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Blueberry Blog
Mummy Berry Threat is HIGH (as of 2/17/20) Posted by Jonathan Oliver on Feb 17, 2020 Recent warmer, damp weather has led blueberry growers in the southern region of Georgia to initiate sprays for mummy berry disease. According to the mummy berry model developed by Dr. Harald Scherm (UGA), there is a HIGH RISK for mummy berry disease initiation in southern Georgia as of February 17th, 2020.  Growers...
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March 4, 2020 (Wednesday) at 2:00-3:30pm Eastern

 

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Organic Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila

 

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Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) has emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits worldwide. Losses due to SWD can be as high as 100% and have been valued more than $718 million annually in the U.S.  The zero tolerance for SWD in fresh fruit has led conventional growers to make preventative insecticide applications when fruit are ripe.  Organic management of SWD is even more challenging due to the low number of effective OMRI-approved materials and limited understanding on the biology of SWD to translate into non-chemical management tactics.  Our multi-regional team was funded by USDA-NIFA through OREI Award No. 2018-51300-28434 to develop, evaluate and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD.  This webinar will provide a comprehensive update on organic management of spotted-wing drosophila. It will summarize findings of the research conducted by our project team on organically approved strategies including behavioral, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics to manage SWD. To attend this webinar, Please register at: https://eorganic.org/node/33992

 

 

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A Webinar on Organic Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila Posted by Ash Sial on Feb 15, 2020

Date: 

March 4, 2020 (Wednesday) at 2:00-3:30pm Eastern

 

Title:

Organic Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila

 

Description:

Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) has emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits worldwide. Losses due to SWD can be as high as 100% and have been valued more than $718 million annually in the U.S.  The zero tolerance for SWD in fresh fruit has led conventional growers to make preventative insecticide applications when fruit are ripe.  Organic management of SWD is even more challenging due to the low number of effective OMRI-approved materials and limited understanding on the biology of SWD to translate into non-chemical management tactics.  Our multi-regional team was funded by USDA-NIFA through OREI Award No. 2018-51300-28434 to develop, evaluate and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD.  This webinar will provide a comprehensive update on organic management of spotted-wing drosophila. It will summarize findings of the research conducted by our project team on organically approved strategies including behavioral, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics to manage SWD. To attend this webinar, Please register at: https://eorganic.org/node/33992

 

 

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Blueberry Integrated Pest Management Field Day Posted by Ash Sial on Mar 29, 2019

