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.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Treutlen County Extension office offers services to homeowners and farmers alike. In a small community, there are often needs that would go unaddressed if it were not for the Extension Office. One such area in Treutlen County is longleaf pine stand management.
After fulfilling the requirements of a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for longleaf pine establishment with the Farm Service Agency, a local longleaf pine producer contacted the Treutlen County Extension Agent. The producer was in search of a profitable method of longleaf pine self-management.
The agent informed the producer of the demand for longleaf pine straw. The agent discussed the importance of weed control in longleaf pine stands that are managed for pine straw production and informed the producer of both mechanical and chemical weed control.
Upon visiting the old field site of planted longleaf pines, the agent determined both mechanical and chemical weed control methods were needed. The agent first suggested mechanical weed control by means of a tractor and mower, followed by a chemical application of glyphosate at a 2% solution along with triclopyr at a 1% solution mixed with a crop oil adjuvant.
The producer informed the agent he owned all of the needed equipment for the task. The agent then assisted the producer with proper nozzle selection along with sprayer calibration.
The cost of diesel and equipment maintenance for the mowing and chemical application to the longleaf stand was $10 per acre. The chemical cost of glyphosate was $9 per acre and the cost of triclopyr with a crop oil adjuvant was $17 per acre. The cost for the producer to self-maintain the longleaf stand by mowing and a single chemical application was $36 per acre. The total cost for the 35 acre longleaf stand was $1260.
Managed longleaf pine stands in Treutlen County average $300 per acre per year in pine straw production, earning $10,500 on the 35 acre track. After deducting the management cost of $1260, the producer saw a profit of $9240.
By the agent educating the producer on self-management practices of longleaf pine stands and the demand for longleaf pine straw, the producer realized the value of managed longleaf pine stands.
4-H Youth Development
The Treutlen County 4-H prides itself on the 4-H motto, "To make the best better." We take pride in each one of our 4-H’ers and hope we can impact their lives where dexterity is shown throughout all aspects of their work.
Treutlen County 4-H’ers have participated in several community service projects where the world of work and play collide. During a “normal year” our 4-H’ers are usually seen at our local nursing home and assisted living center packing food bags for the elderly, handing out donated goods, or playing and singing a tune with the residents. However, due to Covid-19, many of our beloved events and activities were cancelled or postponed.
One event we especially missed was our 4-H Color Run/5K. The 4-H Color Run/ 5k began in an effort to raise money for our 4-H club. However, this event quickly turned into a fun community gathering where leadership and knowledge were gained. In 2020 since this event was cancelled due to Covid-19, our local community stepped in and donated money to our 4-H program. This enabled our 4-Her’s to craft together food boxes for patients at the Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center!
Family and Consumer Sciences
Although Treutlen County does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent based in the county Extension office, we strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions cover food safety, food preservation, dealing with mold and mildew, healthy meal planning, nutrition, family budgeting, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) resources and more. These issues and others are answered through a wide variety of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office and phone conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences agents from surrounding counties. Neighboring FACS agents often conduct programming that our county residents are welcome to attend. Our office can provide information about programming in surrounding counties.