Wilcox County Ag

Grain Sorghum Heading: Scout for Midge

We have a good bit of grain sorghum in the county and some is starting to head and the rest has already flowered and moving to dough stage in the grain. This sorghum was planted after watermelons and looking great. These are 15 inch rows with two different plantings because of…
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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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Beneficial Insects

The worst thing we can do right now is add an insecticide just because we’re going over the field. I’ve looked a many cotton fields this week and am almost surprised to not see hits from stink bugs. I know there are some around, but pay attention to thresholds. Remember…
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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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2018 Stored Grain Protectants

Each year, UGA Extension Entomologist Dr. Michael Toews updates us on our stored grain protectants as we get close to harvesting grain. Here is the most recent news: Empty Bin Treatments Centynal EC – This is a good product for treating empty bins and elevator boots.  Note that the active…
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Summer Peanut Insects

I’m seeing quite a few insects in peanuts and we are getting damage from caterpillars now. This does not mean we are need to automatically spray. The first thing we need to do is scout our fields before we make spray decisions. There are still lots of beneficial insects out there…
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Dripping of Pecan Trees

I got a call yesterday about honeydew dripping on the windshield. This is a sign of yellow aphids in pecan. Yellow pecan aphids are smaller of two species of yellow-tinted plant lice that feed on the underside of foliage of pecan trees. The other species is called black-margined aphid that…
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Early Soybeans Blooming, What About Late?

Here is our Group 3 soybeans planted May 16th in Wilcox County that are blooming now. They have received more rain on the north side of the county, but also growing well with some sunshine this past week. We’re also working with UGA Extension Scientist Dr. George Vellidis on finalizing details…
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Thrips Populations Increase

We got a chance to look at many cotton fields on the west side of the county today. We looked at the oldest field  planted as well as many fields that are just now emerging. And all cotton we are seeing thrips, old and young. A lot of the damage…
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Beans Blooming: What Insects to Scout?

Our oldest beans in the county are blooming and we discussed insects we need to scout and potential nutrients. Lima Bean & Snap Beans Lima and snap beans are pretty much the same with insects at bloom. We just scout for caterpillars, stink bugs and thrips. For thrips, check blooms now. If…
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