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Jeff Cook

About Jeff Cook

County Agriculture Agent in Taylor & Peach Counties, and Area Peach Agent. B.S. Plant Pathology, UGA. Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management, UGA.

Macon County Cooperative Extension

The Macon County Cooperative Extension Office is looking for a new Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent.  Many of you know that Erin (Churchill) Forte got married this summer and left us so we are looking for someone to fill that position. 
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Insect Update

This time of year it is important to be scouting fields for insects and the damage they cause in our agronomic crops.  Crops like peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans and sorghum can all be attacked by insect pests that can decrease yields
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Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

Damage from the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot is very prevalent across the middle Georgia area as of today.  It seems that as you move south and east of Taylor County damage is less severe.
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Focus on White Mold

Bob Kemerait, UGA Plant Pathologist, sends us nice updates on what diseases are occurring across the state in our Agronomic crops.  he also updates us on any other events going on in his life.  His recent email reminded me that we really need to stay on top of white mold. …
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I Lied

I said that the 18th of April was the last chance to get certified to purchase and use the new dicamba and 2,4-D technology for 2019, but it looks like the Georgia Department of Agriculture is giving you one last chance.
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Sunflowers

No we don’t produce many sunflowers  for folks to snack on or for the oil, but we do feed a pile of doves annually with this crop.  Wild sunflowers are native to the North America, but commercialization of them took place in Russia.  Early native Americans used the seed to…
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Your Last, Last, Last Chance

There have been 29 Using Pesticides Wisely Trainings conducted by UGA Cooperative Extension across the state beginning with the Cotton Commission Meeting at the end of January.  If you missed all of them you are in luck.  There is one more being offered tomorrow in Tifton at the UGA Tifton…
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Cotton Blue Disease

Jared Whitaker shared this information about a new cotton disease. In the fall of 2018, Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus (CLRDV) was confirmed to infect cotton in 14 South Georgia counties.  This virus is vectored by aphids and associated with Blue Cotton Disease (CBD) which causes symptoms of including leaf curling,…
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