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Fungal Diseases

This year has been very wet. We’ve received more cumulative rainfall than we did in 2018 and 2019 through July 1st. Rainfall creates good conditions for a number of different plant diseases. Let’s talk about fungal diseases. A useful tool for understanding why plant diseases occur is the plant disease…
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Nutrient Deficiencies

With plants in full bloom and summer going full steam ahead, I hope all the plants in your gardens and fields are a vibrant green. However, if things aren’t growing as they should be you could have a nutrient deficiency. Let’s talk about some of the common nutrient deficiencies, what…
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Japanese Beetles

The Japanese beetles will soon be out in full force. They are in west Georgia and will begin emerging here soon. They are a huge pest as they munch their way through your yard. Controlling them can be challenging because they are such voracious eaters. Let’s talk about some strategies…
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Black Bears

Black bears are out and about. While people enjoy having them around, it’s important to remember that these animals are wild. Interactions with bears are inevitable to a certain level, so let’s talk about what to do if you see a bear and the steps that you can take to…
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Weeds

Weeds are a common problem for any gardener. The problem with weeds is that they create competition. Competition for nutrients, water, and most importantly sunlight. They can also serve as a host plant for pests and diseases that you don’t want in your garden. There a couple of different ways…
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Late Freezes

A late freeze like the one that we’ve had here are damaging to agriculture in more ways than you’d expect. Some of the effects won’t be seen for several months. I think as humans we always want to know what’s coming next. We can’t know anything for certain. That is…
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COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and caused a change in the way we go about our lives. Today I want to talk about the impact that it is having on agriculture. Every one of us must eat, making agriculture one of the most important sectors of our economy. Agriculture is…
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Tomato Growing

Tomatoes are one of the most common vegetables in home gardens. They are great on a sandwich or eaten like an apple. You can can them and use them in all different recipes. My favorite is a fried green tomato. Tomato growing is rewarding and delicious. Tomatoes are unique in…
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Composting

I think that more of us find ourselves eating at home during this time. More eating at home means more kitchen scraps that can be used for composting. Compost is a welcome addition to any garden. It’s a popular and effective method to improve the quality of your soil. It…
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Still Here

This week I want to talk about the crisis that we are in. I am sure that everyone knows about Governor Kemp’s order to shelter in place. In this time of crisis, many organizations have had to reorder the way that they operate. The same has been true for myself…
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