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Saving Water
Saving Water Extension water programs help reduce water usage on farms, in landscapes. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 3/19/2020
Solar Workshop
Solar Workshop A new workshop will help Georgia landowners navigate solar energy options. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain | Published: 3/3/2020
Grape Workshops
Grape Workshops Classes designed specifically for Georgia grape growers. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 2/27/2020
Record Rainfall
Record Rainfall UGA weather stations experience top five wettest Februaries on record. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox | Published: 2/26/2020
Beyond Hemp
Beyond Hemp UGA horticulture experts offer advice on growing medicinal herbs in landscapes and gardens. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/20/2020
Toews will succeed retiring West
Toews will succeed retiring West UGA Entomologist Michael Toews will take over as assistant dean of UGA Tifton campus in March. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers | Published: 2/13/2020
Pollinator Plants
Pollinator Plants UGA Extension and UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia build pollinator protection coalition. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers, Merritt Melancon, Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/4/2020
San Jose Scale
San Jose Scale Early springlike temperatures could mean more pests in peach orchards this year. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers, Merritt Melancon, Maria M. Lameiras, Emily Cabrera | Published: 2/4/2020
Wine Producers Conference
Wine Producers Conference Chateau Elan hosts Georgia Wine Producers for annual conference. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers, Merritt Melancon, Maria M. Lameiras, Emily Cabrera, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 1/29/2020
Sketchy Weather
Sketchy Weather Many Georgia fields are wet but drought can reappear at any time. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers, Merritt Melancon, Maria M. Lameiras, Emily Cabrera, Sharon Dowdy, Emily Cabrera | Published: 1/29/2020
Tomato Ancestry
Tomato Ancestry Today's tomatoes are the result of two seperate domestication events. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers, Merritt Melancon, Maria M. Lameiras, Emily Cabrera, Sharon Dowdy, Emily Cabrera, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/8/2020
Wintergreen 2020
Wintergreen 2020 Wintergreen Horticultural Trade Show and Conference will be held Jan. 21-23. By Sharon Dowdy, Chad Cain, Sharon Dowdy, Pam Knox, Maria M. Lameiras, J. Faith Peppers, Merritt Melancon, Maria M. Lameiras, Emily Cabrera, Sharon Dowdy, Emily Cabrera, Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 1/11/2020
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Extension Publications
  • Equine Parasite Control: Moving Beyond Rotational Deworming (C 1193) Parasite resistance is an increasing problem in livestock species, including horses. Equine deworming practices have historically involved a six-week rotational deworming schedule. However, these practices have led to parasite resistance to many of our available dewormers. This publication addresses the current recommendations for deworming based on fecal egg counts, including why parasite resistance is increasing and how and when to assess fecal egg counts in horses.
  • Trap Cropping for Small-Market Vegetable Growers (C 1118) Trap crops are sacrificial plants that can draw damaging insects away from valuable crops. Small-market growers, as well as homeowners, are experiencing greater pressure to produce quality vegetables due to increasing insect activity. There is also concern among both growers and the public about environmental sensitivity. This publication introduces the effective and environmentally friendly use of trap crops as an alternative to controlling damaging insects in the vegetable garden.
  • Considerations for the Small Market Vegetable Producer (C 1090) Growing vegetables as either a part-time or full-time enterprise can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Not only can you produce fresh food for your own table, you can provide supplemental income to your family’s budget. While that may sound great, there are several considerations to bear in mind before you jump into this endeavor. Items to consider before becoming a small market grower include time commitment, capital, available resources, licensing, insurance, taxes, and marketing. This publication is intended for general use audiences, including farmers and those considering entering small market vegetable production.
  • Management of Insects for Vegetable Production in Georgia, Part 2: Whiteflies (C 1172) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZuRBADMaVg
  • Best Practices: Animal Intrusion in Specialty Crops (C 1170) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXo-eSyP-8E
  • Methods of Irrigation Scheduling for Vegetable Production (C 1181) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmj_7_FfZUA
  • Selecting a Tiller for the Home Garden (C 1182) Most gardeners realize that they must manipulate the soil in their garden to successfully grow vegetables. Whether by hand, with a shovel, or a mechanical piece of equipment, tilling is an important practice for reducing compaction and mixing organic amendments into the soil. While smaller gardens and most raised beds can be turned with hand tools, larger gardens may require more sizable equipment. One of the home gardener's most useful tools is a mechanical tiller.
  • Growing Bigleaf Hydrangea (C 973) Bigleaf hydrangea, also called French, Japanese, or snowball hydrangea, is a landscape plant. Bigleaf hydrangea can be transplanted to the landscape for repeat blooms each year.
  • Establishing a Pecan Orchard (B 1314) A well-planned, organized orchard will be more efficient, require less input and offer larger potential returns. Select the orchard location based on its soil type, drainage, water table and land topography. Straight rows in planted orchards make maintenance, irrigation and harvest easier. Tree growth and spacing requirements can also be anticipated for the early planting and subsequent orchard thinnings.
  • Drip Irrigation Checklist: Winterization (C 1094) This publication addresses winterization of a drip irrigation system. The circular includes information about winterization timing, components of a drip system, precautions to take when servicing a drip system, and a quick reference run-down to the winterization process.
  • Fertilizing the Home Garden (C 1179) This publication covers the basics of how to correctly fertilize the home vegetable garden. It discusses the differences between organic and synthetic fertilizers and the advantages and disadvantages of both. The circular also includes information about the importance of soil testing along with detailed instructions for fertilizing a new garden as well as more established vegetables.
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