Wilcox County Ag

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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Watermelon Transplanting

We are starting to plant watermelons this week for most of our crop. Most plants came out this week. We’re finishing laying plastic through most of the week as well. For the melons transplanted a week ago, they are all looking great. Turner County Agent Will Gay, UGA Vegetable Pathologist…
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Disease In Wheat

Our small grain is booting now and starting to see it heading out pretty good in some fields. We don’t have much wheat for grain in Wilcox, but this wheat field in Dooly County was hit hard with powdery mildew on March 1st. Generally we don’t have to treat for powdery…
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