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Nutritional Considerations Going into Calving

Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientist, UGA Roger Gates, Whitfield County Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent, UGA Cooperative Extension This year has proved to be quite an interesting one.  Most producers were able to put up plenty of hay.  However, due to average to above average rainfall, a large proportion of…
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More Rain Less Harvest

As we approached November, growers made the comment that this was a season we were ready to put in the books. And then it started raining, and raining and raining. We’ve had a few sunny days since this picture was taken on Nov 19th. This is what Wilcox County looks…
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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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Righting vs. Removal Following Storm Damage

One of the most difficult assessments following damage from wind is whether or not to keep leaning trees. There are a few different rules that Dr. Wells mentions in the Southeastern Pecan Handbook. In Wilcox, we have downed trees representing many ages of pecans. This is a 7-year-old orchard of…
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Changes to Your GATE Card

Don’t throw away any mail you get from the Georgia Department of Agriculture it could be a very important password.   The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) is a program created through legislation, which offers qualified agriculture producers a sales tax exemption on agricultural equipment and production inputs. Qualified farmers and…
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Row Crop Update with Hurricane Arrival

Growers are in the field trying to get what they can. We’ve been picking peanuts hard this last week and a half in Wilcox County thanks to a little rain 2 weeks back. I really think we’ve got all of the early planted peanuts out of the ground and picked….
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Pecan Crop Maturity

Our pecan crop is finishing up in Wilcox County. I’m seeing shucks split all across the county. We are seeing some scab on the shucks now, the rain was tough on us this year. According to UGA Extension Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells, scab in some areas of GA was…
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