effects of shallow water on weed growth, And long term aquatic plant management.

Please call the office at (229) 333-5185 or email me a few days ahead if you plan to attend to register. Pesticide credit will be given for those who attend the class (Category: 21, 23, 26&10). Please let me know if you have any questions.

Joshua Dawson,

Joshua Dawson

Fort Valley State University 

Ag and Natural Resources agent

Lowndes County Extension

Email: dawsonj01@fvsu.edu

Office: (229) 333-5185

Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule
March 15, 2019

WHAT: This one-day workshop is being offered to produce growers. The training will cover the
standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory
requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course
will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA
Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

• Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them successfully;
• Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;
• How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing
produce safety practices on the farm; and
• Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

WHEN: Friday, March 15th, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
**Please bring $20 in exact change or check**

WHERE: Lowndes County Extension Office
2102 East Hill Avenue
Valdosta, Georgia 31601

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any produce grower who grows, packs, harvests, and/or holds covered produce,
makes over $25,000 in annual produce sales (on average, based on the past three years of sales),
and does not qualify for a Produce Safety Rule exemption is required to attend this training under
new federal regulations. As of January 2018, larger grower operations (with more than
$500,000 in annual sales) must comply with the Produce Safety Rule.

WHY: This PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined
in §112.22(c), which requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have
successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized
curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

REGISTRATION: To register, please follow the link: http://bit.ly/Lowndespsagt

Registration deadline: March 12th

Ag Forecast meetings

Published on 12/07/18

UGA CAES set to host annual Ag Forecast meetings

By Clint Thompson

Sam Pardue, dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), will serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series set for Jan. 22 through Feb. 1. The annual meetings allow UGA agricultural economists to address Georgia’s farmers, lenders and agribusiness leaders about the latest trends and economic conditions in Georgia’s No. 1 industry — agriculture.

At the seminar’s six locations across the state — Bainbridge, Carrollton, Lyons, Macon, Tifton and Watkinsville, Georgia — Pardue will discuss how CAES works with Georgia’s agricultural leaders and how the college works to help solve the issues facing rural Georgia.

“Perhaps more than ever, the Ag Forecast is needed to assist farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and the organizations that support them to plan for the future,” Pardue said. “Uncertainty in weather, commodity prices, trade and access to markets, regulatory policy, and labor creates a challenging environment for Georgia producers. While we cannot predict the future, we can bring all the tools at our disposal to better inform our stakeholders in their decision-making processes.”

CAES hosts the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series every year. Those interested in attending the seminars can register at georgiaagforecast.com. Economists from the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will present the economic outlook for Georgia’s producers with an emphasis on Georgia’s major commodities.

“Ag Forecast provides producers, bankers and agribusiness leaders with a glimpse of what will happen in 2019. It presents data on how conditions in Georgia, the United States and the globe will impact producers here in Georgia,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with UGA faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension agents and will leave the meeting with a copy of the 2019 Georgia Ag Forecast book. It provides detailed outlooks of the major commodities produced in Georgia from scientists who work on the crop year-round.

One topic that’s expected to be on the forefront is how Hurricane Michael will impact the future of Georgia agriculture. The storm devastated south Georgia agriculture on Oct. 10, 2018, causing more than $2.5 billion in crop losses. Since the hurricane moved through Georgia during harvest season, multiple crops were at extreme risk for damage.

“The impact from Hurricane Michael will undoubtedly be a hot topic because it impacted a number of commodities in the state with potential global implications,” Wolfe said.

Georgia’s cotton crop sustained between $550 and $600 million in losses, classified as immediate damage to commodities grown by Georgia producers. Pecans suffered $100 million in losses to its crop along with $260 million in losses to trees and $200 million in losses to future income. Other crop damages include $763 million in losses to timber, $20 million in losses to poultry houses, and $480 million in losses to vegetables.

The 2019 Georgia Ag Forecast series will be held:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: Macon, Georgia — Georgia Farm Bureau Building
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: Carrollton, Georgia — Carroll County Ag Center
  • Friday, Jan. 25: Watkinsville, Georgia — Oconee County Civic Center
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29: Lyons, Georgia — Toombs County Agri-Center
  • Thursday, Jan. 31: Bainbridge, Georgia — Decatur County Agricultural Center
  • Friday, Feb. 1: Tifton, Georgia — Tifton Campus Conference Center

The Tifton seminar will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet. All of the other seminars will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a networking lunch.

