Wilcox County Ag

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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Rye Getting Away

Earlier this week, we were looking at this rye that has headed out across the field. This is often typical of our rye getting away from us. You can see cold injury on the leaves and on the heads. We were thinking that our dry November and December has put…
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One Week After Cold

The coldest we got was 19 degrees the night of Jan 2nd. It’s mostly been an issue of keeping our irrigation pipes from freezing. We’re now seeing cold injury on some plants now that it’s been a week past. I have yet to look at our oats for grain, but I’ve…
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Small Grain Needs Rain

Today we were looking at triticale and oats. We looked at fields grown for grain and grazing. He made a comment about something I observed earlier this week in small grain: some small grain is showing obvious symptoms of drought when others are not. We are needing rain pretty bad…
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Bird Cherry-Oat Aphids

This is a wide blade Triticale 342 planted for grazing. It resembles that of oats. They are looking good this week despite no rain. As I was looking at this field for weed control issues, I noticed a few bird cherry-oat aphids. There are about 5 species of aphids present in…
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