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  • Obtained from Fruit Grower News – written by Tom Ford – Penn State University (permission to share this info). As a horticultural crop producer, you are approaching your busiest time of year and the COVID-19 outbreak may impact your ability to source inputs, engage workers and/or operate your business in a normal fashion. While we…

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  • Unfortunately, after a year of limited yield, yet minor pest activity, this season is already becoming an interesting one. I have had several reports of thrips causing considerable “silvering” damage (see example below). With the severity and extent of the damage we have seen in certain places, I just wanted to alert everyone to this…

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  • With the relatively cool spring weather we have been having, the first large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is delayed this year compared to last year. Crawlers have already been observed this season and with the consistently warmer weather we have been having, the SJS development will speed up, so I anticipate the…

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  • These above 50°F weather makes for a lovely day, but the scale insects enjoy it too, becoming developmentally active above 51°F. That means it is a good time to nip these guys in the bud. For delayed dormant timing, apply dormant horticultural oil at a rate of 1.5% oil to water. It is recommended to apply…

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  • Flint Energies is inviting its agricultural members to its first-ever Agicultural Forum and Breakfast on March 13th, 2024 in Reynolds at the Co-op’s Headquarters. Doors open at 7:30 am for networking, with breakfast beginning at 8 am. Flint employees will cover the Co-op’s Load Management Program as well as Solar and Grant Opportunities. This opportunity…

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  • Hello everyone! We have a little more clarity on the chlorpyrifos issue. The EPA released an update on their position on chlorpyrifos on Friday, February 2, 2024, stating, “the Eighth Circuit’s mandate issued on December 28, 2023, finalized the court’s judgment and vacated the Agency’s 2021 rule revoking chlorpyrifos tolerances.” Further, they added, “since the tolerances…

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  • Good evening everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know that the 2024 peach guides have been updated and are now available online:  https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1171&title=southeastern-peach-nectarine-and-plum-pest-management-and-culture-guide The physical copies have also been printed, so look for those at your local meetings. In the mean time if you have any questions before then, please let me know. I’m…

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  • My last post had information about the upcoming peach update. We also have a listing of other production meetings in middle Georgia at Three Rivers Ag News. This is not unique to middle Georgia. All over the state County Agents have production meetings planned for their growers. The main benefit is for growers to get…

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