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Cotton Blog
2019 Cotton Outlook Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Sep 18, 2019 By Yangxuan Liu Click to download the PDF version of this post. In 2019, Georgia’s farmers planted 1.4 million acres of cotton, which is the third-highest planted acreage for the past decade, down 30 thousand acres from 2018. The average cotton yield is forecast at 932 pounds per acre. Production...
Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Mar 11, 2019 By Don Shurley and Yangxuan Liu Download the PDF version of the factsheet MFP (Market Facilitation Program) Payments USDA announced last July that it would act to assist farmers damaged by tariffs and reduced exports.  In September, the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was initiated and the signup began.  MFP payments...
USDA Trade Assistance Programs: 2019 Impacts on Georgia Producers Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 by Adam N. Rabinowitz On July 25, 2019, the USDA announced the 2019 trade assistance payment rates for the Market Facilitation Program. We have published a policy brief that contains the following helpful information: Details of the county based payment rate and potential maximum payments by county for non-specialty crops. Most...
The Costs to Agriculture from Recent Trade Disputes: A Georgia Perspective Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Jun 10, 2019 By Gopinath Munisamy, Yangxuan Liu, and Adam Rabinowitz Click here to download the PDF version of this blog post. American agricultural and food producers have been caught in the middle of ongoing trade disputes between the United States and some of its major trade partners. Most trade partners – China,...
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Peach Blog
Chill update – so what now? Posted by Dario Chavez on Feb 10, 2020 Hi everyone, I was waiting to send this post until it seemed that we were reaching the end of our chill accumulation for this year. The weather has been very variable the last few days from warm, to wet, and to cold. The nice thing about the temperatures going down...
Last Minute Items Posted by Jeff Cook on Feb 4, 2020 It never fails that once I get dates set and food ordered something comes up and we have to improvise and make changes. That happened again this year.  We had to move the Peach Meeting from the 11th to the 19th.  We hope this does not inconvenience many of our...
2020 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide Posted by Blaauw on Jan 21, 2020 I just wanted to let everyone know that the 2020 peach guides have been updated and are now available online: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201171_12.PDF The physical copies have been printed and will be available in the coming weeks (usually at your local grower meeting), but if you have any questions before then, please let...
Update on Peach Skin Disorders Posted by pbrannen on Jan 17, 2020 Update on Peach Skin Disorders Phil Brannen1 , John Mark Lawton2, Juan Carlos Melgar2, Brian Lawrence2, and Guido Schnabel2 1Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia 2Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University Inking has been an issue in southeastern peaches for years, but it has been difficult to...
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Peanut Blog
A “Mitey” Wormy Week in Peanuts Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 It came as no surprise on Monday morning when the phone starting ringing with questions about foliage feeding caterpillars, lesser cornstalk borers and two spotted spider mites in peanut fields. Most of the foliage feeding caterpillars we are seeing now are velvetbean caterpillars (VBC). This species is generally easy to...
Caterpillars in August Peanuts Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 Velvetbean caterpillars (VBC) have arrived in large numbers in some Georgia peanut fields over the past couple weeks. Peanuts that are 70 to 90 days after planting are likely to be at greatest risk for yield loss from defoliation; the risk is even greater in fields that are drought stressed....
Lesser Cornstalk Borer and Spider Mite Update Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 As I drive across the state I see areas that have obviously received decent rainfall over the past month. On the other hand, there has been no measurable rain at my house in four weeks, and I am not the only one. It is DRY, and it is no secret...
Cutworms in Georgia Peanut Fields Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 It is always something…this week in the world of peanut entomology that something is cutworms. We see cutworm injury to peanut foliage every year in the month of June, and in most cases these infestations are nothing more than curiosities. This year scouts, agents, and growers are finding and reporting...
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Pecan Blog
INSECT UPDATE: Ambrosia Beetles Posted by Angel Acebes-Doria on Feb 11, 2020 This is just a timely reminder to be watchful for ambrosia beetles especially if you have young trees. If you have older trees (>5 yrs old) that were subjected to any stress-inducing factors such as flooding, diseases, root damage, spading, etc., monitor for potential ambrosia beetle attacks on them as...
Tree Planting Video Posted by Lenny Wells on Feb 6, 2020 I’ve had lots of requests for a video on planting pecan trees, so here it is: Pecan Tree Planting video A few comments: I apologize for the short amount of time some of the text appears on the screen. This is a result of my poor video editing skills. But,...
Bark Shedding Posted by Lenny Wells on Jan 31, 2020 Every year I receive calls regarding trees in which the bark sheds for no apparent reason. This understandably creates great alarm among growers. I see it most often on Desirable but it can occur on other cultivars as well. Usually the outer bark layer sloughs off  exposing the inner bark...
2020 Pecan Spray Guides Posted by Lenny Wells on Jan 29, 2020 Our 2020 Pecan Spray Guides are now available at the link below: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%20841_8.PDF
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Strawberry Blog
Row Cover Usage Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 Row covers can be used to accomplish a few different things in strawberry plasticulture.  For us in Georgia, they are best suited for protecting blooms and small fruit from frost as we near our first harvest dates. In other, colder areas of the southeast and mid-Atlantic row covers are used...
Strawberry Fertility Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 Spring is just around the corner so we need to be thinking about our strawberry fertility programs.  Now is a great time to get a tissue sample.  This will give you a baseline and let you know if your pre-plant fertilizer has run out.  It also allows you to check...
Colletotrichum Resistance to QoI Fungicides Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 Anthracnose fruit rot disease, caused by fungal Colletotrichum species, is one of the most significant disease problems of commercial strawberry production in Georgia and the Southeast.  Resistance to site specific fungicides could result in control failures if proper resistance management strategies are not used.
Colletotrichum resistance to QoI fungicides in Georgia Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 Please see the link below for information concerning the current status of QoI fungicide resistance in Georgia. This is important information for your 2020 disease control program. Colletotrichum resistance to QoI fungicides such as Abound and Pristine are prevalent throughout Georgia
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Vegetable Blog
Drench and in-furrow application of Velum Prime causes phytotoxicity on cucumber. Posted by ah68710 on Jan 26, 2020 Research conducted by Hajihassani nematology group showed that drench and in-furrow applications of nematicide Velum Prime cause phytotoxicity to cucumber at transplanting (see photo). In contrast, Velum Prime had no phytotoxic damage to cucumber when applied though drip irrigation at transplanting. We recommend to use Velum Prime at least 3...
Important things to consider when fumigating soil for nematodes Posted by ah68710 on Jan 26, 2020 Determine the nematode genus (type) and their number in soil by analyzing the soil samples at a Nematode Diagnostic laboratory. For root-knot nematodes, the damage threshold is 0nly 1 nematode per 100 cc of soil. The nematicide rate for nematode control may vary based upon the nematode pressure in the...
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Viticulture Blog
Grape Spray Program Design Workshops Reminder Posted by pbrannen on Feb 20, 2020 UGA Extension Viticulture Blog | Grape Spray Program Design Workshops Disease and insect control are critical components of an IPM program for grapes. Vineyard managers ask questions yearly relative how to set up and administer an efficacious program for management of diseases and insects. In these workshops, vineyard managers will...
New Muscadine Production Guide now available Posted by Cain on Feb 16, 2020 The Muscadine Grape Production Guide for the Southeast was recently published by NC State Extension. Dr. Mark Hoffmann, NC State Small Fruit Extension Specialist, was the primary author and investigator on the project. There were several collaborators, co-authors, and co-editors from UGA and NC State. The project was funded by...
Topsin WSB Special Local Needs Label Approved for GA Posted by pbrannen on Feb 14, 2020 Thanks to UPL, we now have a Topsin label for pruning wounds in Georgia. Please see the attached approved SLN label for Topsin WSB control of Eutypa Dieback in Grapevines. Note that Botryosphaeria dieback is more prevalent in Georgia, but you will get suppression of Botryosphaeria when you spray for...
Agenda:

