Wilcox County Ag

Winter Grazing Off to Slow Start

We’ve been looking at some oats this week, and they are struggling quite a bit. This time last year they were twice as tall in the field. Our biggest issue now, of course, is the rain. After 6 inches of rain in Pineview last weekend, we still have water on…
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Test Hay

This year has been a challenging year to make hay. I was a new county agent 5 years ago when we had a similar situation (even worse that year) and we ended up having a lot of cattle starving to death with a belly full of hay that was too…
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Armyworms in Hayfields/Pastures

I was in the hayfield today collecting samples of Bermudagrass Stem Magget for post doc Dr. Lisa Baxter. In doing my sweet net portion, it was obvious the number of armyworms present. To complete this project for Lisa, I had to visit the field for times today and sample each…
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Foxtail in Hayfields

Across the state, foxtail in pastures and hay fields seems to be higher this year than in years past. The weather we have had this season could be the cause. Scout hay fields for this weed and DO NOT feed foxtail infested hay to horses, cattle, or other livestock. The awns…
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Bermudagrass Stem Maggot….Out Early

We’re seeing “bronzing” of bermudagrass stem maggot around Wilcox County. This is typical of bermudagrass stem maggot. We’ve had reports of damage for over 2 weeks. I’m seeing damage from Pineview to Pitts to south in the county. It’s definitely showed up a little earlier than normal. Colquitt County Agent Jeremy Kichler has also noted it earlier…
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Controlling Thistle

We’re seeing lots of thistles in the pastures right now, and we got to get them before they get too big. Just last week, they were hard to spot. Now they are bolting and getting ready to flower. We have good options on thistle but the real issue is timing….
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Controlling Broomsedge

I’ve had a good number of questions about broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus L.) since I’ve been in the county. It’s interesting because it’s something we see all the time, but I’ve never thought about controlling it or what to do with it. Livestock will graze it when it’s young and green,…
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Summer Annual Forage

This is a longer read, but I thought it would be good to share from UGA Forage Team Member / Colquitt County Ag Agent Jeremy Kichler. Summer annual forages can provide high yields of good quality forage during late spring and summer for both beef and dairy producers. Most warm season…
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Grazing Overcoming Cold

Here is a picture of some cold injury on oats back in January. I’ve been looking at oats for grain and grazing across the county, and saw a good bit of cold injury. It was all of the sudden that everything just came out of it. This picture was taken…
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