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This is a file photo of a center pivot irrigation system being used. CAES News
Water Conservation Project
Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are teaming up with IBM to work with farmers in Georgia’s Lower Flint River Basin to enhance water efficiency by up to 20 percent.
Georgia Farmer of the Year Philip Grimes receives a plaque from Gov. Nathan Deal, on right, and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, on left. CAES News
Georgia Farmer of Year
Philip Grimes, who grows peanuts, cotton, cantaloupes, snap beans and broccoli in Tift County is dedicated to achieving maximum yields through sound conservation practices. The 2014 recipient of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Georgia Farmer of the Year award has long been the envy of Tifton’s agricultural neighborhood.
Sweet potatoes harvested from a backyard garden in Butts County, Ga. CAES News
'Tater' Time
It’s time to plant potatoes or “taters” as Southerners say. Unlike many spring vegetables, potatoes can be planted as early as four weeks prior to the last frost of the season.
Squash vine borer larva inside squash vine. CAES News
Modified Organics
To place the certified organic seal on their produce, farmers must follow a strict list of rules. Home gardeners who want to use organic practices can take the first steps by using methods one University of Georgia expert calls “modified organics.”
Tomato leaves can curl in response to environmental stresses, like lack of water, or as a symptom of a disease, like tomato leaf curl virus, shown here. CAES News
Control Plant Diseases
The same fungal, bacteria and viral diseases that affect vegetable farmers can have the same detrimental impact on backyard gardeners’ spring and fall gardens.
A late January 2014 winter storm brought an ice and snow storm to Georgia leaving three-fourths of the state a winter wonderland. A mailbox is covered in ice in Screven County in southeast Georgia. CAES News
Late Frost Predicted
A snowstorm, followed by a few beautiful sunny days and then another snow and ice storm – this is a summary of the weather conditions in Georgia since the last week of January. A University of Georgia climatologist says don’t be surprised if the polar vortex sends another snowstorm and a late frost before spring officially arrives.
A grower sells fresh cut flowers at a farmers market in Henry County. CAES News
Small Farmer Workshop
UGA Extension will present a workshop for would-be small farmers on March 14 on the Central Georgia Technical College campus in Milledgeville.
This picture shows cotton being picked at the Gibbs Farm in Tifton on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. CAES News
2014 Farm Bill
Georgia farmers can no longer bank on subsidized payments from the federal government.
Calvin Perry, superintendent of the UGA CM Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Ga., adjusts the controls of a variable-rate irrigation system. VRI uses computer maps, global positioning systems, soil sensors and software to control where and how much water the nozzles on a center pivot spray on crops. Perry and his colleagues recently added a 'push-button' feature to the system to make it easier for farmers to program. CAES News
Precision Agriculture
Auto-steer technology, variable rate irrigation, smart-phone apps — these are all precision farming techniques that University of Georgia professor George Vellidis believes farmers should be using in their day-to-day operations.