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  • We finally have some rain, and there are decent chances in the forecast for the coming week. I swear a 0.5″ of rain is better than 1″ of irrigation. Fertilizer: We have an interesting crop with May cotton blooming and June cotton just coming to square. Remember not to try to “catch up” with high…

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  • Pecan Update

    According to Lenny Wells, UGA Pecan Specialist, we have had one of the largest Desirable drops this year. This variety is well known to drop 40-60% of its crop in June most years. Many want to chalk this up solely to pollination (which does contribute in some years) and think we can get around it…

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  • It is a little dry and dusty out there, but the tropical system in the Atlantic has about a 40% chance of developing into a named storm. Maybe we will get a little bit of rain out of it. Peanuts: It is hot and dry, which increases our risk of Crown Rot while lowering our…

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  • It has been a while since my last blog post; it’s been a busy year, but I will try to get them out more often. I have a Remind that I send messages on. If you have not signed up, it is very easy. Send a text to 81010 and type @justinhand in the message…

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  • It’s been a while, but we’ve been rolling; it still is hot. Cotton: Spider mites have been the talk of late. I’ve probably fielded more spider mite calls this year than my previous years combined. Spider mites do like it hot, and it has been that. Most of the insecticides that we use for plant…

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  • We’re currently in the dog days of summer, and it sure feels like it. Peanuts: Nearly all of the peanuts I have been looking at are pegging, which means they are approaching peak water use. Now isn’t the time they need to water stress. With a majority of peanut acreage planted in mid to late…

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  • Now it’s hot Peanuts: The weather this week will be perfect for white mold on peanuts. In short rotated fields, I would likely begin white mold applications (along with leaf spot) by 45 days after planting. Everyone needs to be protecting against white mold by 60 days after planting. I haven’t seen any Lesser Cornstalk Borers…

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  • Here is some good information from Dr. Virk. Liquid applicators are commonly used to apply different fertilizer solutions, and similar to the sprayers, they need to be appropriately calibrated to apply the desired application rate in gallons per acre (GPA). While the calibration process for liquid fertilizer applicators is similar to the sprayers, the actual…

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  • It’s still raining. Corn: Southern Rust has moved across the Florida line into Georiga. It was found today in Grady and Clinch counties, so it is on the move. If you have sprayed your corn with a mixed mode of action fungicide, you should get around 3 weeks of control. We are trying to hit…

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  • Pecan Update 6/21/23

    Here are some pecan notes from Dr. Wells. This is the time of year when I begin to get asked, “What’s the Georgia crop going to be this year?”. That has always been a loaded question, and I have come to the conclusion that there’s not a lot of good found in throwing a number…

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