9:30 Registration

10:00 Disease management considerations for developing a spray program

10:30 Insect management considerations for spray program development

11:00 Group work

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Group work

2:00 Group presentations

3:00 Wrap up and final questions with experts

 

Workshop dates, registration contacts and locations are below (maximum of 20 participants per location, so sign up early to ensure a spot):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Burke at 770-836-8546 or pjburke@uga.edu

March 3, 2020

UGA Extension Carroll County Office

900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA

(lunch provided on site)

 

 

Clark McAllister and Nathan Eason at 706-265-2442 or clarkmac@uga.edu

March 5, 2020

Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Building

365 Riley Rd, Dahlonega, GA

(lunch provided on site)

 

 

Ashley Hoppers at 706-632-3061 or 706-645-4426 or aahoppers@uga.edu

March 17, 2020

Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay GA

(lunch provided on site)

Grape Spray Program Design Workshop Flyer

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Grape Spray Program Design Workshops Posted by pbrannen on Feb 13, 2020

Agenda:

9:30 Registration

10:00 Disease management considerations for developing a spray program

10:30 Insect management considerations for spray program development

11:00 Group work

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Group work

2:00 Group presentations

3:00 Wrap up and final questions with experts

 

Workshop dates, registration contacts and locations are below (maximum of 20 participants per location, so sign up early to ensure a spot):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Burke at 770-836-8546 or pjburke@uga.edu

March 3, 2020

UGA Extension Carroll County Office

900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA

(lunch provided on site)

 

 

Clark McAllister and Nathan Eason at 706-265-2442 or clarkmac@uga.edu

March 5, 2020

Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Building

365 Riley Rd, Dahlonega, GA

(lunch provided on site)

 

 

Ashley Hoppers at 706-632-3061 or 706-645-4426 or aahoppers@uga.edu

March 17, 2020

Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay GA

(lunch provided on site)

Grape Spray Program Design Workshop Flyer

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