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
Webster County is known for its traditional farming and is home to diverse row crops, forages and livestock. Farmers in Webster County also stayed on the cutting edge of technology. Most currently use grid sampling when obtaining soil samples and spread lime and fertilizer at variable rates, with some areas receiving Extension- recommended application rates of lime and fertilizer and other areas receiving none. The UGA Extension coordinator worked with an area crop consultant who processes soil samples for farmers by grids. From October 2019 to June 2020, a total of 1,416 soil samples were collected from five-acre grids in 393 fields for 16 producers in Webster, Stewart, Sumter and Terrell counties. Prior laboratory analyses showed that only 50% of the acres required lime, which was put out only on the grids that required lime. This reduction in lime resulted in tremendous savings to these producers.
4-H Youth Development
The Webster County 4-H Club had a wonderful year of competition, learning and fun. Members attended Junior/Senior District Project Achievement events, where they learned research, writing and public speaking skills along with the confidence to stand up in front of a group and deliver a presentation. Two Junior 4-H’ers competed, with one winning first place in the Outdoor Recreation category and the other placing second in the Flowers, Shrubs and Lawns category. Six Senior 4-H’ers competed this year, with one placing sixth in the Sports project, two placing fourth in Sports and International categories, one placing second in Outdoor Recreation, and two Senior 4-H’ers winning first place in the categories of Food Fare and Performing Arts Dance. Savannah Matthews and Summer Johnson competed at State 4-H Congress, the eleventh straight year the county has had a State 4-H Congress competitors. Savannah Matthews placed fourth in her category and Summer Johnson placed second in her project.
The start of school gave a new start to this years 4-H program. 4-H meetings were able to resume and students were able to start working on their personal projects again.