Tift County Extension Producer Updates

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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Scout School: Tifton June 10, 2019

Insect scouting schools will be conducted on June 10, 2019, in Tifton at the Tifton Conference Center/RDC. Crops to be covered include cotton, peanuts, and soybean. These programs offer basic information on insect pest identification and damage, natural enemies, and scouting procedures. The training will serve as an introduction to…
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Row Crop Disease Update 5/28/19

Sharing some notes from Kemerait. Justin and I are seeing the same. Punishing hot and dry weather will increase Aspergillus crown rot in peanuts and charcoal rot in corn and soybeans. Those could be real problems this year and there is little we can do to stop it. Threat from…
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Weekly County Update 5/24/2019

It’s hot, dry and looks like it will be that way for a little while. We have had several people call in with questions on hemp production. Here is our statement on hemp production until further notice. “As you probably know, the Governor signed the budget and one particular bill…
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Downy Mildew Alert!

Downy mildew  has been detected on cucumber in Echols County. These observations indicate that inoculum of downy mildew is currently in southern GA counties  and under favorable conditions  potential disease outbreak in cucurbit can occur. I would suggest our cucurbit growers to look for the downy mildew symptoms in their fields and start applying protective spray of below stated fungicides. Watermelon: Rotation…
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New Vegetable Irrigation Scheduling Tool

Irrigating is a simple application that helps users schedule irrigation events for vegetable crops. The application provides the crop water demand during the season (based on a historical weather data set and crop growth stages) for most of the vegetables grown in the state of Georgia.
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Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

The training will cover the standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and comanagement information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Training will be held June 26th at the Tift County Extension Office.
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