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Southern corn rust appeared at least two weeks early in 2014 (5 June) than it did in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013. Appearing earlier means that this disease will likely be more problematic than in recent years. Corn that is approaching (or has passed) the tassel growth stage is worth protecting if the yield potential is there, according to UGA Extension agent Shane Curry. CAES News
Southern corn rust appeared at least two weeks early in 2014 (5 June) than it did in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013. Appearing earlier means that this disease will likely be more problematic than in recent years. Corn that is approaching (or has passed) the tassel growth stage is worth protecting if the yield potential is there, according to UGA Extension agent Shane Curry.
El Nino 2016
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait cautions Georgia corn farmers about the El Nino weather pattern that will likely interfere with planting this March. A delay would increase the likelihood of diseases too, so Kemerait advises growers to plant resistant varieties and be ready to apply fungicides earlier than normal.
Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the UGA Tifton Campus, talks about managing risk during a workshop on Feb. 25, 2016. CAES News
Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the UGA Tifton Campus, talks about managing risk during a workshop on Feb. 25, 2016.
Farm Workshop
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the UGA Small Business Development Center came together on Thursday to offer a new business workshop for farmers in south Georgia. The conference provided a glimpse into the various components of a successful farming operation, including sessions on forecasting cash flow and getting your food product to the market.
Sugarcane aphids at various stages of development. CAES News
Sugarcane aphids at various stages of development.
Sugarcane Aphids
Sugarcane aphids have turned their back on their namesake and become a major pest for Georgia’s grain sorghum growers. The pest began infesting fields in the state two years ago and, last year, devastated farmers who chose not to apply spray controls, said University of Georgia small grains entomologist David Buntin.
Samples of Blanc du Bois wine grapes from Trillium Vineyards. CAES News
Samples of Blanc du Bois wine grapes from Trillium Vineyards.
Georgia Wine
Georgia wines may not have the same cachet as California chardonnays or French Burgundies, but they’re earning new accolades each year thanks to a community of dedicated grape growers and little help from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
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Energy Saving Tips
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have, you can save money and increase your comfort. With extreme temperatures come high energy bills, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to decrease energy consumption. Start by following these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
Members of Stanley Culpepper's team conducts a trial that is comparing methyl bromide to Paladin Pic, Trifecta, and the UGA 3-WAY. CAES News
Members of Stanley Culpepper's team conducts a trial that is comparing methyl bromide to Paladin Pic, Trifecta, and the UGA 3-WAY.
Drift Complaints
Complaints over off-target movement of chemical applications went down 48 percent from 2014 to 2015, but Georgia farmers must better understand the factors that influence drift, according to University of Georgia weed scientist Stanley Culpepper.
UGA AGL participants Stan Deal, Ashley Buford, Lanie Riner, Shane Boyer and Jeff Jordan visit with Georgia State Sen. Frank Gin, of Danielsville, Georgia.(Photo by Lauren Griffeth) CAES News
UGA AGL participants Stan Deal, Ashley Buford, Lanie Riner, Shane Boyer and Jeff Jordan visit with Georgia State Sen. Frank Gin, of Danielsville, Georgia.(Photo by Lauren Griffeth)
AGL at the Capital
Midway through Georgia’s legislative session there’s a buzz around the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta. Crowds of lawmakers, engaged citizens and lobbyists come in from across the state to help conduct the state’s business each day, and this week they were joined by 25 up-and-coming leaders in the agriculture and forestry industries.
Pictured is a dry land peanut field in east Tift County on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. CAES News
Pictured is a dry land peanut field in east Tift County on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.
Peanut Planting
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort insists that poor peanut plant stands in Georgia may not necessarily be due to seed quality.
Here is a picture of a  peach tree orchard. CAES News
Here is a picture of a  peach tree orchard.
Peach Pest Management
University of Georgia plant pathologist Phil Brannen is concerned that Georgia peach growers can’t tell the difference between phony peach disease and weevil or nematode damage. A consequence could be that farmers unnecessarily destroy trees and potential fruit.
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, center, and Georgia delegate Ronni Davis-Frank, right, listen to Maritza Soto Keen, a work session moderator from the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, at the Southern Region Women's Agricultural Leadership Summit on Feb. 8. CAES News
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, center, and Georgia delegate Ronni Davis-Frank, right, listen to Maritza Soto Keen, a work session moderator from the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, at the Southern Region Women's Agricultural Leadership Summit on Feb. 8.
Women's Ag Leadership Summit
More than 150 agricultural leaders from across 13 Southern states and Washington, D.C., convened on the University of Georgia’s campus in Athens on Feb. 8 to discuss how to increase leadership roles for women in agriculture.