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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Kudzu Bugs – Ready to Control

Posted by romeethredge on July 22, 2014

I looked at 2 blooming soybean fields today, and one had a good hatchout a few days old of juvenile kudzu bugs and the other had some just coming out of the eggs.

The grower chose to spray the one that has many juveniles hatched out. He also has a lot of various caterpillars and some foliage damage so he will piggyback a spray for caterpillars as well or use a combination product that will get both.

It was kind of surprizing that we’re seeing a few Velvet bean caterpillars (VBC), it’s a little early for them. We are seeing several types of caterpillars, mainly fall armyworms, beet armyworms  and soybean loopers.

The other grower will wait a few days to make sure most all of this second generation is hatched out so we can get a good kill. He doesn’t have many foliage feeders so he will just go with a pyrethroid for the bugs and some boron.

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In this photo below you can see the white egg cases.




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This is what we’ve been waiting on – Black Layer

Posted by romeethredge on July 21, 2014

Black layer, yes, turn off the irrigation on this corn crop if you see it. This helps on the power or diesel bills for running irrigation. Use of irrigation has been high the last couple of months or so, but necessary.

We are seeing the black layer at the bottom of the kernel in our oldest fields. So when this appears the corn is made. I talked to one grower who planted on Feb 28 and his corn black layered early last week and the moisture was 28%  late in the week so he ‘ll wait until late this week to harvest and dry it.

I looked at several fields that are close to this point so we are behind where we usually are at this point in the season due to cool wet weather early on, but doing well.



Here’s some corn below that needs some more time. The milk line needs to be all the way down when the corn is made.


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Question of the Week – 205

Posted by romeethredge on July 18, 2014

There are 205 different trees in Georgia. We learned a lot in the forestry class at 4-H camp.

This week I was given a snake to identify. A gentleman found several near his home and wanted to make sure they aren’t venomous and he wanted to know what it was, it was dead when I got it.

What snake is this and is it venomous?

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Young Farmer Tour

Posted by romeethredge on July 18, 2014

We had a good Georgia Young Farmer tour here in deep Southwest Georgia, a couple of weeks ago. The Seminole county group, headed by Advisor Wes Pace and State president Greg Mims did a great job with this event that was extremely well supported by the local host locations.

First stops were American Peanut Growers Group and AFG Feed.  The tour of the state of the art shelling plant was interesting and made us hungry for some good peanut butter snacks.

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AFG feed had some excellent cattle feed production facilities, which pelletizes different feeds.

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Clover Leaf Gin was the next stop and we looked at the ginstands and warehouses there. They do an award winning job of ginning high quality cotton.

Next we toured LMC, a big time agricultural equipment industry in a small town. They do all kinds of stuff related to seed cleaning and much much more. Go to their site for more information.

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Next we crossed the river into Florida and heard from Ag entrepreneur, Joe Hall of North American Farms. We heard about their operation and their cattle finishing, and saw part of the enclosed barn facilities.

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Then we watched some of the loading and processing of Irish potatoes that had just been dug, by Walther Farms.  They were going to be potato chips real soon.

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On the way back we toured some of the beautiful farming country with the abundant irrigation capacity and heard about south Georgia Agriculture.


We are proud to be represented by one of our best farmers, as the president of the Georgia Young Farmers. Greg Mims and his family, Stephanie, Will and Katibeth are representing us well.

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Soybeans – Kudzu bugs

Posted by romeethredge on July 18, 2014

We are seeing good numbers of kudzu bugs in soybeans now. Folks are asking what to do.

We don’t need to treat until the second generation in soybeans. In other words we need to wait until we see the young fuzzy nymphs before we treat them. This is usually when we have young pods on the plants.

 If you go by a patch of Kudzu, you can see all phases of bugs now, nymphs, eggs and adults. The second generation on Kudzu has moved to soybeans in many fields.

Here’s a link back to a comprehensive Kudzu bug post I made a while back.

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Here’s Jim Dozier in some of his soybeans we recently looked at. They had a few foliage feeders but nothing bad enough to treat.



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Peanuts Pegging

Posted by romeethredge on July 18, 2014

Fullscreen capture 7182014 113230 AM Peanuts are pegging and forming pods. Now is a critical time for calcium uptake and water for high quality, high yielding peanuts.

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Peanut Pests

Posted by romeethredge on July 17, 2014

We are seeing fairly low levels of disease including Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in peanuts. Conditions are good for white mold and leafspot so controls are going out.



