Wilcox County Ag

Early Leaf Spot… Late?

12Y peanuts are known for having some good disease resistance, and we plant a good bit of 12Y here in Wilcox County. They are real good against white mold, and leaf Spot is not too bad. Here is a great looking field of 12Y peanuts just below Abbeville that have…
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Corn Done

Our corn is done in the county and waiting to be harvested. The crop looks good since mid summer rains supply lots of needed water. New corn agronomist Dr. Reagan Nolan did a trial comparing fertilizer applied and nutrients taken up by the plant. It was great that he got…
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Slowing Down Cotton After Bloom

We’ve had good conversation this past week about plant growth regulators after bloom. It’s difficult to slow the plant down after bloom if we really start stretching. And our aggressive varieties, we’re on our third PGR. But I looked at some less aggressive varieties like 5007 that have yet to…
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Rain, Rain….

We’ve had so much rain for the month of July and August when we should be getting dry. It seems like every afternoon it’s raining at some point. It makes it difficult when we’re trying to put out fungicide on peanuts and pecans and plant growth regulators on cotton since those compounds…
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Foxtail in Hayfields

Across the state, foxtail in pastures and hay fields seems to be higher this year than in years past. The weather we have had this season could be the cause. Scout hay fields for this weed and DO NOT feed foxtail infested hay to horses, cattle, or other livestock. The awns…
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Areolate Mildew

The disease causing us the most concern in Wilcox County now is areolate mildew. It’s been discussed the past few years, and UGA is not sure exactly what yield loss will be. This and last week we are not only seeing it in some fields, but seeing it move up…
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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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Fight for Retention

We got another 3 weeks to produce a cotton crop, and the crop does look good right now. Some fields are cutout, but most fields are a few nodes below cutout. (We consider cut out at 3 nodes above white flower and the terminal not growing.) Growers are pleased with…
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Congratulations Wilcox County Farmers

This year many of our farmers were recognized for different awards, both state and national. We have so much diversity in agriculture in Wilcox County and many, many great farmers and operations. I wanted to put together a post sharing their work and our appreciation for our wonderful farmers who represent…
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PGR Rainfast

Cotton is moving along as many of us county agents were at the National Association of County Agents meeting last week in Chattanooga. It was raining up there about as much as it was here. This can cause an issue with our PGR applications as the mepiquat chloride products have…
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