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Blueberry Blog
Mummy Berry Threat is HIGH (as of 2/12/2019) Posted by Jonathan Oliver on Feb 12, 2019 Recent warmer, damp weather has led blueberry growers in the southern region of Georgia to initiate sprays for mummy berry disease. According to the mummy berry model developed by Dr. Harald Scherm (UGA), there is a HIGH RISK for mummy berry disease initiation in southern Georgia as of February 12th, 2019. ...
Mummy Berry Risk Remains Low (as of 1/15/19) Posted by Jonathan Oliver on Jan 16, 2019 In the southern region of Georgia, recent bouts of warmer than normal weather and earlier than normal emergence of leaves has led to the question of whether there is currently a risk of mummy berry infections developing. According to the mummy berry model developed by Dr. Harald Scherm (UGA), as of...
Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification, Monitoring, and Management in Georgia Blueberries Posted by Ash Sial on Apr 18, 2018 Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD spread rapidly across the United States. It was first found in Georgia...
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Cotton Blog
Deadline for MFP will be extended due to closure of FSA offices Posted by Amanda Smith on Jan 11, 2019 The original deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program was January 15, 2019; however, the deadline will be extended for the number of business days USDA FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends.
First Look at the Farm Bill Title I for Row Crops: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Dec 20, 2018 By Yangxuan Liu* and Adam N. Rabinowitz* Download the PDF version of the factsheet. On December 11, 2018, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill).  The U.S. House Representatives passed the same version on December 12, 2018.  The President of the United States is...
Implications of Hurricane Michael on the Seed Cotton ARC/PLC Selection Decision Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Nov 2, 2018 By Don Shurley and Yangxuan Liu Download the PDF version of the factsheet. We recently released a factsheet which compares between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for this year after Hurricane Michael. We conducted the analysis based on some representative counties in GA.  With the...
Preliminary Estimation of Cotton Damages from Hurricane Michael Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Oct 22, 2018 By Yangxuan Liu and Amanda R. Smith Download the PDF version of this article.  Hurricane Michael unexpectedly gained power and quickly grew into a Category 4 storm overnight, which made it nearly impossible for Georgia cotton farmers to prepare and respond. Much of Georgia’s cotton had been defoliated and was...
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Peach Blog
2019 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide Posted by Blaauw on Dec 17, 2018 I just wanted to let everyone know that the 2019 peach guides have been updated and are now available online: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201171_11.PDF The physical copies are at the printer as we speak and will be available early next year (so in a few weeks), but if you have any questions before then,...
Hurricane Michael, Peach Tree Damage, and Subsequent Phytophthora Root Rot Posted by Phil Brannen on Oct 9, 2018 This is largely a repeat blog post from last year.  I have changed the hurricane name, but otherwise, all remains the same. Hurricane Michael will probably move relatively quickly through Georgia, but I fear it will have substantial winds as it moves through.  It will likely cause damage to peach...
Court orders ban on chlorpyrifos Posted by Blaauw on Aug 15, 2018 Last week, a federal appeals court ordered the EPA to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days. While the threat of losing chlorpyrifos is not new and the ban is bound to happen eventually, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that our management...
Plum Curculio and Scale Update Posted by Blaauw on Jun 27, 2018 I posted last week about scale management, but I wanted to send out a reminder about scale and an update for everyone that plum curculio (PC) adults are also active in the orchards (see image above taken last week). In blocks that still have fruit, if you are and have...
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Peanut Blog
Insect Damage at Harvest Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 Very few things are as frustrating as delivering 5000+ pound per acre peanuts to the buying point and having them grade “Seg 2” because of insect injury, and when it happens there are usually a lot of questions. What caused it? Why did it happen? When did it happen? Could...
Conditions are Favorable for Southern Corn Rootworm Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 Conditions continue to be favorable for southern corn rootworm (SCR) development across much of Georgia’s 2018 peanut acreage. SCR is a pest that requires moist soil conditions, and we typically see rootworm infestations in fields with heavy soils and center pivot irrigation. The abundant rainfall in many areas this year...
27 July Peanut Insect Update: Potato leaf hoppers etc. Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 Insect activity is beginning to pick up in some of our Georgia peanut fields, and now is a really good time for growers who may not have a consultant or scout to get out and walk the crop. I have seen a mixed bag of caterpillars in my research plots...
It has been quiet; don’t fall asleep! Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 Insect pressure in Georgia’s 2018 peanut crop has been as low as I have seen since 2013. Several calls have come in over the last two weeks with folks asking what they are missing because it all just seems a little too quiet in the peanut patch. As we move...
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Pecan Blog
Tin Fungicide Under Review for Re-Registration by EPA Posted by Lenny Wells on Feb 14, 2019 TPTH or Tin fungicide (Super Tin, Agri-Tin) is under review for re-registration by EPA, who has some concerns regarding its use. EPA has a comment period open until March 15. Growers should respond with comments at the link below regarding the importance and value of TPTH as a part of...
