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  • CROP UPDATE Earlier planted corn is mature and harvest has begun this week in the county. Hope our growers have a good harvest season as we get into it. It is still wet across much of the county, but field activity is hopping in fields that growers can run equipment. Many things are happening now.…

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  • Crop Disease Update – Notes from Dr. Bob Kemerait Soybean rust has been confirmed in sentinel plots in Tift County and Toombs County. Soybean growers with good yield potential should strongly consider spraying a fungicide if the soybeans are between R3 (early pod stage) and R6 (full seed stage). Conditions are favorable for target spot…

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  • We have been receiving rain from Tropical Storm Elsa as she moved through our area. Field activity has been delayed. Prior to the storm, many growers were making applications for weed control and diseases. While the rain has been good for our crops, we expect disease pressure to be on the increase. Growers should remain…

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  • Sample from July 7 through August 7 Now is the time for pecan producers to consider collecting leaf tissue samples. While soil samples are helpful for checking soil pH and determining any potential problems with competitive uptake between nutrients in the soil, leaf samples tell you the fertility status of the actual trees. Leaf sampling…

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  • Crop Disease and Insect Update Disease Update (Dr. Bob Kemerait) Southern Corn Rust found yesterday in Terrell County. This is a new detection moving slightly north; corn farmers in South Georgia have been dealing with this disease since early June, corn growers in north Georgia should be vigilant. Conditions now are absolutely perfect for southern…

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  • There are many growth stages of cotton throughout the county at this time, from emergence to blooming. Good soil moisture from recent rains and milder temperatures have our cotton crop growing. Some growers have already begun managing plant growth. As a management tool, plant growth regulators (PGRs) containing mepiquat are specifically used to reduce vegetative…

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  • The row crops are progressing nicely at this time. Recent rains have them growing well, and have allowed growers to slow down on irrigating. With rains, escaped weeds have also really jumped up in growth. Field activity is steady where it is not too wet to get in – side dressing, spraying, spreading gypsum, etc.…

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  • More rain is expected this weekend. Many field activities have been going on this week throughout the county – hay cutting, vegetable harvest, final planting and some replanting of cotton and peanuts, spray applications for weed, disease, and insect control. Cotton and peanut growth has really jumped following recent rains. Conditions are favorable for many…

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  • By Wesley Porter, Extension Precision Ag and Irrigation Specialist, UGA & David Hall, Extension Water Educator, UGA Similar to May of 2019 which was very hot and dry, we had some very hot and dry weather during May of 2021, dry enough that we had to apply some small irrigation events to our young peanut…

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  • Since the last update, we have gone from very dry to wet. Much needed rains have moved through the county over the last week. In visiting with growers throughout the county, it looks like we received anywhere from around 1 inch in some areas and up to 6 or more inches, and it is raining…

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