Bacon County Ag Update

Record High Feeder Cattle Prices

Given the record-high feeder cattle prices we are experiencing, many cattle producers may be interested in ways to manage their price risk.  To help aid in this thought process, three new extension bulletins dealing with beef cattle marketing and risk management have recently been published.  They are: Using Futures Markets…
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Pesticides can be lethal if used inappropriately

A fellow agent Frank Watson in Wilkes County recently wrote this important article: Last month, a Jefferson County woman died and her three grandchildren were sickened after a pesticide, labeled for agricultural use only, was used to kill insects inside their home. Unfortunately, this tragic story now serves as an…
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Peanut Fungicide Schedule

There are a few fields in Bacon County with peanut fields that have reached the 30+ day mark. I have seen some early leaf spot in some of these fields. At this time farmers should start considering their first fungicide spray. This application is dependent on a few factors; variety, planting date, plant population,…
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ounces vs. fl. ounces

When are ounces not ounces? Well a liquid ounce is different from  a solid ounce, and that can be confusing and it can lead to the wrong amount of chemical going on the crop or field when using dry granules or other dry products. Here’s an example of how you could get…
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Southern Corn Rust in Southwest GA

Southern corn rust has been found in Southwest Georgia. Southern corn rust  is considered the most yield limiting disease in corn in the Southeast. The disease is yet to be reported in East Georgia, but with possible rain coming this weekend and next week, the weather will favor the spread of…
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Pecan Shoot Die-Back

Here is a good article by the UGA Extension Pecan Horticulturist, Lenny Wells about pecan shoot die-back in trees under flooded and then dry conditions; When the temperatures heat up in late May and early June, the calls begin to come in from growers who are noticing the new shoots of their young trees,…
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Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB)

Scouting some corn fields yesterday I identified some Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) on some early planted corn (stage V18-VT). This disease tends to show up in fields planted in corn over multiple years. As some of the corn in Bacon County begins to tassel, some may wonder when is the best time…
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