Wilcox County Ag

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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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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Thrips in Melons and Beans

Were seeing lots of thrips in the field this week and good questions about management. Our watermelons and beans have been a little slow growing with our night temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Here’s a look at some questions from watermelons and beans this week. Watermelons Hearing about thrips…
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Corn At V7

With our cool temperatures, growth has slowed us down a lot with our produce and corn. But this week corn is growing with warm days and sunny skies giving us some Heat Units. This corn is right at the V7 growth stage. Much of the yield is determined at V6….
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Thrips Monitoring 2018: April 18th

GA Extension Peanut Entomologist Dr. Mark Abney publishes information on thrips monitoring that he has across the state. This is from this week. It shows the increased activity of thrips, and recommendations for treating. Peanuts are being planted, and tobacco thrips are moving in Georgia. Trap captures increased significantly at…
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Mouse Ear in Pecans

These are first year pecans planted here in the county that are showing severe symptoms of nickel (Ni) deficiency, called ‘Mouse Ear.’ Mouse ear mostly occurs on very young trees. I first looked at this at a nursery in Thomas County. Once the leaves come out, the symptoms are easier to diagnose….
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Watermelons Running

We are just pretty much done transplanting our watermelons, and the earliest ones are starting to run some vines. The picture above are some transplanted a few days ago and below were transplanted the last week of March. UGA Vegetable Agronomist Dr. Tim Coolong came up to the county today…
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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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Does Anyone Know You’re Doing A Good Job?

Former County Agent in Seminole County, Rome Ethredge, wrote this article in Growing America. You can see it at that link, but I posted it below too. Rome was the agent I trained with, and the best person to ever know. I love the way he wrote this article as…
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Should We Plant Peanuts?

On this day (April 17th) last year, UGA researchers started planting their plots in Tifton. As a matter of fact, many were  planting in GA. Many growers are on ‘go’ now and ready to start, but we’re seeing lots of daily fluctuation in our soil temperature. This is NOT good…
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