Wilcox County Ag

Digging Peanuts

We are digging peanuts and if anything we could use a good inch of rain. Some places are getting pretty hard and growers will have a time trying to get these dug up. Peanuts that were bedded are having less trouble. The good news is that so far grades are…
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Garden Flea Hopper

I wanted to share some photos of an insect we are seeing more in our row crops and even some vegetables. It is called the Garden Flea Hopper and looks more like a tiny cricket. On the image below, it is seen on this peanut leaf. Notice the ‘stippling’ on…
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Harvesting Soybeans

We got to start on harvesting soybeans this week a little worried where Florence would go. Generally, we want to harvest soybeans when they are mature since we can lose quality or have issues with weather. The issue here is that the beans usually have too much moisture for safe…
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Mites Present in Pecan Orchards

Two weeks ago we finally started seeing some scortch mites in our pecans. Normally they start up in August, and we are treating them in orchards along with black aphids. Almost all of August went by and I realized I didn’t know of anyone who treated for mites. I talked with UGA Extension…
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Update on Hurricane Florence

This is the same week that Hurricane Irma came through last year. It looks like Florence may not impact us at all. Here is the most recent update from UGA Climatologist Pam Knox this morning: Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning just before 8 am near Wilmington NC, almost exactly…
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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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Peanuts Yellowing?

Lots of peanuts look yellow in the fields this time of year. We looked at these peanuts in the southwest part of the county this week that were about as large of a yellow spot as I’ve seen. It is not unusual to see a little Manganese (Mn) deficiency this…
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Peanut Maturity Clinics

I’ve already gotten started on checking peanut maturity, and the crop is looking good. Even though we’ve had lots of rain, some dryland fields are spotty – rain on one side of the field and not the other. Everything I’ve checked so far is 06G. The profiles look good and…
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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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