Mitchell County Ag News

Alert: Cucurbit Downy Mildew in GA

Downy mildew of cucurbits has been detected from Thomas County in Georgia! 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 to look for the downy mildew symptoms in their fields and start applying protective spray of below stated fungicides.

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Peanut Disease Tips 2016

Via Dr. Bob Kemerait, Extension Plant Pathologist; “Though still approximately 6 weeks away from the general start of the planting season, there are issues regarding management of diseases and nematodes affecting peanut that deserve attention now. Choosing the right variety.  Most of our acreage will be planted in ‘Georgia-06G’ and…
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White Mold In Peanut

I’m seeing a fair amount of white mold in the county. With the weather conditions we are currently seeing; wet, humid, and hot temperatures, this should be expected. Before white mold becomes a major problem we need to get ahead of it….

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Target Spot in Cotton…

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I am starting to see a fair amount of Target Spot in Mitchell County. Most of what I have seen is on older cotton, well past the 4th or 5th week of bloom. I have seen some on younger cotton between the 1st and 3rd week of bloom. This cotton will benefit from a fungicide application based on field history, irrigation, and growth stage.
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Southern Corn Rust Found In Mitchell County

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Earlier today I found Southern Corn Rust in a field in Mitchell County. What’s funny is I found the same disease in corn last year June 6th! One day earlier than last year!

Remember Southern Corn Rust is the most important disease on corn! Rain is back in the forecast for next week, which will be favorable for development of rust. Any corn that is approaching (or has passed) the tassel growth stage is worth protecting if the yield potential is there.
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