Tift County Extension Producer Updates

Peanut & Cotton Disease Update 6/25/2019

Environmental conditions continue to be favorable for the development of fungal diseases; we still have moisture and some afternoon storms and warm temperatures. Such will certainly favor the development of white mold and leaf spot on peanuts and continued spread of southern corn rust. All of our crops, and especially…
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Cattle Report 6/24/2019

I am going to start posting a cattle report for our cattle producers. Most of you probably know how the cattle market works but for some of you newer producers, I am going to give a watered down version of how the market works. There are two classes of cattle…
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Weekly County Update 6/21/2019

It’s been a busy week. Aphids are in our cotton and you may want to consider a treatment to give already stressed cotton some relief this year. Looks like the majority of peanut acreage has received some early timely sprays especially for white mold control. This is great! Keep it…
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Southern Corn Rust Found

Dr. Bob Kemeriat has confirmed our first southern corn rust in Georgia for this season. Late to arrive, but it’s here now and weather conditions are favorable for it to spread.  Only one field is known (Baker County) but it could easily be anywhere in SW Georgia. Any corn not…
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Pegging Zone Sampling in Runner Peanut

Peanuts have a high calcium requirement. Calcium must be available to the developing peg and pod in a water-soluble form in the pegging zone area. If you need to apply calcium (in the form of gypsum, landplaster) it needs to be applied at early flowering. Pull the sample slightly offset…
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Weekly County Update 6/14/2019

We definitely got some much-needed rain this week. I had just a tick under 3 inches at the house. I have some good information on Lesser Cornstalk Borers and White Mold in some post this week so be sure to check those out. Scott Utley found something pretty cool this…
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Lesser Cornstalk Borers in Peanuts

Lesser Cornstalk Borers (LCB) is one of the most damaging insects to peanuts. LCB is a caterpillar pest that bores into peanut stems, crowns, and pods. Feeding can reduce yield and directly increase the risk of aflatoxin. Right before this little period of rain showers that we are currently experiencing…
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White Mold in Peanuts

With very hot conditions the past few weeks and adequate rainfall and moisture right now, circumstances are right for an early white mold outbreak. You can begin your white mold program early, for example, using Priaxor at 45 DAP, perhaps even bumping the rate from 6 to 8 fl oz/A),…
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Weekly County Update 6/07/2019

We had an event yesterday that we haven’t seen since Mother’s Day, some type of liquid substance fell from the sky. It was quite enjoyable. Hopefully well get some more of the rain that is suppose to be coming in over the weekend because my millet isn’t looking too good…
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Spray Pecan Trees Now

Most pecan growers in Georgia have been stretching out their scab sprays over the last several weeks since we have been hot and dry with no rain at all for about a month now. In the absence of any scab pressure, this was the right thing to do but when…
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