Wilcox County Ag

Watermelons in the Ground

Our watermelons have been in the ground for about 4 weeks now. As of now, we do have runners in our earliest planted fields. We got lots of leaves. To me, there is alot of difference in this year and last year at the same time. Consultant Coy Harpe and…
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Pecan Update: Pre-Pollination

Catkin (male flower) production has been pretty heavy so far. A large catkin crop does not guarantee a large production of flowers, but most times we have heavy catkin production, we do have some flowers. I had the chance to look at many different cultivars this week. The first thing…
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When Should We Plant Peanuts?

It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about pulling the triggers on peanuts in the county. It does seem early, but believe it or not, soil temperatures from the Florida line up to Fort Valley were between 64.2 and 69.8 degrees last week! Of course, they will drop this week…
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Wheat Heading

I’ve been following our small grain crops in the county. We have wheat fields initially planted for cover back in October. This ended up being the best time to plant grain since we were soaking wet in November and December. These fields were treated for weeds, then sidedressed and they…
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Pecan Budbreak, Good Chilling

We are seeing budbreak now in our pecan crop. The first budbreak I saw in Wilcox County was on March 2nd. Budbreak is often overlooked in cultivar selection but can be very important. It’s because cultivars that break bud early tend to be more susceptible to a late spring freeze….
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Cotton & Peanut Winter Weed Burndown

Thanks to Worth County Ag Agent Bryce Southerland who wrote information on burndown leading to cotton on his blog at Worth County Ag News. It is the time of the year where growers are getting ready to prepare cotton land by burning down winter weeds in wheat/rye/oats cover crop. Cover…
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2019 Watermelon Weed Control

We are getting set to transplant this week and next. We have most of our plastic on the ground and it is much dryer this year than it was this time last year. We got some weed control questions and here are some things to look at: Transplant Small-Bed Mulch…
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Post-Establish Forage Weed Control

We have been looking at recently sprigged pastures this past month to determine weed control needs. We can use Diuron immediately after sprigging, but for most everything else, the pasture needs to be established. So, when is it established? Sprigging Bermuda There are a few ways to look at this….
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Cold for Blueberries

In the last few years, freezing temperature have hurt the state’s overall blueberry crop as these highbush have pollinated and produced a small berry that succumbs to cold injury. With cold weather this week our strawberries and blueberries had to have protection. Cold is not the only factor to consider….
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Monthly Board Meeting

I had to take a picture of these ‘buzzards’ on this irrigation pivot. It was like they were having a meeting one morning before they all went back to work. I sent this picture to UGA Extension Wildlife Specialist Dr. Mike Mengak and asked him about how we reference most…
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