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Plant Pathology

  • Corn Disease Update from Dr. Bob Kemerait Cotton and Peanut Issues In the last couple of weeks, we have made many field visits for cotton and peanuts in regards to plant stands. More seedling disease and seed rot, in some cases, have resulted from cooler temperatures and cool, damp soil conditions in the month of…

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  • Know Your Risk and Plan for It Planting of cotton and peanuts is still progressing in the county. Many fields have been planted already. We have been encouraging the use of risk models for peanuts for quite some time now, and there is also a risk model for cotton. Peanut Rx is available online for…

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  • Corn Disease Update

    Corn in the county is growing well and we have not seen many issues with diseases to this point. Worth Extension is participating with Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Plant Pathologist, in collecting sentinel corn samples to check for disease (on a weekly/biweekly basis). Some of the earlier planted corn is already tasseling and silking. It…

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  • Thrips and TSWV Management Reminders for 2023 – Dr. Mark Abney, UGA Peanut Entomologist Peanut planting time has arrived in Georgia, and that means thrips season is here as well. Many of the decisions a peanut grower makes at planting will affect the risk of thrips infestation and the risk of Tomato spotted wilt disease.…

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  • Peanut Update Peanuts in the county have really benefited from rains that we received earlier. Now, irrigation is back up and running in much of the county. In recent field visits, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) seems to be higher in general; there are many factors that attribute to risk of TSWV. We are planning…

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  • Now is the time to be diligent in checking for cotton pests. We have been monitoring spider mites and sliverleaf whiteflies (SLWF’s) for weeks now in Worth County cotton. Recently, both of these pests have increased enough to treat in some area fields. Also, this week we have noticed target spot in a few fields.…

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  • Well, over the last couple of weeks, we have received good rain through much of the county. It is wet in many fields, and growers are having to move around to get spraying done. Earlier planted corn has reached black layer, and later planted corn is nearing maturity. We have not confirmed Southern corn rust…

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  • Southern corn rust has now been confirmed in Wayne and Grady Counties, and as of yesterday, Brooks County, Georgia. Growers should consider protecting corn that has reached tassel stage through dough stage from this disease. We will continue to update growers on the progress of the disease. To view the current status of Southern corn…

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  • Row crops and melons are moving along, as we are reaching the end of cotton and peanut planting in the county. Wheat harvest got a good start, and slowed down when some of the rain came. Rains have been scattered and it is dry in most of the county at this time; many growers have…

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  • As of yesterday (June 1), Southern corn rust has been confirmed in Wayne County in Southeast Georgia on early planted corn, R3-R4 growth stage. As of today (June 2), Grady County also has confirmed SCR. At this time, we have not confirmed any Southern corn rust in Worth County. To view the current status of…

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