The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is presented by UGA CAES and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. For more information on the 2019 Georgia Ag Forecast series, visit georgiaagforecast.com or search for #gaagforecast on social media.

2018 Southeastern Citrus Expo

If you are interested in growing citrus and want to learn more from other growers in the southeast, join us for this informative once a year meeting of citrus growers north of Florida.

Friday November 16th. Citriholics Banquet and optional tours

Banquet 6:30 PM
Mama June’s 3286 Inner Perimeter Rd., Valdosta.
229-245-6062
http://www.onealrestaurants.com/mama-junes/

Saturday, Nov. 17. Conference Sessions will be held at Raisin Cane, 3350 Newsome Rd. Valdosta. 229-559-2000
https://www.raisincanevaldosta.com/

Registration 8 – 9:30 AM Rate to be determined.

Fruit competition entry 8 – 9:30, Plant Sales

9:30 – 12 Noon Raffle between speakers

Confirmed speakers
Cally Walker, University of Florida Budwood program.
Anna Jameson, Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery, Lake Panasoffkee, FL
Pete Anderson, University of Florida, Quincy Experiment Station
Dr. Jose Chaparro, University of Florida, Citrus breeding and new varieties.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Available at Raisin Cane included with registration

1:00 – 4:00 Tours
Lowndes County Extension Citrus Rootstock trial.
Commercial Satsuma Orchard and Variety Trial
Non-commercial orchard and Nursery

Tour sites are all within a few miles of Raisin Cane.

Mark your calendars and watch for updates on the Southeastern Citrus Expo Facebook page.
If you want to be a vendor please contact Mark Crawford craw142@bellsouth.net or call 229-460-5922

Preconference Private Gardens open to visit on Friday November 16th

Adel, Georgia 25 miles north of Valdosta directly off I-75

Garden of Kent Thomas. Acres of palms, Japanese maples and citrus around a beautiful lake.
305 Kent Dr. , Adel GA 229-560-1544
Traveling south on I-75 exit at the Sparks exit 41. Go east into Sparks and turn right onto US 41 south. When you cross over the railroad bridge just before Adel turn left at the BASE of the bridge onto South Ave. Kent Dr. is the first right off this road. Garden is on the left. Driveway has an enter sign.

Valdosta, Georgia

Garden of JD Thomerson. An outstanding garden of camellias, citrus, gingers and a variety of other interesting plants.
111 East Alden Ave. Valdosta 229-244-1050

Nashville, Georgia approximately 30 miles northeast of Valdosta

Triple Bee Nursery. A new citrus nursery operated by Hershell and Ricky Boyd.1128 Seaborn Boyd Rd., Nashville, GA 229-356-0074, 229-686-7287
Use GPS to locate this location

 

 

 

Watermelon Research Field Day

2018 UGA Watermelon Research Field Day in Cordele

 

The demonstration trial evaluates the effects of fumigation and fungicide for management of Fusarium wilt in watermelon.

 

Details for the Field Day:

UGA Field Trial Site at Cordele, GA

Address. 1176 US Highway 280 W; Cordele, Georgia

Date: Thursday June 28th, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m.

 

AGAware Workshop in Douglas

A full AGAware workshop will be held on November 14, 2016 in Douglas, GeorgiaThe workshop being conducted by the Corporation for Community and Economic Development United of Georgia,Van McCall, Education, Outreach & Special Programs Manager, AGAware Team Manager, AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA.  This opportunity is geared for young, beginning and/or small farmers. There is no charge to attend and a free meal is provided for all.

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39th Sunbelt Ag Expo

39th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo will be held in Moultrie, GA next week (October 18th-20th) at Spence Field. Tuesday and Wednesday show hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person / per day. Children 10 and under are free with a parent. Multi-day admission tickets can be purchased for $20.  Come check out the exhibits and demonstrations. You may just see your local county extension agent working the UGA CAES Extension booth or the Georgia County Agents food booth.