Bacon County Ag Update

About Will Lovett

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent for Brantley and Bacon County

Sharon Bridges retirement

Many of you already are aware that Sharon Bridges, Bacon County Extension Secretary, is retiring at the end of this month. Please stop by the office on Friday, March 31, 2017, between the hours of 3-5 pm. Refreshments will be served.    
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Cotton Market News

This is an excerpt from the Cotton Market News.  Follow the link for the full edition.   The 2016 crop is currently estimated at 17.23 million bales. Acreage abandonment has been low for 2 consecutive years—5½ % for the 2016 crop and 6% for 2015. Assuming 11.5 million acres planted…
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I have had several discussions today regarding what actions are merited in light of last night’s freeze event.  The damage that we sustained last night coupled with the previous warm temperatures put blueberry plants in a high risk situation for fungal infections.   Conditions will be prefect for the next several days for Botrytis sporulation and rain…
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Equipment Safety

EQUIPMENT SAFETY   Equipment safety is one of the more important issues regarding farm safety. Equipment can be extremely dangerous if not respected.   Here are some general rules to making your day safer everyday:   Before operating equipment do a safety check: check for loose tools around the equipment,…
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Ag Safety Awareness Week – Animal space

This is day 2 of Ag Safety Awareness Week and the topic of the day is Animal spaces. I will be concentrating on Cattle Handling. Here are some tips when working with Cattle:   – Cattle are herding animals (as are sheep and goats). Consequently they have separation anxiety when separated from…
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Farm Safety Awareness- Confined Spaces

  Todays topic is confined spaces. These typically refer to grain bins and manure pits. Here are some take home messages on these hazards:   Grain Bins   In the past 50 years over 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported. Take care and follow the following safety tips:…
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Blueberry Rust and Thrips

Rust I am seeing rust sporulation on last year’s leaves on Southern Highbush Blueberries. This indicates it will be a long season of rust control if we consider that we need to protect leaves until next fall. Given that we already have green fruit this year, your options for good rust control pre-harvest…
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