Wilcox County Ag

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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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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