Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
PEANUT FUNGICIDE TREATMENTS
Bulloch County planted 23,426 acres of peanuts in 2016 and had a peanut farm gate value of $23,607,992 in 2015. Peanut producers in Bulloch County battle the same diseases as do growers across the state. Leaf spot diseases and white mold require growers to use effective, foliar-applied fungicide programs to reduce severity and increase yield. The Bulloch County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent conducted a study in a white-mold-infected commercial peanut field in Bulloch County. All production practices, including fertility, weed, insect and disease management, were implemented according to recommendations from UGA Extension. There is a strong relationship between white mold incidence and peanut yield. There was a 937-pound-per-acre yield difference between the highest and lowest yielding fungicide programs. The difference in yield is attributed to dryland conditions and late-season white mold. This increase in yield applied to the acres planted to peanuts in 2016 totals a $4,115,655 increase in profits for Bulloch County peanut producers.
EDUCATION FOR SOUTHEAST CATTLE PRODUCERS
Livestock and forage production are a big part of the farm gate value of Bulloch County, representing approximately $20 million. In order for cattle producers to remain economically viable, they must stay abreast of economic and environmental conditions that have a direct impact on production and profit. This year Bulloch County hosted the UGA Master Cattlemen’s Program, which provided local cattle producers with the educational opportunity to gain the knowledge needed to be successful and sustainable. This is an eight-week course providing 16 hours of educational sessions on nutrition, reproduction, external parasites, facilities, herd health, biosecurity, forages, marketing/economics, sire selection and meat science. Seventy participants from 11 counties representing Georgia and South Carolina completed the UGA Master Cattlemen’s Program. These participants accounted for approximately 4,500 head of cattle and 20,000 acres of pasture and hayfields. After the course, one participant commented, “All speakers were informative and the information and knowledge gained will be very useful in our cow/calf operation.” Graduates learned how to become better cattle producers and how to make their beef operations more profitable.
Studies show that growing up in poverty is a great threat to the healthy development of a child. According to kidscount.org, 35 percent of children in Bulloch County and surrounding areas currently live in poverty. These children don’t have the extra funds to participate in extracurricular activities like 4-H summer programs. Bulloch County 4-H develops summer programs that focus on exploring a variety of topics and education in a fun setting. Bulloch 4-H collaborated with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) to offer scholarships to at-risk youth who wanted to attend these summer events, but could not afford it. The GSWCC grant of $1,000 allowed nine at-risk 4-H’ers the opportunity to participate in these events. These nine students each reported having a great time. Noah, age 11, said, “This week has been so much fun! My favorite was the dolphin tour on Tybee Island. I’m so glad I got to come!”University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.