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Bleckley County Ag Blog-Cole Moon
  • Peanut and Corn Update (5/28/2020) Posted by Cole Moon on May 29, 2020 Corn Some of our earliest corn is at R1 (silking) stage and we have a lot approaching tassel as well. I have been looking for a few things in particular while walking fields: 1) foliar pathogens such as northern corn leaf blight and definitely southern rust and 2) stink bugs....
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Peanut Seed Quality Posted by Cole Moon on Apr 29, 2020 The following is from UGA Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Bob Kemerait:  Why are we so worried about seed and seedling diseases on peanut this year?  Answer: Seed quality and seedling diseases are ALWAYS a concern; however they are, perhaps, a more urgent problem this year because A) conditions at harvest...
  • Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments for Upland Cotton Posted by Cole Moon on Apr 22, 2020 With cotton prices as low as they are, it has triggered LDP payments for upland cotton. The Adjusted World Price (AWP) is updated every Thursday, but as of April 16, it was 44.78. The LDP is the difference in the AWP and the base loan rate of 52 cents. Therefore,...
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Upcoming Events
  • Jun 3 Backyard Fruit Webinar Series: Specialty Fruits This online short course provides an excellent opportunity to learn about growing various small fruits and tree fruits. Each session is designed to help you gain the knowledge needed to grow your own! The webinar coordinator will email you a Zoom link the day before each webinar session you register to attend. *This session shares focuses on growing Specialty Fruits (fig, pomegranate, persimmon, etc.)* - (173.0 Miles)
  • Jun 5 - Jun 6 State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl The Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl is held each June, and this year we will hold one state contest at the UGA ADS Rhodes Complex. Teams of either four or five members from one county compete in a game show type format and answer questions related to dairy subject matter. Play consists of double elimination tournament style matches where two teams compete at a time. https://georgia4h.org/programs/focus-areas/agriculture-stem/agriculture/livestock-and-animal-projects/quiz-bowl/ Athens, GA - (105.0 Miles)
  • Jun 5 INSURANCE: NUISANCE OR NECESSITY? Join us for a free, live webinar to learn about: risk management, different types of insurance, and commonly used insurance lingo. Athens, GA - (111.0 Miles)
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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.
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.