Brooks County Ag Connection

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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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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