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Peanut Spray Schedule


There are a few fields in Mitchell County with peanut fields that have reached the 30 day mark. At this time farmers should start considering their first fungicide spray. This application is dependent on a few factors; variety, planting date, plant population, at-plant insecticide, row pattern, tillage type, rotation history, field history, and irrigation….
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Oats and Wheat Harvest Begins


Harvesting of Oats and Wheat has begun in Mitchel County. The delay in wet weather has allowed for maturity and drying down. Now the fields are ready to be harvested.

In terms of Fusarium head blight, there is nothing we can do now except harvest early, turn up the air during harvest and separate bad fields. Growers are encouraged to blow as much air as possible to take out the lower test weight/shriveled grain
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Valor Damage on Peanuts

Last night I received an email from our Extension Weed scientist, Eric Prostko, about Valor damage showing up in newly planted peanuts. I have personally looked for damage myself in the county. I have not found any yet, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any. Here are a few…
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Southern Pine Cone Rust


I recently visited a gentlemen’s house to look at his pine trees. He called earlier and complained of yellow/orange dust coming from his pine cones. I immediately was skeptical thinking this was just left over pollen from earlier this spring…
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Pecan Irrigation Schedule

Mitchell County is 2nd in the state in pecan production. Pecans require a considerable amount of rain to produce a good crop load. To achieve this pecan growers need to be on an irrigation schedule. Here is a post and schedule from Lenny Wells, Extension Pecan Horticulturist:

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Stop the Insanity! Putting Forage Quality First

Here is a great article from Carole Knight, Bulloch County Ag Agent:

Here we are once again at the beginning of another hay season. Hay producers anxiously sit at the starting line glued to their smartphone weather app or favorite tv weather-man waiting for that golden window to get their grass mowed, dried, baled and put up before a rain. Last year this process was not so easy. Many producers struggled with timing their hay cuttings to get up their grass without getting rained on and/or after being too mature. Because of this we had a lot of hay fed this winter that was too low in energy and digestibility and we paid the price. So let’s take a bit of advice from Albert Einstein who said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Let’s look at how we can put forage quality first…..

Forage Team Newsletter Volume 2-Issue 2 May2014
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Threat of Thrips on Peanuts

If you talk with any peanut grower they will say that thrips were the biggest issue insect wise last year. It seems we may have a repeat of last year, with our cool wet spring, much like 2013. This weather kept the thrips going longer than normal last year hopefully that will not be the case 2014. Dr. Mark Abney has thrips traps in Mitchell Co. which are checked periodically. As of May 7th, the numbers are at or below 5 per trap.

Here are some comments from Dr. Mark Abney, Extension Peanut Entomologist:
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