Pecan Beginners Course Posted by Lenny Wells on Feb 13, 2019 The Pecan Beginners Course will be held on April 16, 2019 from 8:30am-4:30pm at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. See agenda below. Pre-Registration = $10. Day-of Registration at door = $15 Register here Beginner’s Pecan Production Course 9:00       Welcome                                                                                       9:10       Cost of Pecan Production                                                                        Lenny Wells, UGA Horticulture 9:30      ...
INSECT UPDATE: AMBROSIA BEETLES Posted by Angel Acebes-Doria on Jan 22, 2019 This is our first insect update for this year. It is about that time when we need to be reminded about ambrosia beetles. Why should you be concerned about these beetles? These tree boring beetles (Figure 1) attack many trees in the southeast including pecans. Although trees can recover from...
Georgia Forestry Commission Announces Debris Management Program to Include Pecan Orchards Posted by Lenny Wells on Jan 17, 2019 This is the best news I have heard for Georgia pecan growers since the Hurricane in October. On November 18, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 1EX, which provides emergency disaster relief assistance for cleanup efforts for timberland  and pecan orchard land in the 28 counties included in the Hurricane...
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Strawberry Blog
Frost/Freeze Protection Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 I know the groundhog said that we will have an early spring but we still have frost and freezes in a normal Georgia spring. Go ahead and get the row covers ready because it looks like we may have a roller coaster ride ahead of us.  In middle Georgia we...
Testing for Botrytis Resistance in Georgia Strawberries Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 We are already having Botrytis showing up on strawberry blooms.  It is therefore a good time to test Botrytis for resistance to the various fungicide classes that are active against this pathogen group.  Clemson University (Guido Schnabel) will once more test for resistance to Botrytis, but this will be the...
Early Season Fertility Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 Temperatures have been up and down for the southeast but it is still a little too early to begin injecting Nitrogen in most areas of Georgia.  The exception would be if you are growing strawberries in the lower coastal plain.  One thing that we all need to be considering is...
Strawberry Planting Season Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 Strawberries should be in the ground across Georgia so what is the next thing that growers need to look out for?  Pre-plant practices such as rotation, fumigation and fertilization all ensure our strawberry crop gets off to a good start.
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Vegetable Blog
New Information on Catamaran Posted by Dutta on Feb 4, 2019 Catamaran® is a combination fungicide which contains chlorothalonil and potassium phosphite. This product is effective in the control of specified crop diseases and also provides protection through activation of the plants’ natural resistance mechanism. Catamaran® is intended for use as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. When used...
Extension Publication on Chemical Nematicides for Control of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes in Vegetable Crops (by Dr. Hajihassani) Posted by ah68710 on Nov 18, 2018 Please check out the attached extension publication to learn more about chemical nematicides for use in vegetable crops. To access, please click on the link:   https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201502_1.PDF    
Hurricane Michael Update (Tim Coolong, Andre Da Silva, Bhabesh Dutta, and Greg Fonsah) Posted by Dutta on Oct 12, 2018 Damage to the fall vegetable industry caused by Hurricane Michael has thus far been significant for growers in Southwest Georgia.  Damage closely followed the path of the storm, with a line stretching from Seminole and Decatur counties up through Mitchell and Grady, Colquitt, Tift and even reaching fields in the Crisp county region.  Vegetable production regions near Lowndes and Echols Counties may have some loss but are expected to have escaped the worst of the damage.
Cover cropping for nematode management in winter (By Abi Hajihassani) Posted by ah68710 on Oct 7, 2018 Do you lay fallow your fields during the winter until the following spring? If so, consider planting a suitable cover crop for management of plant-parasitic nematodes during winter months. Winter cover crops are usually grown in fall and begin growing the following spring. Cover crops are a valuable strategy for...
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Viticulture Blog
Seeking “Winegrowers of Georgia” internship program hosts Posted by Cain on Feb 12, 2019 For vineyards / wineries seeking to host a UGA “Winegrowers of Georgia” intern this summer: This is a reminder to please email me an overview or flyer that showcases your vineyard/winery operation by March 15th so that I can share them with potential interns for their review. It is important...
Small Fruits News, Vol. 19, No. 1 available now Posted by Cain on Feb 4, 2019 Please see the following link to view the newest installment of Small Fruits News (Vol. 19, No. 1), a quarterly publication from the Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium. Small Fruits News is made possible through the collaborative efforts of specialists from southeastern US land grant universities. Vol19-Issue1   Of note...
Georgia Wine Producers seeks to hire an Executive Director Posted by Cain on Feb 1, 2019 The Georgia Wine Producers is seeking to hire an Executive Director to lead their mission. Find out more about the position here: www.georgiawineproducers.org/news/2019/1/29/georgia-wine-producers-seeks-executive-director?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=5c51240f085b410001af8ad5&ss_email_id=5c5126cf364ad5000112a73c&ss_campaign_name=Georgia+Wine+Producers+Seeks+Executive+Director&ss_campaign_sent_date=2019-01-30T04%3A23%3A46Z
Learning opportunities for dormant grapevine pruning Posted by Cain on Jan 30, 2019 There will be several opportunities to learn about effective dormant cane and spur pruning throughout the region over the next month. I plan to be at all of these events to teach and address pruning questions. Please come on out to improve your pruning knowledge and skills.   1 –...
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