UGA Extension Office

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Upcoming Events

Pesticide Update Webinars, February 27, 2018 -- 9 am to 11:30 am

Come join us at the Walker County Ag. Center located in Rock Spring, GA on Highway 27 for one or both webinars. These webinars are for pesticide license holders, both private and commercial. 1 hour of credit per each webinar. Please see flyer for details regarding which commercial categories are eligible to receive credit.

Northwest Georgia Pesticide Safety Training, March 16, 2018 -- 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

This program will take place in Cartersville, GA at the Olin Tatum Agricultural Building, Stiles Auditorium. Pre-registration by March 9th is required with a cost of $35.00 and includes lunch. 5 hours of Georgia pesticide license recertification credits in commercial categories 21, 23, 24, 26, 27,  and 41 and 1 hour for private applicators. 10 hours of Alabama recertification credits in categories AP, AQ, D&R, FOR, OTPC, OTPS, REG, ROW. 5 hours ISA certified arborist credit. Please see the flyer for the registration form. Contact the Bartow County Extension office for more details.

Cover Crop Workshop for Forage Producers, March 21, 2018 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This program will take place outdoors at the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center Floyd County Farm. Pre-register by March 16th. Lunch is provided. Please see the flyer for more details.

General Information

Testing Services

Soil Testing

Cost: $9.00 per sample

Instructions for taking soil samples (soil test kit flyer):

  1. With a spade, trowel, auger, or soil sampling tube, take a thin vertical slice of soil from at least 10-20 different places in the area to be tested. Mix thoroughly together, and fill the soil sample bag (provided at the Extension Office) to the "fill line". Two cups of soil is all that is required for this test.
  2. For row crops sample to plow depth; for lawns and turf and pasture surface 4" depth; gardens surface 6" depth; orchards surface 8 to 12" depth; and pecan groves surface 6 to 8" depth. For more detailed information on soil sampling guidelines contact your county Extension office.
  3. One sample should represent no more than 15 acres. If more than one soil type is present within sampling area, take a separate sample from each soil type. Avoid sampling high and low spots, areas along roads, old fence rows, fertilizer bands, etc. Sample problem areas separately.

Water Testing

Please bring a one pint water sample to the Extension Office for basic/expanded testing.

Basic Water Test: ($20) plus postage.

• pH • Hardness • Aluminum • Boron • Cadmium • Calcium • Chromium • Copper • Iron
• Magnesium • Manganese • Molybdenum • Phosphorus • Sodium • Zinc

Expanded Water Test Package: basic + more ($60) plus postage.

• Alkalinity • Conductivity • Saturation Index • Total Dissolved Solids • Silica • Nitrate-N
• Chloride • Fluoride • Sulfate • Phosphate

Feeds and Forages

Routine hay and silage: ($20) plus postage. Call the Catoosa Extension at (706) 935-4211 for more details on how to properly take a sample. Samples are best taken with a hay probe that can be signed out at our office.

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