Wilcox County Ag

Timber Damage from Hurricane Michael

Thanks to the Georgia Forestry Commission for leading the way estimating our losses. Because of so much ‘severe’ and ‘catastrophic’ damage, the numbers changed quite a bit. They ranged from 1/3 to 1 billion dollar loss for Georgia. We are below a billion for sure. Those numbers are already hard…
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Longleaf Production & Management Field Day

Thanks to so many people, we had the best time Tuesday at our forestry meeting. This was a program we did before I moved to Wilcox County, and I was hoping we could continue it here. The county has 69% of our total land being in forested acres. According to the…
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Herbicides Considerations on Newly Planted Pines

We were out looking at longleaf pine seedlings established on a plantation south of town. They have just planted around 12,000 longleaf pines. They are planting at 720 trees per acre. The trees are placed 6 freet from one another and rows are 10 feet apart. This will allow space…
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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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Fusiform Rust

Here is a 10 year old loblolly stand with cankers on the branches. It is a bad hit with fusiform rust. This pathogen spreads by wind blown spores and goes back and with oak trees as an alternative host. Pine trees hit within the first 5 years normally kill the tree….
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Brown Needles In Pine Stands?

Wilcox County has so much land under forestry production. I enjoyed working with forestry in my previous county and keep my eye on the trees. As I’m driving paved roads, dirt roads and no roads in the county, this symptom of brown needles is almost every single stand and age…
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