Bulloch County Extension

Fire blight on pear trees

Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is a common and frequently destructive disease of pome fruit trees and related plants. The first symptoms of fire blight occur in early spring, when temperatures are above 60 °F and the weather is rainy or humid. Infected flowers turn black and die….
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Ouch! There are “stickers” in the yard!

LAWN BURWEED – IT’S A STICKY PROBLEM Tim R. Murphy – Retired Extension Weed Scientist, The University of Georgia The weed in question is most commonly lawn burweed (Soliva pterosperma), a.k.a. spurweed, stickerweed, sandbur, sanbur and sandspur. Lawn burweed is a winter annual member of the Aster family. The weed germinates…
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Keep backyard chicken flocks safe from HPAI

By Sharon Dowdy Avian influenza was detected on March 3, 2017, in a commercial chicken flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, less than 100 miles from the Georgia state line. Tests revealed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI). The farm was quarantined and the birds were depopulated. Avian influenza…
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Georgia Ag Awareness Week March 20-24

The Georgia Department of Agriculture presents the first annual Agriculture Awareness Week in Georgia, March 20 – 24, 2017.  Ag Awareness Week is designed to better communicate the important role agriculture contributes to our daily lives, while allowing more involvement from our agricultural partners. We encourage you to get involved…
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Vegetable Garden Tips and Planting Chart

With temperatures warming up steadily, its time to start laying out and planting this years vegetable garden.  Here are a few tips to remember when planning and planting: Select a site that receives at least 8 to 10 hours of sunlight a day. Select a location that is conveniently located…
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Warm Winter and Pecans

By Dr. Lenny Wells – UGA Pecan Specialist We haven’t had much of a winter this year. We’ve only had 4 days where temperatures dipped below freezing in Tifton and the average temperature since November has been 57 degrees as opposed to 55 degrees last winter. We’ve also accumulated only…
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Caring for Indoor House Plants

A good rule of thumb for keeping your house plants healthy is to try to match the same environment from which they originated.  You may not be able to match every criteria for your house plant, but every small step  you take to ensure the plants comfort will be a giant step…
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Georgia Ag Forecast series scheduled

The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series will be held Jan. 18-27. University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state’s largest industry. Hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the 2017 seminar series will be held in Macon,…
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Fall Vegetable Gardening

As summer’s crops begin to wane in their production and look more and more ragged, the urge for many gardeners is to begin to clean up and put away their gardening tools. Luckily, this is a good time to heed that urge. UGA’s Vegetable Planting Chart, which includes names of many vegetable…
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