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New Private Applicator Certification

The University of Georgia(UGA) has offered a free service to the state of Georgia for years. In the past, anyone involved in the production of an agricultural commodity could come into any extension office in the state and offer proof of American citizenship, a copy of their driver’s license, and an application…
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Wheat Foliar Disease Update

1.  Wheat Leaf rust. Leaf rust (Puccinia triticina = syn P. recondita) has been reported and identified in commercial wheat fields in Mitchell County and in Randolph County.  It is early on its arrival, but favorable environmental conditions for leaf rust development are developing or are now in place in the state; therefore wheat field scouting and monitoring should…
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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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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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Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat…again.

I have recently been finding some Fusarium Head Blight in some area wheat fields.  Its pretty rare to see this disease take hold multiple years in a row as the conditions that favor its growth are not very common here.  Its too late to do much about it now, but…
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Counter NOT Labeled on Cotton for 2015

Here are a few words from Dr. Bob Kemerait concerning Counter use on cotton. “I received official word from the Georgia Department of Ag that the EPA has denied our request to use Counter 20G on cotton.  (It is still legal on field corn.)  The reason given basically says that use…
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Septoria/ Leaf and Glume Blotch in Wheat

  Recently, I have been seeing some Septoria/Leaf and Glume Blotch developing in some area wheat fields.  Not every wheat field will have this disease so it is important for growers to scout their fields thoroughly.  Many wheat fields may be too far along for a fungicide treatment but there…
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