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Plant Pathology

  • Southern Corn Rust and Soybean Rust confirmed This week has brought us the confirmation of plant diseases in corn and soybeans. Southern Corn Rust (SCR) was confirmed in Decatur County on June 4th and in Mitchell County on June 6th. Soybean rust was confirmed on June 5th in Telfair County and in Tift County on…

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  • It’s go time! Many of our growers are busy planting to finish getting the cotton and peanut crops in the ground. With all of the recent rains, field activities have been delayed. Below is a map from NOAA, which shows the last 30 days of rainfall for Worth County. We have had from 5 to…

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  • The 2024 Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance’s Annual Meeting and Cover Crop Field Day will be held in Americus, Georgia, at the USDA Jimmy Carter Plant Materials Center on Tuesday,  April 2, 2024. The meeting will start at 10 am with registration and conclude at 2 pm.   UGA Extension Specialists, Dr. Stanley Culpepper and Dr. Taylor…

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  • We are looking forward to more Extension grower meetings coming up soon. Mark your calendars for these upcoming production meetings! Pesticide recertification credits and certified crop advisor (CCA) CEU’s will be available at these meetings. *Please contact the Worth County Extension Office at 229-776-8216 if you plan to attend.

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  • Many situations are occurring in crops over the last week or two. Corn harvest has begun and is progressing well between some rain events. Cotton Update: A few more fields have reached the silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) threshold this week. This pest is starting to spread out further in the county, so keep an eye out…

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  • Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Peanut Pathologist If the growing season was like a football game, many of our growers would now be early in the 3rd quarter. Our home team is the “Peanut Crop” and today we would be playing the “Pests”, a team primarily composed of weeds, insects, diseases, and nematodes. The “Pests” tend…

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  • Crop Disease Update

    Southern corn rust and corn tar spot is present in southwest Georgia, but a majority of corn in the county is nearing full maturity, so the diseases should not affect potential yield. But, late planted corn should be scouted and treated if necessary. Conditions have been near perfect for diseases in peanuts and cotton to…

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  • As of yesterday (6/21/23), Southern corn rust is now confirmed in two counties in Georgia (Clinch and Grady). See the picture of the map below for the locations of southern corn rust. For current map status, go to: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/southerncornrust/. Growers should consider protecting corn that is in the VT (tassel stage) through the milk stage.…

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  • We have had plenty of rain throughout the county the last couple of weeks, so many fields are too wet for ground equipment and conditions are good for the spread of crop diseases. Following is a crop disease update from Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension Plant Pathologist: The mention of trade names in this blog…

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  • The peanut fungicide program is a topic that is on the minds of many growers that planted in late April and early May. Most peanut acres have been planted at this point, but those earlier fields are nearing the start of the fungicide spray program. A grower may ask, “How do I start my peanut…

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