Brooks County Ag Connection

Interest in developing a Small Ruminant Cooperative

Brooks County Producers, The intention of this post is similar to the previous post about feral hog control; we would like to gauge the interest y’all as producers would have if the Brooks County Cooperative Extension Office were to assist in the development of an agricultural cooperative for meat goats, and maybe other…
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Interest in prospective Feral Hog Control meeting

Brooks County Producers, The intention of this post is to gauge the interest y’all as producers would have if the Brooks County Cooperative Extension Office were to have a Feral Hog Control meeting as one of our upcoming winter production meetings. Recently through some grower input and concern this topic was brought up to…
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What to Look for in your Leaf Samples

Pecan Growers, Here is an article from Lenny Wells recapping leaf tissue sampling in our orchards, The time for pecan leaf tissue sampling has arrived. The recommended  period for this is from July 7-August 7. The reason for this window of time is that the nutrients are at their most stable point…
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Peanut Weed Tips

Dr. Eric Protsko UGA Weed Specialist has a few things for us to consider as we head into July: 1) Cobra or Ultra Blazer applications should be avoided if possible when the peanut plants are in the R5 (beginning seed) to R6 (full seed) stage of growth (Figure 1).   Results…
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Morningglory ID

Morningglory species are can be some of the hardest weeds to control in a field. Proper identification is the key to achieving  control. If anything know the difference Smallflower morningglory compared to others. Why is this important? Not all morningglories are controlled equally by certain herbicides. Here are a few…
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Insect Update- Reminder

Just a reminder that UGA Extension and BCT Gin will be hosting an Insect Update- Tailgate Meeting tomorrow, June 30. Meeting will begin at noon in the Livestock Annex of the Brooks County AG Building. Meeting is being sponsored by Dupont and lunch will be provided as well as one hour of Private…
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Downy Mildew of Watermelon Detected in Georgia

Downy mildew of watermelon has been detected from Sumter County in Georgia (June 10, 2015). These observations indicate that inoculum of downy mildew is currently in GA and under favorable conditions (wet conditions) can be a potential problem in watermelon. I would suggest our watermelon growers to look for the…
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El Nino and its impact on weather in May

Parts of the country are really starting to feel the consequences of receiving record amounts of rain in May. El Nino is to blame according to University of Georgia Climatologist Pam Knox. Some farmers are now dealing with planting delays, fields in need of replanting, and sick livestock. There may…
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Farm Bill Update and Prevented Planting Questions

Here are some comments from Nathan Smith, Extension Economist: “FSA recently held training for State Staff on ARCPLC enrollment.   Producers are required to enroll annually in the ARCPLC program to be eligible to receive payments.   The enrollment period is expected to begin mid-June.  Enrollment for 2014 and 2015 ARCPLC will…
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Proposed label changes for pollinator protection

Here is an alert from Dr. Stormy Sparks: The link below and the information attached concerns PROPOSED label changes for MOST insecticides we use in vegetables (and other crops). This currently will apply only to situations where growers are contracting for pollination services (but can easily be expanded). This will…
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