UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

What is a UGA Extension Agriculture Agent?

An agent extends lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased research-based education in agriculture, the environment and communities.

They also help Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible by staying in touch with issues relevant to people in local communities.

Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens and Crop Lands

Ensure your soil is productive!  Get a soil test to determine the amont and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden and other crops.  There is a $6 analysis fee per sample plus postage.  The cost of postage depends on the number of samples that are shipped together.

Well Water Testing

Water from wells in Georgia is generally safe for consumption without treatment.  Some waters, however, may contain disease-causing organisms that make them unsafe to drink.  Well waters may also contain large amounts of minerals, making them too "hard" for uses such as laundering, bathing or cooking.  Some contaminants may cause human health hazards and others can stain clothing and fixtures, cause objectionable tastes and odors, or corrode pipes and other system compononents.

There are charges for water testing which include postage.  Contact your local county Extension office for more information on test that are available.

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  • Cotton Planting – Optimal Conditions Posted by Jennifer on May 9, 2018 Many growers are planting peanuts and some have started planted cotton. The weather has heated up and we have gotten very dry. With these conditions it is important to keep in mind the physiology of cotton.
  • 2018 Update of the Row Crops Costs and Returns Estimates (i.e. crop comparison tool). Posted by Brooke on May 2, 2018 2018 Estimated Relative Row Crop Costs & Net Returns 042018   The expected season average prices for the crops have changed from January (some up and some down). Fertilizer and fuel prices have increased.   Note also that these are price and cost estimates based on the row crop enterprise...
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Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.

Production Agriculture:
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
Pesticide Safety Education Everything you need to achieve certification and maintain the knowledge to safely and effectively make use of restricted-use and all other types of pesticides.
Sustainable Agriculture A collection of resources for those interested in production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and the community.
Ag Budgets and Economics Resources for production economics, farm management, marketing, situation and outlook, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
Farmgate Value Report Annual county-level reports documenting the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
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Home & Garden:
Soil Testing Ensure that your soil is productive! Get your soil tested to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth.
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
Household Water Quality Water quality has an immediate and a prolonged effect on the health of your household. This publication series contains basic information about home water quality and treatment.
Home Garden Publication Series Topics include garden planning, soil preparation, weed control, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and preserving.
Georgia Green Industry Professional Development The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture offers professional training and certifications for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam and Super Crew employee training series.
Community and School Gardens This Community and School Gardens blog is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension and other research-based resources.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources Whether you'd like to help protect the environment, teach your students how to avoid chronic diseases with healthy food and physical activity, or train food handlers in your cafeteria, University of Georgia Extension can help.