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Blueberry Blog

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Blueberry Integrated Pest Management Field Day Posted by Ash Sial on Mar 29, 2019

Disease management recommendations following 2019 freeze damage Posted by Jonathan Oliver on Mar 8, 2019 Following recent freezes in the Georgia blueberry production region, the threat exists for subsequent damage from fungal pathogens. On tissues already damaged by freezes, two fungal pathogens of particular concern are Botrytis and Botryosphaeria.  In addition, root zone saturation from overhead freeze protection/subsequent rainfall can lead to issues with Phytophthora...
Captan Fungicide Review Process Posted by Jonathan Oliver on Feb 28, 2019 Captan is under a draft risk assessment in the registration review process and the deadline to submit comments was extended to March 15, 2019. You can submit your comments at this link. We appreciate your supporting comments on the benefits of captan – its role in disease management and in fungicide...
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Cotton Blog
Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Mar 11, 2019 By Don Shurley and Yangxuan Liu Download the PDF version of the factsheet MFP (Market Facilitation Program) Payments USDA announced last July that it would act to assist farmers damaged by tariffs and reduced exports.  In September, the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was initiated and the signup began.  MFP payments...
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...
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Peach Blog
Abound and Apples — Phytotoxicity Issues Posted by pbrannen on Apr 17, 2019 Some of our peach producers also produce apples.  Abound fungicide has significant phyto issues on apples (see below from the label).  With my previous post on blossom blight, you can substitute Merivon or Pristine for Abound when controlling early-season green fruit rot — if you want to also use the...
Blossom Blight and Suggested Spray Plans Posted by pbrannen on Apr 11, 2019 As many of you know, blossom blight is prevalent this year.  It is not present on all peach varieties to the same degree, but many varieties are inundated with Monilinia fructicola (brown rot) spores on the blooms, many of which are gummed and forming cankers.  In some cases, the cankers...
Farmer of the Year Posted by Jeff Cook on Mar 21, 2019 2019 will be the 30th Anniversary of Swisher International and the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition to have the honor to salute the agricultural community and industry with the Swisher Sweets / Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award. In the previous 29 years, many of agriculture’s top business leaders, innovators,...
Update from the field – Plum curculio activity Posted by Blaauw on Mar 18, 2019 Today, March 18, 2019, we collected our first plum curculio of the season in one of our traps in Byron, GA. While we only found two, this indicates that plum curculio are becoming active in middle Georgia peaches. If you have varieties at or near petal fall, it is time...
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Peanut Blog
2019 Thrips Preview Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 Every spring I post an article on this blog about early season thrips management in peanut. The most important difference between 2019 and the previous five years is probably the economic situation of Georgia’s farmers after hurricane Michael and the almost continuous rain that fell though the 2018 harvest season....
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...
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Pecan Blog
Presentations from 2019 Pecan Beginners Class Posted by Lenny Wells on Apr 17, 2019 Thanks to everyone who attended the Pecan Beginners Class yesterday in Tifton. We hope the information presented was useful to all. The presentations from the event can be viewed at the link below: http://pecans.uga.edu/resources/presentations/pecan-beginners-classes.html  
New Extension Publication on Herbicide Injury of Pecan Posted by Lenny Wells on Apr 8, 2019 Herbicide drift injury is a problem many pecan growers unfortunately have to deal with each year. See the link below for a new pub on how to handle this situation and the appearance of damage symptoms from certain herbicides. https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/C%201146_1.PDF  
Example Pecan Fungicide Program and When to Start Spraying Posted by Lenny Wells on Apr 1, 2019 I get requests each year to provide an example of a fungicide program for pecans. DMI/Stobilurin mixes include Absolute, Brixen, Custodia, Quilt, Top Gard EQ, and Amistar Top (used to be called Quadris Top). Use Amistar Top only during extreme pressure. You could also make your own DMI/Strobi mix, sometimes...
Georgia Pecan Growers Association Annual Conference March 26 & 27 Posted by Lenny Wells on Mar 18, 2019 Just a reminder that the Georgia Pecan Growers Association Annual Conference will be held March 27, 2019 at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton. The agenda and other information can be found on the GPGA website here. In lieu of the Pre-Conference Ponder Farm orchard tour this year, we will...
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Strawberry Blog
Anthracnose Outbreak Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 Anthracnose is prevalent in strawberry plantings at this time.  As mentioned in the last post, I am concerned about resistance.  If you identify anthracnose in your planting, have it tested for resistance to the QoI (strobilurin) chemistry class (Abound, etc.).  While you wait for test results, apply Switch + Captan...
Anthracnose Resistance Development Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 We are observing significant anthracnose epidemics in Georgia strawberries at this time. Unfortunately, we have determined that the anthracnose fungus has developed resistance to the strobilurin (quinone outside inhibitor; FRAC 11) class of fungicides (e.g. Abound, Pristine). This is resulting in extensive disease, as spraying these materials provides no or...
Paraquat Applicators Certification Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 If you didn't never got a trophy, plaque or certificate growing up we are going to take care of you this growing season.
Disease and Insect Management When we Uncover Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 Because of the warm February temperatures our strawberry crop was advancing fast.  That is why most of it is under covers as I type this post.
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Vegetable Blog
Onion Downy Mildew Update Posted by Dutta on Mar 22, 2019 Here are some important points to consider while managing downy mildew of onion: Question:   “I found some downy in my onions today.  It has been sunny, clear, and low humidity all week long.  I thought downy liked humid, wet, cloudy weather.  Why am I seeing it?” Response:  Yes, you are...
Onion Downy Mildew Confirmed in Toombs County Posted by Dutta on Feb 28, 2019 We have confirmed Downy Mildew of Vidalia Onion today in the growing region today.  I am urging growers to please take precautions and protect their crop from this disease! Here are your control options, based on the most recent (2018) UGA research data.  I want to provide some options and how...
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    
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Viticulture Blog
Connect and Trade with the new Grape and Wine Forum Posted by markhoffmann on Apr 19, 2019 The brand-new Grape and Wine Forum (Grape and Wine Forum) is a direct outcome of 2018 discussions with grower groups in North Carolina. It’s open to all growers in the Southeast and it’s free to use. The forum is set up to be used to trade your produce, farm and...
Viticulture Workshop at Surry Community College, April 17th Posted by markhoffmann on Apr 15, 2019 Pesticide Credits Available Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:00AM-3:30PM Surry Community College, SBVE Building 630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC Pre-Registration Required- Follow the Link Below Registration Fee (includes lunch): $25/person Agenda 10:00 AM – Introduction – NCWA Board Past President Mark Friszolowski 10:05-11:00 AM – Wayne Mitchem/NCSU- Herbicide options for...
Sparkling Wine Production Conference Details and Registration Posted by Cain on Apr 15, 2019 The 2019 Georgia Sparkling Wine Production Conference will take place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on May 22 at Wolf Mountain Vineyards (180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533). Thanks to Brannon, Karl, and their staff for hosting us.   We are fortunate to have national and local experts...
Small Fruits News, Vol. 19, No. 2 available now Posted by Cain on Apr 9, 2019 Please see the following link to view the newest installment of Small Fruits News (Vol. 19, No. 2), 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-Issue2     Of...
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