Brooks County Ag Connection

El Nino Weather Podcast

This year’s El Nino is particularly weird according to University of Georgia Climatologist Pam Knox. Typically, El Nino starts around late December, but this time around it did not start until about March. Because of that, subtropical jet streams have shifted over Texas and Oklahoma during their planting season, causing…
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Pest Alert – Sugarcane Aphid

Late summer 2014 – We can all remember the new invasive pest that occurred last year, the sugarcane aphid (SCA).  SCA infestations occurred in practically every sorghum field and in may cases resulted in production and economic losses.  Please be aware that the first documented appearance on sorghum was identified…
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USDA News Release

Please read the following important information, from USDA Risk Management Agency,  regarding important crop insurance deadlines.  If you have any questions please contact your local crop insurance agent. 2015ValdostaConservationCompliance    
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PECAN SCAB FUNGICIDE SENSITIVITY TESTING

UGA Extension is offering a pecan scab fungicide sensitivity testing. The testing will be handled by Dr. Katherine Stevenson with the Plant Pathology Dept.. This tests are free to the producer. A few orchards in Brooks Co. have already been tested and have shown partial resistance to one or more fungicides applied to…
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Casebearers: To Spray or Not to Spray?

Now is the time period when Pecan Nut Casebearer (PNC) has normally been treated in Georgia. In the past few years there has been debate regarding just how much damage PNC does to the pecan crop here in Georgia. In Texas, PNC is a horrific pest.  Here in Georgia, its a different situation. Here is…
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Pecan Pollination

Here is an article regarding pecan pollination from our Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells, Based on the calls I’ve received, the occurrence of last week’s prolonged rainfall during the pecan flower bloom has many growers concerned that the weather had a negative effect on pecan pollination. While, cool, rainy conditions…
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Current Field Corn Weed Control Issues

Here is a post from UGA Weed Scientist Eric Prostko The rainy weather this week has delayed many postemergence herbicide applications in field corn.   Consequently, growers will be forced to make some tough decisions when the weather clears.  Here are a few things to consider: 1) Refer to the…
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NO Counter on Cotton 2015

We just received word from the GA dept. of Ag. that Counter will not receive a Sec. 18 for 2015. Here is a report from Dr. Bob Kemerait, Extension Plant Pathologist; “I received official word from the Georgia Department of Ag that the EPA has denied our request to use…
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