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Bleckley County Ag Blog-Cole Moon
  • Cotton Update (7/28/23) Posted by caesweb on Jul 28, 2023 As we hoped, plant bug numbers have dwindled for now, and things have been relatively quiet in the cotton field. However, I have seen a few things that I think we need to acknowledge. Two-Spotted Spider Mites It seems that spider mite infestations in cotton fields are higher than normal this year. After conversations with […]
  • Row Crop Update (7/5/23) Posted by caesweb on Jul 6, 2023 It is no secret that most of the crop (especially cotton and peanuts) are behind thus far due to the excessive rain and unseasonably cool temperatures we experienced as we started the summer. I estimate that crop progression is roughly 10-14 days behind schedule. However, the last two weeks have definitely felt more like home […]
  • Row Crop Update (6/24/22) Posted by caesweb on Jun 24, 2022 The extremely hot and dry weather has brought on some unique challenges other than just inadequate soil moisture. Certain pests thrive in certain conditions, and we are seeing evidence of that in multiple crops. Cotton I am seeing isolated fields with two-spotted spider mite infestations in cotton. Spider mites are usually not a major issue […]
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Upcoming Events
  • Feb 9 - Mar 15 Journeyman Farmer Small Fruit and Vegetable Training Registration Open UGA Extension in Carroll, Haralson, & Paulding Counties are hosting a Journeyman Farmer Certification program that provides comprehensive training for beginning farmers. Registration closes on March 15. Class dates are listed below. The program requires a two-step training: Step 1 - Small Farm Business Planning-In person, Friday March 22 - 9 am until 5 pm. Step 2 – Step 2- Small Fruit & Vegetable Production In-person training (with required at-home, online preparation) Wednesdays, April 10, April 24, and May 1- In person 6:30PM- 8:30PM Step 3- Hands-on-Production & Intern/Mentorship Opportunities -By application, dependent on availability of mentor/intern farm and successful completion of Steps 1 and 2. Cost: $75 *Participants must complete Step One Small Farm Business Planning before participating in Step Two. For more information, contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 770-836-8546 or register by mail using the attached form.
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  • Mar 1 - Mar 4 NE District Jr/Sr Project Achievement 4-H Project Achievement
    • Eatonton, GA - (62.0 Miles)
  • Mar 4 2024 Equine Exchange: Behavior and Training The Equine Exchange is a monthly webinar that has provided practical equine management information for horse owners since 2022. In 2024, the series will follow a set curriculum of topics related to equine behavior and training. The program is at 12PM EST, virtual via Zoom, and is free to attend. It will be held the first Monday of each month with the exception of holidays. 3/4 Types of Equine Behaviors 4/1 How Horses Learn 5/6 Assessing Equine Welfare 6/3 Ethical Horse Training 7/1 Operant Conditioning 8/5 Desensitizing and Habituation 9/9* Introduction to Groundwork 10/7 Stereotypic Behaviors 11/4 Problem Behavior Resolution 12/2 Round Table and Expert Q&A
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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
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
UGA Weather Network
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
Pesticide Safety Education
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
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
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
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
Household Water Quality
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
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.
Soil Testing
Georgia Green Landscape Stewards The Georgia Green Landscape Stewards program provides fact-based information to help businesses and residences in Georgia implement sustainable green practices in their landscape.
Schools:
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.