Wilcox County Ag

Row Crop Update with Hurricane Arrival

Growers are in the field trying to get what they can. We’ve been picking peanuts hard this last week and a half in Wilcox County thanks to a little rain 2 weeks back. I really think we’ve got all of the early planted peanuts out of the ground and picked….
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Early Leaf Spot… Late?

12Y peanuts are known for having some good disease resistance, and we plant a good bit of 12Y here in Wilcox County. They are real good against white mold, and leaf Spot is not too bad. Here is a great looking field of 12Y peanuts just below Abbeville that have…
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Areolate Mildew

The disease causing us the most concern in Wilcox County now is areolate mildew. It’s been discussed the past few years, and UGA is not sure exactly what yield loss will be. This and last week we are not only seeing it in some fields, but seeing it move up…
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Southern Rust Found in GA

Southern Corn Rust has showed up in the last week or so and is present in at least 3 counties. It is scattered through the state and could be present anywhere. Our corn in Wilcox County is pushing to the dough stage, but no quite there. When do we treat…
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False White Mold

  Yesterday I came across some mycelium in the peanut field in Abbeville that turned out to be false white mold. There are no BB’s or sclerotia present as in real white mold. Every year we see some of this in fields. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. UGA…
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Watermelon Disease Update

What a season it has been for our watermelons and cantaloupes. We are picking cantaloupes now and watermelons are starting this week and this weekend. Gummy stem blight has been the main disease we’ve fought this season, diagnosing it nearly every week for the past month or so. So far,…
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Row Crop Disease Update

Here is our corn in the field. It is silking now and may have less issues than any other crop right now. Sunshine is helping with pollination. Silks come out of the husks over 3 to 5 days. These individual silks continue to grow for about 7 days or until…
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Row Crop Disease Update

This is a really big week for us in the field, not only with planting but with rain and subsequent disease. We are seeing some seedling disease in Wilcox County but definitely less than 3%. Here is a row crop disease update from UGA Extension Pathologist Dr. Bob Kemerait: To…
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Fusarium Wilt of Watermelon: Second Phase

This has been a good week for fusarium with not much showing up. This is because our temperatures are increasing. However, UGA Vegetable Pathologist Dr. Bahbesh Dutta the second phase will come at fruit set, and that is where we are now. We are dry and the plants stressed at…
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Pitch Canker?

I got to look at some pine trees this week in Abbeville. I love being in the shade of pine trees when it is this hot and dry. These are 17-year-old longleaf pine that we are raking pine straw from. The description on the phone sounded like pitch canker, but…
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