Lowndes – Echols Ag News

Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting

Georgia Cotton Commission’s 10th Annual Meeting & UGA Cotton Production Workshop will be held in Tifton, GA on January 25th at the UGA Tifton Conference Center. Late registration and sign in begins at 7:30 am and the meeting will start at 8:00am. Below is a schedule for the day.

Georgia Peanut Farm Show

The Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference will be held in Tifton next Thursday, January 19th. Show opens at 8:30. There will be vendors set up and also educational sessions.

Georgia Pecan Growers Association Pecan Meeting

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association is hosting a pecan meeting at the Lowndes County Extension Office on Thursday, January 12. It will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon with lunch being served at noon. If you are interested in attending please contact Janice Dees with the Georgia Pecan Growers Association at 229-382-2187 so they can have a head count for the meal. Below is more information about what will be discussed at the meeting.

Lowndes County Peanut Production Meeting

Lowndes County Peanut Production Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th at noon. Dr. Monfort and Dr. Abney will be talking about peanut production and insects.Commercial (cat. 21), and private pesticide credit will be given with each meeting to all license holders who attend and sign in.  Please call the office (333-5185) a few days ahead if you plan to attend so that plans can be made for the meal. I look forward to working with you this year and please contact me if you need anything.

Brooks County Pruning Clinic

There will be a pecan pruning clinic on January 19th at 10:00 am in Brooks County. The meeting will cover information related to the pruning of young pecan trees and planting demonstrations. Dr. Lenny Wells, UGA Pecan specialist will be demonstrating pruning techniques and available to answer questions related to pecan planting &/or production.  This meeting will be held in orchard at Mr. Jim Loar’s orchard, 1677 Adel Highway (Hwy. 76), Quitman. This meeting is sponsored by Cool Planet and will end with lunch at noon. So that they can plan for program and meal, please RSVP to Brooks County office (229-263-4103) by Tuesday, January 17th.

2017 Production Meetings

Five row crop and vegetable production meetings are currently scheduled in Lowndes County. Commercial (cat. 21), and private pesticide credit will be given with each meeting to all license holders who attend and sign in.  Please call the office (333-5185) a few days ahead if you plan to attend so that plans can be made for the meal. I look forward to working with you this year and please contact me if you need anything.

Don’t let your license expire put these meetings on your calendar now.

  • January 10, 2017 Peanut Production andPeanut Insects
    12:00 noon Lowndes Extension Office
    Dr. Scott Monfort
    Dr. Mark Abney
  • January 13, 2017 Vegetable Production
    9:30 a.m. 4-H Center-Lake Park
    Dr. Stormy Sparks
    Dr. Tim Coolong
    Dr. Bhabesh Dutta
  • February 6, 2017 Row Crop Disease and Fertility
    12:00 noon Lowndes Extension Office
    Dr. Glen Harris
    Dr. Bob Kemerait
  • March 2, 2017 Cotton Production Cotton Insect
    6:00 pm Lowndes Extension Office
    Dr. Jarod Whitaker
    Dr. Phillip Roberts
  • March 8, 2017 Row Crop Weed Control
    12:00 noon Lowndes Extension Office
    Dr. Eric Prostko

Downy Mildew in Cabbage

Downy mildew has been found in a cabbage field in southwest Georgia.

Below is some information from Bhabesh Dutta, UGA extension plant pathologist.

Downy mildew of cabbage has been detected from Colquitt County in Georgia (Dec 9, 2016). These observations indicate that inoculum of downy mildew is currently in GA and under favorable conditions (cool and wet conditions) potential disease outbreak in cabbage and other cruciferous/cole crops can occur. I would suggest our growers to look for the downy mildew symptoms in their fields and start applying protective spray of below stated fungicides.

Fungicide application (a weekly schedule):

Tank mix Chlorothanonil with Reason or Presidio or Revus or Forum. 

For more information please contact your local county extension agent.

Below is a picture of what to look for in the field.

Avian Influenza

Below is a flyer about preventing avian influenza. Please look at this information if you have backyard flocks or pass along to people you know who have them. Also if you are a wildlife hunter or watcher be on the look out for the symptoms in wildlife.