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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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Question of the Week – Scarlet Kingsnake

Posted by romeethredge on July 3, 2014

The snake I was sent a photo of to identify was a Scarlet Kingsnake, a good guy, not a coral snake which is poisonous. I had many correct responses, here are a few.

“That is a scarlet King Snake not a coral snake. Red and Yellow kill a fellow red and black friendly Jack” Jimmy Clements

“King snake… red on yellow, kills a fellow.” Josh Thompson

 “It is a king snake.” Calvin Atkinson

“Yellow on black, friend of Jack. Yellow on Red, Rome is dead.” Stephen Houston

They are very secretive and so they are rarely seen, and usually are 2 feet long or less. Here’s a link to a fact sheet.

This week’s question is about this pigweed that was growing in a strange fashion in a cotton field. What happened here?

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Question of the Week – Sprayer attached to Planters

Posted by romeethredge on June 27, 2014

Last week I had a photo of terrible pigweed and other weeds at the edge of a peanut field. And it was in an unusual pattern – for 6 rows control extended past the planted peanuts and the next 6 rows were weedy even where there were peanuts. Well, I had many correct answers.

The preemergence weed sprayer was mounted on the planters and when the tractor was headed in one direction the planter stopped and the sprayer cut off before the end of the field, when the tractor turned around to go the other way the spray was cut on and extended further from the field’s edge.

It’s makes you feel good about the control the grower is getting from the herbicides. (In this case it was Valor and Sonolan.)



This week I have a snake ID question for you. I got a photo of a snake sent to me yesterday for identification and here’s the photo. What is it and is it dangerous to people? Bonus points if you quote the poem about it.


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Question of the Week – Alligator Tracks

Posted by romeethredge on June 13, 2014


Last week I had a photo of the tracks or trail of wildlife coming out of a pond and Boone Utley of Tifton had the correct answer. I think the marking made by the big tail was a good clue.

The grower and I spotted the 5 to 6 foot gator in the pond while looking at some corn next to it that had some southern rust . Here’s the actual gator that made the tracks.

This week I have a weed ID question. What is this weed in my fingers?

Bonus question: What are the other seedling weeds beside my hand? Why is it important to know the difference in the two types?



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Question of the Week – Toadflax

Posted by romeethredge on June 7, 2014

Last week’s question was a weed ID question and the plant was Toadflax. (Nuttallanthus canadensis)

 Toadflax is spring-blooming wildflower.  It has lavender-blue flowers on top of wispy stalks up to two foot tall, with a few erect string-like leaves. Blooms appear from April to September. They prefer to grow in dry sandy soils in a sunny location. Toadflax is native to most of the Eastern U.S. and California. I don’t know how it got that name?




This week I have a wildlife tracker question. A corn grower and I were looking at his corn right next to a pond and this is what we saw at the pond’s edge. What left these markings?


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Question of the Week – Wood Duck

Posted by romeethredge on May 23, 2014

Last week I had a photo of a wood duck I saw on a country road. Here’s another photo of him. I had lots of correct answers this time. They are beautiful birds.



This week’s question is about this group of blooms I saw this week. What tree belongs to these blooms and what is it good for?



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Question of the Week – Green Heron

Posted by romeethredge on May 16, 2014

Last week I asked about a bird on Lake Seminole and it was a Green Heron.

Learn more about it at the Cornell Bird site

“The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish.”




Here’s this week’s question. I saw this bird while traveling down Peanut Bland road in southern Seminole county this week. What is it?


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Question of the Week – Bladderwort

Posted by romeethredge on May 8, 2014

Last week I had a photo of an aquatic weed that is carnivorous!!! Bladderwort.

 It tried to bite my hand!… No it doesn’t bite people but it does trap and digest tiny insects in the bladders that you can see in the photos.


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This week I want to ask about this bird we saw on Lake Seminole near the bladderwort. I got this photo as it was landing. What is it?


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Fish Pond Meeting

Posted by romeethredge on April 26, 2014

We will have a fish pond meeting in collaboration with the Seminole County Young Farmers group on Monday April 28th at 7:30 pm at Jo’s Family Restaurant(New Location) in Donalsonville. UGA Extension Scientist, Dr. Gary Burtle, will be here to talk to us about ponds and weed control in them. Come join us if you have an interest.

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Question of the Week – Coontie

Posted by romeethredge on April 4, 2014

Last week was a plant ID question. I had a photo of the fruit of a plant. I had no correct answers. It is a native Florida Coontie. The fruit was given to me by Mark Braxton of Marianna Florida, where it grows in his yard..



Here is some information from a UF publication that can be accessed here.

They are the food source for Atala butterflies.

Spanish writings from the sixteenth century report that the original native Timucuan and Calusa people and later Seminoles, removed the toxic chemical, cycasin, from the coontie stem  by maceration and washing. They then used the starchy residue to produce a bread. This was an important food source that sustained them throughout most of the year.

The common name, “coontie,” is derived from the Seminole phrase “conti hateka,” which means white root or white bread. Another name for the coontie is “Seminole bread.” The Seminoles also used the starchy stem to make another dish called “sofkee stew.”

Starch Industry. Around 1825, early settlers in the Fort Lauderdale area learned the Seminole’s technique of removing the toxin cycasin from the coontie to produce starch. By the 1880s, several mills were in business in Miami. During WWI, one mill was processing as much as 18 tons of coontie daily for military purchase. The starch content was said to range from 20% in winter to a low of 8% in summer. By 1911, the starch was known as “Florida Arrowroot.”


The coontie’s underground stem is more properly called a caudex. It contains both starch and a water soluble toxin. (Photo: Stephen Brown, UF/IFAS Lee County)


Here is this week’s question. Where was I last Saturday when I took this photo? And what was the water temperature?



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