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Cross-Commodity Management of Silverleaf Whitefly in Georgia (C 1141) Silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) is a major pest of agriculture in Georgia requiring management in vegetable and agronomic cropping systems to preserve yield and quality. Our greatest opportunity for impacting the severity of SLWF infestations is to minimize overall SLWF populations moving from one cropping system to the next. This can be accomplished with effective in crop management and timely termination of crops after harvest to minimize the population over time. SLWF populations increase during the year and management within each cropping system significantly impacts subsequent cropping systems. It is important that SLWF management is a priority in all crops that serve as reproductive hosts. Cross-commodity cooperation and management with the objective of minimizing overall SLWF populations will benefit all of Georgia agriculture.
The Impacts of China and United States Trade and Tariff Actions on Georgia Agriculture (TP 104) The uncertainty in trade policy between China and the U.S. has created concern among the agricultural community about lengthening the period of stagnant farm income. Georgia agriculture produces many of the items on the Chinese tariff list, including nuts, fruits, soybean, corn, wheat, sorghum, cotton, pork, beef, and tobacco. The proposed Chinese retaliatory trade tariff on U.S. products would have a negative impact on Georgia's agriculture and economy. However, the magnitude of the impact caused by these tariffs on Georgia's agricultural industry is unclear. Some industries, like the pecan industry, will be impacted more than others.
Hurricane Michael’s Impact on Vegetable Production in Georgia (TP 105) Weather events such as hurricanes, tropical storms, and severe rainfall are common to the Southeastern U.S. These events have the potential to cause severe economic damage to the region’s vegetable industry. On Oct. 10-11, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the panhandle of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane and moved northeast through southwest Georgia, causing significant damage to large portions of the vegetable industry in Georgia. Vegetables can be severely affected by strong winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding events. Direct damage to crops may be caused by strong winds resulting in lodging and defoliation of plants, or heavy rainfall, which may cause flooding or severe runoff and soil erosion. Secondary effects include the loss of marketable fruit due to a lack of foliage. Without shade from foliage, the fruit of the plant is susceptible to sunburn damage as well as disease resulting from injury. In Georgia, Hurricane Michael had sustained winds of more than 80 mph, with gusts between 100-110 mph, which directly affected vegetable fields in the state. Crop damage after the initial storm will continue, mostly due to the sunburn of exposed fruit and disease caused by damage. Losses due to secondary rot and sunburn in some crops will likely result in higher losses. Growers are trying to minimize sunburn by using shading materials, and while these materials can mitigate short-term losses due to sunburn, their usefulness is often limited to a few days.
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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.