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Irrigation at work on the UGA Tifton Campus. It is May 23 and has been a couple of weeks since South Georgia has received substantial rainfall. With little to no rain in the forecast, farmers are utilizing irrigation to water their crops. CAES News
Irrigation at work on the UGA Tifton Campus. It is May 23 and has been a couple of weeks since South Georgia has received substantial rainfall. With little to no rain in the forecast, farmers are utilizing irrigation to water their crops.
Warming weather
Georgia temperatures are rising, and the weather is only going to get hotter with little rain in the forecast. That’s not good news for Georgia’s cotton producers who are in the middle of planting this year’s crop, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.
Scout schools will be offered at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, as well as the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia. CAES News
Scout schools will be offered at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, as well as the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia.
Scout Schools
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has scheduled two insect scouting schools for Georgia’s cotton, peanut and soybean farmers, both set for June.
Pine trees toppled over after Hurricane Michael in Wilcox County, Georgia. CAES News
Pine trees toppled over after Hurricane Michael in Wilcox County, Georgia.
No Relief
Agricultural producers in the region damaged most by Hurricane Michael are struggling to recover from this disaster without additional federal assistance, even as the 2019 spring planting season is now fully underway. A recent survey of Cooperative Extension county agents in Florida and Georgia showed that there is a great deal of continued uncertainty about future production in affected areas.
Pictured is an overhead view of a cotton field affected by deer in Burke County, Georgia. Deer can damage as much as 50 percent of a farmer’s crop. Burke County Extension Agent Katie Burch may have found an effective deer deterrent in Milorganite fertilizer. CAES News
Pictured is an overhead view of a cotton field affected by deer in Burke County, Georgia. Deer can damage as much as 50 percent of a farmer’s crop. Burke County Extension Agent Katie Burch may have found an effective deer deterrent in Milorganite fertilizer.
Deer Management
The threat of deer eating the cotton grown on local farms sent University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent Katie Burch searching for a solution. And the Burke County, Georgia, agent may have found one.
The 2018 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the Georgia Cotton Commission's annual meeting and UGA Cotton Production Workshop on Jan. 30, 2019, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The award winners are pictured. CAES News
The 2018 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the Georgia Cotton Commission's annual meeting and UGA Cotton Production Workshop on Jan. 30, 2019, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The award winners are pictured.
Cotton Award Winners
The University of Georgia Cotton Team recognized the best cotton producers in the state with the 2018 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards during the Georgia Cotton Commission’s annual meeting and UGA Cotton Production Workshop held on Jan. 30, 2019, in Tifton, Georgia.
UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper speaks about weed research during a field day. CAES News
UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper speaks about weed research during a field day.
Herbicide Resistance
Georgia cotton producers face two great weed control challenges this season — how to minimize the development of herbicide resistance and mitigating off-target herbicide drift, according to Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed scientist.
High winds from Hurricane Michael in Turner County, Georgia, blew cotton to the ground. CAES News
High winds from Hurricane Michael in Turner County, Georgia, blew cotton to the ground.
Cotton Crop
As Georgia cotton farmers prepare for this year’s growing season, some are still trying to harvest what’s left of the 2018 crop, according to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.
Stefano Gobbo is pictured with UGA-Tifton Assistant Dean Joe West during a graduation celebration held on the UGA Tifton campus on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Gobbo is the first University of Padova student to earn a dual master's degree at UGA. CAES News
Stefano Gobbo is pictured with UGA-Tifton Assistant Dean Joe West during a graduation celebration held on the UGA Tifton campus on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Gobbo is the first University of Padova student to earn a dual master's degree at UGA.
Dual Master's Degree
When University of Georgia graduate Stefano Gobbo received his master’s degree last week, he made history, both for UGA and for the University of Padova (UNIPD) in Italy.
UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper speaks about weed research during a field day. CAES News
UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper speaks about weed research during a field day.
Using Pesticides Wisely
A state program aimed at teaching farmers and other pesticide applicators how to properly apply pesticides continues to limit pesticide drift in Georgia. The educational training system, called “Using Pesticides Wisely,” was created by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper, who developed the training, credits Georgia farmers’ excellent teamwork and decision-making for the low number of pesticide drift complaints in Georgia in 2017.
Damage from Hurricane Michael in Tift County that impacted a pecan orchard. CAES News
Damage from Hurricane Michael in Tift County that impacted a pecan orchard.
Hurricane Michael Impact
To avoid losing their farms following Hurricane Michael, Georgia farmers need financial relief as soon as possible, according to Jeff Dorfman, a professor and agricultural economist in the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.