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2015 Ag Forecast, Bainbridge, Jan. 16th

Posted by romeethredge on December 18, 2014

The 2015 Ag Forecast Meetings have been planned and our closest one will be in Bainbridge on Jan. 16th.

Go to this site to register. Georgia Ag Forecast.

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Carinata Growth Update

Posted by romeethredge on December 12, 2014

This Carinata on the Seminole/Miller county line north of Donalsonville, is up to a good stand and is growing well.

It won’t be long until this oilseed is powering  jets in the sky overhead.

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Here’s a couple of photos taken a week ago when Miller county Agent Brock Ward was looking at the Carinata with me.

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Cattle Rustlin’ going on

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

The high cattle prices are tempting cowardly cattle rustlers. This warning  below was released by the Ga Cattlemen’s association.  It helps to know their modus operandi.


“We want to make everyone aware that we (Ga Cattlemen’s Association) have been contacted by the Sheriff of Barrow County (it’s between Atlanta and Athens) today. He has had cattle stolen from farms in his area as well as cattle trailers. They are working with the Sheriffs in surrounding counties to catch the thieves. These guys are using catch pens to put the cattle in, then feeding them for a couple of days, backing up the cattle trailer to the fence, cutting the fence and the cattle are loading easily.

As you well know, cattle prices are great and just a few cattle stolen can cost you greatly. We have seen this on the news for lots of states recently. We want to let everyone know that this is happening in Georgia. Please contact your local Sheriff’s office if you see anything suspicious. Monitor everything on your farm. If you see feed that you didn’t put out or the cattle around the catch pens then report it – report everything suspicious. If we all work together and look out for one another this can be stopped!


Georgia Cattlemen’s Association”

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Corn Yield Research 2013 and 2014

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

We have prepared a poster of corn yield research performed in farmer’s fields in the past 2 years in Seminole and Decatur Counties.

Thanks to the farmers and their folks that worked together with us to be able to present this information. Jud Greene, Jerry Jones and the Mims in Seminole, Willard, Clint and Greg.

Final Corn Poster 2013-2014

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Tri-State Cucurbit Meeting – Jan 23, 2015

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

A cucurbit meeting is coming up in Marianna Florida. This meeting will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, cantaloupe, squash and other cucurbits.


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EQUIP Signup

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014


The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph, for Georgia, announced a sign-up for this year’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and all Georgia producers who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply by December 19, 2014.

This year, the process is streamlined giving producers an opportunity to apply for all general EQIP, as well as special initiatives such as the Longleaf Pine, National Water Quality, On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel, StrikeForce, Working Lands for Wildlife and the North Georgia Irrigation Pilot Project, by making one visit to their local USDA Service Centers.

EQIP was originally established under the 1996 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. It provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and other natural resource concerns on private lands. EQIP conservation practices include, but are not limited to: pasture and hay land planting, heavy use areas, waste storage facilities, terracing, pest management, tree planting, seasonal high tunnels, organic crop assistance, and wildlife habitat management.

NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment. More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at under the Programs tab.

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Watermelon Weed Control 2015

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

Watermelon weed control can be a real problem. Now we have a few more options and possibilities.



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Question of the Week – Pomegranate

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

Last week I had a photo of Pomegranate blooms.

Domestication of the pomegranate is believed to have begun in Central Asia and Persia nearly 4,000 years
ago, and then spread east and west through hot, arid regions of India, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean coast.

Spanish settlers first introduced the fruit to North America, including missions on the Georgia coast, in the 16th century. Pomegranate has been a reasonably common backyard or dooryard plant in south Georgia for centuries. The plants are long-lived and bear fruit for decades. The origin of the Georgia plants is largely unknown.

The exterior (top) and interior (bottom), of the vase-shaped male (top flower) and peanut-shaped hermaphroditic (bottom flower) pomegranate.

We have a good UGA publication concerning Pomegranates.


This week’s question is…… Where in the world were we in this photo taken on the day after Thanksgiving (my children are in the photo) ?


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Georgia Winter Climate Outlook – weak El Nino

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

Hey, it was a cool November … here’s some ice on a mud puddle in Donalsonville on November 19th when the temperature got down to 22.8 degrees F.

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NOAA reports that it was the 2nd coldest November since 1895 for Alabama and Mississippi and the 4th coldest on record for Georgia.

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According to the outlook below it may be another cold winter.

Winter Weather Outlook by Pam Knox, Agricultural Climatologist, UGA Crop and Soil Sciences.

In the coming months, the climate is expected to be affected by the development of a weak El Nino, which has been brewing in the eastern Pacific Ocean for the last few months. Although an El Nino has not been officially declared yet, a weak event is expected to develop in the next couple of months.

Typically with a weak El Nino, southern Georgia experiences a cooler and wetter winter than usual. This year there is a 66 percent chance of seeing El Nino return. This would allow a reduction or even removal of the drought designation in southern Georgia and would recharge soil moisture across the area.

In northern Georgia, weak El Ninos do not have much of an effect and other factors become more important.

This year climatologists consider that we may see a continuation of the weather pattern that has dominated the climate for most of 2014, with a ridge of high pressure and temperature in the western US and a trough of low pressure and cool air out of Canada in the east.

This could lead to a relatively cool winter for us, although most climatologists don’t expect to see a winter like last year. It will be interesting to see which weather pattern dominates in this coming winter.

To get updates on climate conditions, please visit her blog .

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Question of the Week – Hickory nut

Posted by romeethredge on December 5, 2014

Last week I had a photo of a Hickory nut and shuck. Pecans are related to Hickorys.

“Property owners should recognize their beauty and value their presence in naturalized areas. Although extremely beautiful and valuable to wildlife, hickories develop a deep taproot and are difficult to transplant. Only recently has the nursery industry developed pots that enable hickories to be grown from seed, which will make them more widely available in the future.”

Here’s a link to UGA Publication, Native Plants of Georgia

This week I have a bloom that I want you to identify. I took this photo on November 4th.


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