Colquitt County Ag Report

News, events, and happenings in agriculture.

Bermudagrass Browning

In the past week or so I have received numerous calls about bermudagrass that was brown/dying in hay fields and pastures. Many cases have been caused by damage from the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot (BSM). However, I have seen just as many cases that were caused by leaf spot and leaf rust. A closer look at…
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Avoid Contamination in Cotton

Check out the letter below produced by the Georgia Cotton Commission. It addresses some serious lint contamination issues. Click anywhere on the document to make it larger.
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Artificial Insemination School

Southeast Select Sires, Inc., has scheduled an Artificial Insemination (AI) School for October 7 – 9, 2013, at the Calhoun Stockyard on Hwy. 53 near Calhoun, Georgia.  The class will begin at 12 noon on Monday and will finish at 12 noon on Wednesday. The cost is $350 per person.  …
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2013 Farm Bill Update and Brief Summary

UGA Extension Economist, Dr. Don Shurley, has been keeping tabs on the farm bill status. He has provided us an update this week. The 2008 farm bill originally expired in 2012 but Congress failed to complete action to legislate new law to begin in 2013.  The 2008 farm bill was…
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2013 GA Peanut Tour

The 27th annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held in south Georgia, Sept. 17-19th. Started as an effort to attract more buyers to the state, the tour is an opportunity for industry leaders and farmers to showcase the crop’s quality and planting and how peanuts are handled post-harvest. The tour…
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Late-Season Options for Morningglory Control in Peanut

As we near peanut harvest, you may be wondering about late season morningglory control options. Here a few thoughts to consider from extension weed scientist, Dr. Eric Prostko: 1) Depending upon the anticipated digging date, 2,4-DB can be used to slow down the spread/growth of annual morningglory.  However, this treatment will not provide any real…
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Stored Grain Protectants

Below is an update on stored grain protectants from Extension Entomologist Dr. Mike Toews… Based on my call volume this week, it is evident that we have a problem with grain protectant availability for the 2013 corn crop.  I’ve visited with representatives from each company about these issues and will try…
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Aquatic Weed Control Meeting

There will be a meeting on aquatic weed control at the Brooks County Extension Office on Sept. 11th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Two hours of commercial pesticide credit in category 26 will be available if anyone needs credit in that area. A meal will be served following the training so RSVP no later than September…
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Pest Alert- Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

I’ve been getting more and more reports of damage from Bermudagrass Stem Maggot (BSM). I recently spoke with our forage specialist, Dr. Dennis Hancock, who says that damage in south GA has been heavy this year. BSM is a recently introduced pest that was noticed in our area in the summer of…
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