Horticulture

  • Late Season Considerations

    As we enter August shell hardening is upon us for Pawnee and other varieties are only a few days to weeks behind. This means that for Pawnee we are shifting from nut sizing to kernel filling. As a result there are two things to keep in mind: 1) You should be about done with fungicide…

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  • Last year we received a grant from the Pecan Commodity Commission to plant a low-input pecan variety trial for long-term evaluation of scab in Southeast Georgia. The location of planting is at the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion Research Farm. I’m excited to say that we are finished with our initial planting and irrigation set…

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  • The temperatures over the Easter weekend dipped down a little further than forecast in a few areas in the state. April 3 saw the lowest temps of the weekend. While temps in Ft. Valley area reached 32, there were low lying areas that dropped down to as low as 26 degrees. UGA weather stations in…

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  • Bark Shedding

    Every year I receive calls regarding trees in which the bark sheds for no apparent reason. This understandably creates great alarm among growers. I see it most often on Desirable but it can occur on other cultivars as well. Usually the outer bark layer sloughs off  exposing the inner bark layer, which has a brown…

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  • Shuck Decline I’ve had a number of calls so far this week and the end of last week asking “when is it ok to turn off the water?”. You can usually cut way back at this point. The problem is that we are in a severe drought, which makes it very risky to stop irrigating,…

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