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Row Crop Disease Update (Kemerait)

Just a few “heads ups” this morning on what I am seeing or hearing about in the the fields now. The picture above was sent to me by Dr. Jared Whitaker and later he brough samples to Jason Brock in Tifton.  Young seedlings wilting and dying soon after emergence with…
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Mixing Order of Pesticides is Important (Prostko)

This is a friendly reminder that the tank-mixing order/sequence of pesticides is very important.  Got a call from a industry tech rep today about some mixing problems with Roundup PowerMax3 and Zidua SC.  You can see in the slide below that when the Roundup was put in the plastic bottle…
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Cotton Seedling Disease

We are in the third week of April, and a few Wilcox county acres have seen the planter rig putting cotton seed in the ground. As of April 20, 2021, our UGA weather station in Hatley, read a 4 inch soil temperature of 72.2 degrees Fahrenheit, but we are expecting…
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Pecan Fungicide Spray Programs and Frost Damage

We are in the third week of April, and hopefully the threat for a freeze has left us for the year. I have had a few calls in the past few weeks regarding concern for frost damage, as seen below, to some of our younger pecan trees. In general, it…
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Watermelons in the Ground

Our watermelons have been in the ground for about 4 weeks now. As of now, we do have runners in our earliest planted fields. We got lots of leaves. To me, there is alot of difference in this year and last year at the same time. Consultant Coy Harpe and…
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Pecan Update: Pre-Pollination

Catkin (male flower) production has been pretty heavy so far. A large catkin crop does not guarantee a large production of flowers, but most times we have heavy catkin production, we do have some flowers. I had the chance to look at many different cultivars this week. The first thing…
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When Should We Plant Peanuts?

It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about pulling the triggers on peanuts in the county. It does seem early, but believe it or not, soil temperatures from the Florida line up to Fort Valley were between 64.2 and 69.8 degrees last week! Of course, they will drop this week…
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Wheat Heading

I’ve been following our small grain crops in the county. We have wheat fields initially planted for cover back in October. This ended up being the best time to plant grain since we were soaking wet in November and December. These fields were treated for weeds, then sidedressed and they…
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Pecan Budbreak, Good Chilling

We are seeing budbreak now in our pecan crop. The first budbreak I saw in Wilcox County was on March 2nd. Budbreak is often overlooked in cultivar selection but can be very important. It’s because cultivars that break bud early tend to be more susceptible to a late spring freeze….
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Cotton & Peanut Winter Weed Burndown

Thanks to Worth County Ag Agent Bryce Southerland who wrote information on burndown leading to cotton on his blog at Worth County Ag News. It is the time of the year where growers are getting ready to prepare cotton land by burning down winter weeds in wheat/rye/oats cover crop. Cover…
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