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Bermuda grass stem maggot damages the upper leaves of a forage crop. Lisa Baxter estimates about 60% yield loss in this picture. CAES News
Bermuda grass stem maggot damages the upper leaves of a forage crop. Lisa Baxter estimates about 60% yield loss in this picture.
Forage Pest Management
Drought-like conditions this summer are forcing Georgia forage farmers to delay treatments for Bermuda grass stem maggot, according to Lisa Baxter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist.
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat (right) and UGA Professor Francisco Diez were recognized by the International Association for Food Protection at the association’s annual meeting held July 21–24, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. CAES News
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat (right) and UGA Professor Francisco Diez were recognized by the International Association for Food Protection at the association’s annual meeting held July 21–24, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.
IAFP Honors
Two University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food scientists have been presented awards of excellence from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat and Professor Francisco Diez were recognized at the association’s annual meeting held July 21–24 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins. CAES News
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins.
Corn Irrigation
During a summer when Georgia corn farmers have relied heavily on their irrigation systems working effectively, many struggled with equipment malfunctions that may have reduced crop yields. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter believes that those problems can be avoided in the future if producers make necessary modifications after the growing season.
Georgia's peach crop is having a resurgence this year thanks to the lack of late freezes and sufficient chilling hours during the winter. CAES News
Georgia's peach crop is having a resurgence this year thanks to the lack of late freezes and sufficient chilling hours during the winter.
Peachy Crop
Georgia peach farmers are feeling “peachy” about the outlook for this season’s crop, which is expected to more than double last year’s volume, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties.
Georgia 4-H member Tandria Burke of Dougherty County was among the 4-H'ers who earned the title of Master 4-H'er during Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26 in Atlanta. Burke competed in the Companion and Specialty Animals category. She is shown (left) with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H Agent for Dougherty County Jazmin Thomas. CAES News
Georgia 4-H member Tandria Burke of Dougherty County was among the 4-H'ers who earned the title of Master 4-H'er during Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26 in Atlanta. Burke competed in the Companion and Specialty Animals category. She is shown (left) with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H Agent for Dougherty County Jazmin Thomas.
Master 4-H'ers
After a year of hard work and dedication, 50 Georgia 4-H youths earned the coveted title of Master 4-H’er at Georgia 4-H State Congress held July 23-26, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia.
Georgia 4-H'ers take a break on the steps of the Swan House during 4-H Day at the Atlanta History Center. CAES News
Georgia 4-H'ers take a break on the steps of the Swan House during 4-H Day at the Atlanta History Center.
Atlanta History Center
It can sometimes seem like there are two Georgias — the one that revolves around metro Atlanta and the one that has more pine trees or peanut fields than people. But no matter how different the state’s urban and rural areas might seem, we all share history, and we have more in common than you might think.
Tomato lovers will attest that homegrown always tastes best. But homegrown tomatoes don't always win beauty contests. Some are cracked, split, off-color or just plain ugly. CAES News
Tomato lovers will attest that homegrown always tastes best. But homegrown tomatoes don't always win beauty contests. Some are cracked, split, off-color or just plain ugly.
Ugly "Maters"
There are several tomato disorders that cause a variety of deformities in tomatoes. Most of these disorders are caused by environmental stresses, insects or certain plant diseases. 
A corn plot grows for research at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. UGA Extension weed specialist Eric Prostko encourages farmers to continue managing their weeds even after corn is harvested this year. CAES News
A corn plot grows for research at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. UGA Extension weed specialist Eric Prostko encourages farmers to continue managing their weeds even after corn is harvested this year.
Weed Control
Georgia corn farmers are preparing for harvest, but they can’t take a break once they ship their crops to market. That time should be focused on staying ahead of weeds that can cripple the next year’s crop.
In addition to produce safety procedures, UGA Extension helps farmers develop record-keeping plans to help keep them in line with FDA food safety guidelines. Cory McCue of Woodland Gardens in Winterville, Georgia, makes notes about the farm's July harvest in the packinghouse while Christine White packs shishito peppers into 10-pound bags. CAES News
In addition to produce safety procedures, UGA Extension helps farmers develop record-keeping plans to help keep them in line with FDA food safety guidelines. Cory McCue of Woodland Gardens in Winterville, Georgia, makes notes about the farm's July harvest in the packinghouse while Christine White packs shishito peppers into 10-pound bags.
Produce Safety
Over the past decade, Americans have fallen in love with locally grown produce, but just because something is grown nearby doesn’t automatically make it safe.
Andrew Crain, director of experiential professional development with the UGA Graduate School (far left), and Ron Walcott, associate dean of the UGA Graduate School, (far right), led UGA graduate students on an industry tour in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of UGA's annual Crop Protection Tour. CAES News
Andrew Crain, director of experiential professional development with the UGA Graduate School (far left), and Ron Walcott, associate dean of the UGA Graduate School, (far right), led UGA graduate students on an industry tour in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of UGA's annual Crop Protection Tour.
Crop Protection Tour
This summer a group of nine graduate students in the University of Georgia’s crop science disciplines embarked on a two-day site visit to corporate and nonprofit agricultural research centers in St. Louis, Missouri.