Mitchell County Ag News

2014 UGA Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day, Wednesday September 10th

Mark your calendars for the 2014 UGA Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day, which is scheduled for Wednesday September 10th, 2014 in Tifton. The field day will begin at the UGA Gibbs Farm (226 William Gibbs Rd, Tifton, GA) at 8:30 a.m., and will end with lunch at the Tifton…
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PGRs on Cotton

Applications of PGRs have been going out throughout the county. We have had dry weather for the most part with parts of the county getting some rain. This has slowed down growth to some extent. However some of the irrigated varieties with more growth potential (including some dry land) are needing…
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Peanuts In the Ground and Cotton On the Way

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Yesterday I got out and drove around the county. I noticed many farmers working hard to prep land for planting peanuts and cotton before the rain forecasted for the rest of this week!

By Monday many fields were dry enough to keep tractors standing in the field and move the soil. For the past seven days soil temperature has averaged in the mid to upper 70s above the recommended 68 degree temperature for planting. Temperatures will drop in the next few days, but I don’t see that being an issue. The low for the week, according to the National Weather Service, will be around 51-52 degrees. After this Friday we are projected to have warm weather, so this should help with germination and drying the soil. Unfortunately all this heavy rain could wash out newly planted fields and will of course further delay planting of other fields in peanuts and cotton.

We need the rain to hold up. Wet cool conditions could slow down germination and seedling disease is always a concern. Make sure you included a seed treatment if it’s not already there. Also, consider the use of an in-furrow or banded application (3-5 wks after planting) of Proline or Abound for the control of seedling diseases.
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