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White Sugar Cane Aphids starting to show up

White Sugarcane Aphids showed up in Georgia in 2014 and infested grain sorghum across most of the state.  We are expecting this insect to cause significant problems in grain sorghum again in 2015. Here is a picture of white sugarcane aphids on area johnsongrass that I took earlier today: Here are some pictures of…
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Southern Corn Rust in Terrell County

Southern Corn Rust has been found in Terrell County.  The disease was found at very low levels but growers need to be aware of this disease because it can explode quickly. Here is a photo of the disease on a corn leaf: Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension Plant Pathologist, had…
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Chlorothalonil may be in short supply for peanut growers

There has been some talk that peanut growers may be dealing with a short supply of chlorothalonil this year for their fungicide programs.  Below are some options given by Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension Plant Pathologist, that growers may want to consider if they find that they are having difficulty getting enough…
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2015 UGA Cotton Scout Schools

Cotton insect scouting schools will be conducted on June 8, 2015 in Tifton and June 16, 2015 in Midville. These programs offer basic information on cotton insects and scouting procedures and will serve as an introduction to cotton insect monitoring for new scouts and as a review for experienced scouts…
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Thrips showing up in Peanuts

I visited a peanut field this morning that had some thrips damage beginning to show up.  Below is a picture I took of two rows of peanuts this morning.  The row on the left was treated with an in-furrow insecticide for thrips while the row on the right was not. You can…
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Low Levels of Northern Corn Leaf Blight in Corn

Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) is being found in area corn fields at low levels now.  Here is a picture of a couple of leaves brought to me by local crop consultant David Wagner, showing NCLB lesions. NCLB causes these dark tan, cigar shaped lesions that often begin on the lower leaves…
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Base Acres to Reach the Peanut Payment Limit

Most local peanut farmers are aware that under the new farm bill they are subject to a $125,000 dollar payment limit.  Here is a recent article written by Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Economist, that looks at the PLC peanut program in more detail and explains exactly how much peanut…
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