Agriculture & Natural Resources
Testing & Sampling Procedures
We provide testing for:
- Soil analysis
- Water quality
- Feed & forages
- Pesticides & hazardous waste
- Plant tissue analysis
- Radon Gas
Prices vary depending on the type of test needed. There is also a $2 postage charge on all samples submitted by our office. Please contact our office (706-453-2083) for more information.
Forage Pest Update
Bermudagrass Stem Maggot
1) Large infestation give a field a dull or frost damaged appearance. Affected leaves are easily pulled out of their sheath on individual plants with damage.
2) Once a stand is 6 inches or taller and has been damaged it should be harvested. Stands beyond this stage are unlikely to generate more forage until damaged portions are removed and total plant height is reduced to 3-4 inches to promote regrowth.
3) 2 treatments are normally required to reduce production losses.
BSM: (Latest control recs:
Fall Army Worm
Again to this point and to my knowledge these have not been reported within the county. When and if that time does come please keep in mind three important factors:
1) What stage your forage crop is in? Is it far enough along that your most economical control option is to harvest the forage? If you do use a chemical control method what is the associated post-harvest withdrawal and how will the extra time change your forage quality?
2) What size are the caterpillars? If they are less than .5 inches a growth regulator can be an effective tool to provides some residual. If they are over .5 inches a contact kill is your best option.
3) Application timing is an important factor? If worms are most active on cloudy days and during the cooler time periods of the day these are the times where your pesticide applications offer the most benefit.
FAW: (Latest control recs: http://georgiaforages.caes.uga.edu/documents/caterpillarpestsinpasturesandhay.pdf
FAW Control Options: Active Ingredients
CONTACT KILL & INGESTION
• carbaryl (Sevin)
• cyfluthrin (Baythroid)
• lambda-cyhalothrin (Karate)
• zeta-cypermethrin (Mustang Maxx)
• spinosad (Tracer, Blackhawk)
• chlorantraniliprole (Prevathon)
GROWTH CYCLE REGULATORS
• Diflubenzuron (Dimilin)
• Methoxyfenozide (Intrepid)
On Tuesday, September 19, 2018, the Greene County Extension Office will serve as a remote site for UGA’s Getting The Best of Pests webinar series.
The Session take place in our conference room and will run from 8am to 10:45 am. This series is designed to help keep commercial and private applicators up to date on current pesticide practices and allow them an opportunity to gain credits.
The seminar topics for September 19th will be: Don’t Let Scales Weight You Down!; presented by Dr. Juang Chong, Pee Dee Research and Education Center, Clemson University, Florence, SC, and
The Effects of Urban Landscapes on Tree Pests and Cultural Strategies to Manage Them; presented by Dr. Adam G. Dale, Entomology & Nematology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
2 hours of pesticide credit will be offered for categories: 21, 24, 27, 31, 35. 2 hours of Credit will also be offered for private applicators.
The registration fee for this class is $10 and includes a light breakfast. If you would like to sign up, please contact us at (706)453-2083 by Friday, September 14th to be placed on the list.
Aug 30 Forage & Grazing Management Field Day Material covered will include: Armyworm & Bermudagrass Stem Maggot Control and No-till Drill Calibration & Seed Selection, presented by Dennis Hancock, UGA; Fencing and Brace Construction, presented by Shane Moore; and Temporary Fencing Options for Managed Grazing and Rainfall Simulator Demonstration, presented by Philip Brown, NRCS. Greensboro, GA
Complete the form below to register for an Upcoming Event or call 706-453-2083.
Memberships & Classes
- Greene Area Cattlemen's Association
Next Meeting September 7, 2017
Pesticide credits may be available to attendees
Educational programming for area cattlemen
Contact: Jon Dyar (706-318-3042)
- Piedmont Area Poultry Association
Next quarterly meeting October 24, 2017
Educational programming for area poultry producers
Contact: David Daniel (706-453-2083)
- Greene County Livestock Association
Coordinates the Pro-Rodeo and 3 Junior Rodeos at the Expo Center next to the Extension Office.
Contact: Charles Crumbley (706-338-9000)
- Greene-Morgan Landowners Association