Foliage feeders are the most common pests of peanuts this week with pretty high numbers of Tobacco Budworms being found as well as other types of caterpillars. In many cases we don’t have enough to spray for but where vines are small or caterpillar numbers are very high, a spray will be needed.

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Some Lesser Cornstalk Borers have been sighted but many times we are below levels needing treatment with them as well. Dr. Mark Abney, UGA Extension Entomologist, has some good observations concerning them as well.

“Lesser cornstalk borer (LCB) is probably the most serious (insect) pest of peanuts in Georgia. LCB thrives in hot, dry conditions and light sandy soils. Fields need to be scouted to determine if LCB is present. When scouting for LCB, several locations should be checked in each field. The caterpillars are most easily found if you pull up the plant. Pull a few plants at each location. You will be looking for larvae, feeding damage, and silken tubes covered with soil. The larvae can be difficult to find as they will often be inside the silk tubes or inside the stems of the plant. You may also see LCB moths flushing from the peanut foliage as you walk through fields.

Granular chlorpyrifos (Lorsban 15G) is currently the only material recommended for LCB control in the UGA Pest Management Handbook. This product CANNOT be applied by airplane to peanut. Liquid formulations of chlorpyrifos are NOT REGISTERED for foliar application in peanut. Granular chlorpyrifos must have rainfall or irrigation to be effective. Chlorpyrifos will kill beneficial insects, so we should be made aware that using this product increases the risk of outbreaks of foliage feeding caterpillars and more importantly spider mites.

Additionally, previous work at UGA found foliar insecticides to be ineffective at controlling this pest. While there are several products available for use in peanut that would probably kill LCB larvae, getting the insecticide to the target will be nearly impossible. We are currently testing a variety of foliar insecticides against LCB and will provide updates if/when any new information is available.

Rainfall and cooler temperatures will slow LCB populations, but once we get into an outbreak situation, we should not expect rainfall to alleviate the problem.”



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Flint River Drought Protection Act Meeting

Posted by romeethredge on July 17, 2014

EPD Stakeholder Meeting

Watershed Protection Branch 

Discussion of Possible Rule Changes

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss possible changes in the Flint River Drought Protection Act Rule. The meeting will be held on July 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the following location:

Albany State University
ACAD Building Auditorium
Corner of Radium Springs and Joseph Holley Circle, Albany, GA 31705

The purpose of this meeting is to inform and solicit input from the public and impacted organizations regarding possible revisions to Department of Natural Resources Rule 391-3-28, the Flint River Drought Protection Act Rule, as directed by Senate Bill 213.
EPD’s goals are to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to understand the process of rule revisions and provide input on the rule changes that are under consideration. The meeting will include time for stakeholder comments and EPD response to questions. Growers and Landowners are invited to attend.

More information and related handouts are available at this site:

EPD is accepting feedback from stakeholders on these issues through July 31, 2014.

Mail: James A. Capp, Chief, Watershed Protection Branch, EPD

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1152 East

Atlanta, GA 30334

RE: Flint River Drought Protection Rule – Stakeholder Meeting;

Subject: Flint River Drought Protection Rule – Stakeholder Meeting

Here are soybeans being irrigated this week in Seminole County.

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Cotton Prices

Posted by romeethredge on July 17, 2014


Here’s some info concerning the cotton market from UGA Ag Economist, Don Shurley.


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Sweet Corn Workshop – Camilla

Posted by romeethredge on July 17, 2014

Stripling Irrigation Research Park is hosting a Sweet Corn Production Workshop at SIRP on Tuesday July 22.

Here’s the tentative schedule for the Workshop:

9am – Welcome (Calvin Perry)

9:10am – Fertility and Varieties (Dr. Tim Coolong)

9:30am – Insect Management (Dr. Stormy Sparks)

9:50am – Weed Management (Andy Shirley)

10:10am – Weather Station Network (Dr. Ian Flitcroft)

10:30am – Break

10:45am – Irrigation Management including Drip (Dr. Gary Hawkins)

11:05am – Previous Irrigation Management Projects, Soil Moisture Sensors (Rad Yager)

11:25am – Precision Ag, Soil Mapping, Etc. (Dr. Wes Porter)

11:45am – Food Safety, Sanitation Management (Dr. Bill Hurst)

12:05pm – Lunch

**For lunch arrangements, we will need to get a head count.

Please RSVP today.

Calvin Perry

Voice 229-522-3623  Fax 229-522-3624



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