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The Unique History of the Scovil Hoe Company

As many old relics are being thrown out the window in this day and age, I wanted to share with you a gift I received from my father 2 weeks ago. My father always uses a scovil hoe, which was given to him by my grandfather before I was born….
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Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon

Fusarium wilt of watermelon is a devastating problem for watermelon growers here in Turner County, and surrounding counties such as Crisp, Tift, Wilcox, and Worth. Fusarium has made its presence known over the last two weeks, with severe infestations showing up this week for sure. I would like to share…
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Considerations on Weather and Peanut Planting

Soil temperatures are currently 6 to 8 degrees from where we need to be. day time and night time air temps are spanning by up to 25 to 30 degrees. We have had several nights that dipped down to the low 40s. There are still some 40 degree nights in the forecast….
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Watermelon Update

I would like to share some things that I have been seeing in the melon fields over the last 2 weeks. Some of these photos are taken with my camera phone and hand lens and may be slightly blurry. However, many people ask about what I am looking for with…
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Pond Bird Phenomenon

10 years ago, I got into an argument with my college roommate about a bird many of you know as a water turkey. This roommate argued that a water turkey and a cormorant were the same bird. I am here today to tell you that these are actually two different…
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3 Common Questions

See questions below What is the mixing order for different formulations? Answer: From first to last: Wettable Powders—Dispersible Granules—Flowables—Emulsifiable Concentrates—Solutions. If you do not know what these formulations mean, I would encourage you to look them up, especially newer growers. If you understand these formulations, you will be able to…
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Improve Your Weather Knowledge and Forecasting Ability

In March, most producers are intently watching the weather for soil temperature and frost warnings, especially if they grow vegetables. Last week we had two days with some frost on the ground. grass was greening up and warm season weeds were starting to emerge. This morning there was a moderate…
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Nematode and Watermelon Considerations

The photo below was one I took in the past in North Carolina. It is shows tomato roots infested with root knot nematode.  These are all common questions that I am receiving at the moment regarding melon. If you have any other questions for me or you need my assistance, Feel…
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In-Furrow Peanut Decisions

It is time to start planning for peanut planting. There are some decisions that we have to make before the furrow closes. Many of you are asking me about in-furrow insecticide options. Below I will discuss differences of Velum Total and Thimet. Velum Total contains two AIs, imidacloprid and fluopyram….
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Burndown Considerations

Since many of you are about to start your “burndown” herbicide applications, I would like to provide a few tips on some troublesome weeds to make sure we are successful. The photo on the left is of a great  cover crop with triticale and clover. However, if you look really close…
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