Brooks County Ag Connection

Row Crop Disease Update

I wanted to share disease updates and UGA recommendations, for peanuts, cotton, and soybeans.  Please call me if you have any additional questions. Peanut:  We have experienced a couple of weeks of ideal conditions (very hot temperatures & scattered rainfall) for leaf spot diseases and white mold.  In order to protect…
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Feeding Cattle During Drought

Please see the article below regarding feeding during a drought by UGA Extension Animal Scientist Dr. Lawton Stewart. Most of Georgia, and especially parts of North Georgia, have suffered through some level of drought this summer.  The extended drought in many parts of the state have a double whammy effect…
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2016 Sugarcane Aphids

Please be aware that yesterday (6/8/16) I visited a field in Brooks County and confirmed the presence of Sugarcane aphids in our county.  I wanted to give you a product update, on pesticides we can use for 2016, to control sugarcane aphids. We have 2 products available, Sivanto Prime and…
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Cotton Ginning Cost-Share Program

Please refer to information/fact sheet posted below for sign up information pertaining to Cotton Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) Program.  You may click on link provided to download file.  Please contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for additional information.                      …
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Southern Corn Rust & Soybean Rust Confirmed in Southwest GA

Southern Corn Rust  (pictures by Andy Shirley) Please see the article below by Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension Plant Pathologist regarding southern rust in corn and Asian soybean rust: “Thanks very much to agents Chase Hembree and Andy Shirley and consultant Rome Ethredge for first detection and diagnosis of southern corn rust (Puccinia…
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Thrips Update

      For the 2016 growing season, Thrips traps are being monitored weekly in Brooks County.  I will post weekly results from thrip traps, for you to observe thrips numbers, activity and movement.  Please be aware, that earlier peanut in furrow thrips treatments may be playing out.  We should…
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ALERT: Downy Mildew of Cucurbit Detected in Georgia

Courtesy of Dr Bhabesh Dutta UGA Extension Vegetable Pathologist: Downy mildew of squash has been detected from Thomas County in Georgia (May 3, 2016). These observations indicate that inoculum of downy mildew is currently in GA and under favorable conditions (cool and wet conditions) potential disease outbreak in cucurbit can occur. I would suggest our cucurbit growers…
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2016 Vegetable Fungicide Spray Programs

            I have attached the updated University of Georgia Vegetable Fungicide Spray Programs for 2016.  Please refer to the link below for fungicide spray schedules for the following crops; Pepper, Tomato, Succulent Legume (Snap, Lima, Pole beans), Cucumber, Squash, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, and Broccoli/Cabbage. 2016 Vegetable…
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Prowl vs. Sonalan in Peanuts

Via Eric Prostko, Extension Weed Scientist; Recent price increases in Sonalan 3EC (ethalfluralin) have many growers taking a closer look at the cheaper priced pendimethalin formulations (Generic Prowl 3.3EC and Prowl H2O 3.8ASC) for use in peanuts.  With the exception of use in reduced tillage systems (i.e. Prowl is preferred…
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Brooks County Garden Club Meeting

To those interested, The Brooks County Garden Club will be having an open to the public meeting on Tuesday, April 12th at 3:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the Camellia Room at the Cultural Center. A representative from White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA will be the speaker at the…
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