Doug Collins, Lee County Extension Coordinator
It’s that time of year again. People are putting up Christmas trees. Whether yours stays fresh until after Christmas, or turns into a needle-shedding fire hazard is up to you.
A cut Christmas tree is a living thing, or at least it was when it was cut. As such, it is perishable.
The first step in making a tree last until after Christmas is to select one that is in good shape. If you are buying a precut tree, gently grasp a branch on your prospective tree and pull your hand over the branch. If needles come off in your hand, don’t take that tree home.
After purchasing the tree and before bringing it inside the house, bump the bottom of the trunk against a hard surface to knock loose needles off of the tree. Then cut an inch off of the bottom of the trunk. You see, after the tree has been cut for a while without being placed in water, a seal forms as the cut. This seal will prevent your tree from taking up adequate amounts of water.
Place the tree in a stand with a water reservoir. Check the water level hourly during the first day to make sure your tree has adequate water. The first several hours after being put into water, your tree will be very thirsty and take up a lot of water. If the water level falls below the cut, a seal will form as previously described and the trunk will need to be cut again.
Make sure all electrical equipment to be put on the tree is in good condition and that there is no worn or broken insulation on the lights. Disconnect lights before going to bed. Keep the house temperature as low as is comfortable. Heat can dry out a tree. Don’t allow pets or small children to climb or pull on the tree. If small children are present, make sure that no dangerous ornaments are placed on the tree within their reach.
Keep the tree away from heat sources and open flames. If the tree becomes dry and needles fall excessively, replace the tree with a new one. As was done when the tree was purchased, gently grasp a branch on the tree and pull your hand over the branch. If the needles come off in your hand, it is time for a new tree. Have a safe and merry Christmas!
All Georgia corn, cotton and soybean growers planning to use the new dicamba and 2,4-D herbicides, in-crop, must complete the required “Using Pesticides Wisely” training before applying Engenia, Enlist Duo, Enlist One, Fexapan or Xtendimax.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the final “Using Pesticides Wisely” training on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. See location details below:
Atlanta Farmers Market
Georgia Grown Welcome Center
16 Forest Parkway
Forest Park, GA 30297
If you are a corn, cotton or soybean producer and you have not completed the “Using Pesticides Wisely” training, this will be your final opportunity to fulfill this mandatory requirement for the 2018 growing season.
For more information, please contact the Ag Inputs Section of the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 404-656-4958, your local UGA Cooperative Extension office or visit www.agr.georgia.gov\24c.aspx.
Lowndes Pecan Update Meeting
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Lowndes County Extension Office
|Call 229-333-5185 by Friday, May 25, if you are attending so we can prepare for lunch and room set up.
Mr. Jake Price
Lowndes County Extension
Word from sponsors
12:45 Pecan Updates
Dr. Lenny Wells
Extension Pecan Specialist
Dr. Will Hudson
Extension Pecan Entomologist
Mr. Jason Brock
Extension Pecan Pathologist
Plant Food Systems
Gary Veal (229) 425-1407
Darin Singleton (229) 400-1194
Bayer Crop Science
Jake Ford – (229)-686-4203
|Rip and bed
The following is the impact of tillage on yield potential. Tillage trials were conducted at the Midville station the last two years. This information was provided by Dr. Scott Monfort UGA peanut specialist.
Growers are being asked to consider commenting on their use of pyrethroid insecticides. This is important if you want to be able to keep using these products in the future. Please read over what kind of comments the EPA are wanting on how to submit your comments. If you would like the document to have the active link to the websites, please your local county agent.