Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
4-H Youth Development
There are many people who own dogs and cats who have failed to realize their pets need to be vaccinated. This protects the animal from contagious diseases, and it is important to keep their essential vaccinations up-to-date. Although some pets are kept mostly indoors, many diseases are airborne and pets can easily be exposed. Convenient and affordable vaccines are offered through the Clay County Extension office as a fundraiser for the Clay County 4-H Club. Local veterinarian Todd Tabb donates his time and services each year in May to help make the public aware of the importance of pet vaccination and to offer vaccinations at a reduced price. We saw 44 clients and 71 dogs and cats. Dogs received combination shots that included distemper, parvovirus, influenza, hepatitis and rabies vaccinations. Cats received leukemia and Flovac four-way distemper vaccines and rabies shots. Combination vaccines were $25 for dogs and $36 for cats, and rabies shots were $11. The prices remain the same this year.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
For years, peanut producers have been longing for a growth regulator in peanuts. Many have tried the growth regulators used in other crops only to come away disappointed. Many producers feel that vine growth is taking away from the peanut plants’ ability to produce the highest potential nut crop. Now, Apogee has emerged as a growth regulator that may actually be effective.
In trials in Clay County fields, Apogee was applied to 18 rows by the length of the field and replicated four times. The rate used was 5.0 ounces per acre. The initial application was applied when 50 percent of the lateral branches were touching, and the second application was applied two weeks after that. This trial was then taken a step further to try to eliminate other variables that may affect the outcome. One variable we could take out was the planting date. Four more trials were performed across a single grower’s entire planting season.
Across all planting dates, the Apogee worked at controlling vine growth. It was very easy to pick out the treated plots visually, but at a cost of $50 per acre, would it prove worth it? The answer is yes. On the first planting date, Apogee outyielded the untreated check by 500 pounds per acre and had a return on investment (ROI) of $45 per acre. On the second planting date, Apogee again outyielded the check, this time by 100 pounds per acre, and had an ROI of $136 per acre. The third and fourth planting dates followed the same pattern, with the third being 980 pounds better and an ROI of $114 per acre, and the fourth 620 pounds better and an ROI of $54 per acre. Across the four trials, Apogee had an average yield of 775 pounds per acre better than the untreated peanuts and an average ROI of $87.25 per acre. This work has led to an additional 6,000 to 7,000 acres treated with the product. This is an increase in potential profit of $567,125 combined for those growers. Many more have expressed that they will use this method in the upcoming year after struggling with vine growth this year.