Bacon County Ag Update

Monitor your field moisture levels

You may need to increase your irrigation frequency or application rate. I am thinking of several of the blueberry fields that I have visited in the last several days, but this information applies to anything else you are trying to grow. Our daytime temperatures are rising as we head into summer, couple this…
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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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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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More on Mummy Berry

I wanted to provide everyone with a bit more information regarding Mummy Berry infections.  Typically, mummy berry risk in our area is closely related to the timing of leaf and flower emergence in rabbiteye blueberries in South Georgia. Dr. Scherm’s mummy berry prediction model is running a month ahead compared to the last five years. Many of…
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Mummy Berry Model

Dr. Harald Scherm has run the mummy germination model up to Jan. 17. Assuming good soil moisture it seems that the risk of infection of leaf and flower buds are high at susceptible stages. Potential mummy germination 1-18-2017
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Fungicides for Rust Treatment in Blueberry

This year we evaluated some of our most commonly used fungicides for efficacy on rust. Our DMI’s work well and are still a good choice for rust control. This is the first year we have test Proline in Georgia. It provide the highest level of control in this study.  …
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