This blog is dedicated to sharing timely and relevant precision ag information with county Extension agents and growers.

Author: Simer Virk

  • For peanut growers, timely and effective fungicide applications throughout the season are an important tool to manage and protect yield from diseases like white mold and leaf spot. Considering the recent rains and wet field conditions, peanut growers are likely already behind and may have missed few fungicide applications. Because of this, the importance of…

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  • Nozzle Selection for PWM Sprayers

    PWM systems are becoming more common on boom sprayers recently and there are increasing number of growers who are first-time users of these systems and need to make nozzle selection decisions for their systems. While nozzle selection for a PWM system is somewhat similar to the nozzle selection process for a sprayer without PWM, there…

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  • Similar to the weather conditions we experienced in May of 2019, the extremely hot and dry conditions this week is going to challenge growers to make some difficult planting decisions. Planting in dry conditions without adequate soil moisture in the furrow results in poor or reduced stands which in most cases translates to a significant…

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  • Assuming a center pivot is installed to the correct specifications, the efficiency and uniformity of this system will only deteriorate from installment forward. Flowing pressurized water over time will wear away orifice openings and splash plates. An example of worn out 10-year-old rotator plates is shown in Figure 1 below. When UGA Extension performs a…

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  • Generally, a thorough planter check before planting and regular in-season planter checks are recommended to avoid any planting issues or mistakes that can cause a significant emergence and/or yield impact. However, planter issues are common and sometimes hard to notice, especially for planters without a seed monitor. Even though growers (or agents and consultants helping…

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  • Like any other precision ag technology, planting technology has its obvious advantages but it also comes with the frustrations that every grower hope they can avoid at all costs during the planting season. Even the growers with very little technology on their planting equipment can relate very well to this topic. In fact, every grower…

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  • Spinner-disc spreaders are common application equipment for broadcasting lime and dry fertilizer. Both pull-behind and large self-propelled spreaders are widely used by growers and co-ops in Georgia. One of the most common issues we always hear about them is the lack of uniform fertilizer distribution, which is hard to miss when you see streaked fields…

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  • While the 2020 corn crop has been out of the fields for few months now, many growers are also wrapping up the cotton harvest and will be done soon. As the harvest season comes to a close, it is a good time to implement some best management practices to properly inspect and maintain harvest technology…

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  • Among all precision ag technologies, the yield monitor is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment that not only helps growers in evaluating different management decisions made throughout the year but also guides the crop management decisions for the upcoming year. Yield data from an uncalibrated yield monitor can lead to poor management decisions…

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