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Question of the Week – Perennial Peanut

Posted by romeethredge on August 8, 2014

Last week I asked about a forage where they were cutting some for hay. It was Perennial Peanut. It makes an excellent, high quality hay for horses and all kinds of livestock.


Here’s some info from the UGA Forages web site.

Perennial peanut is a rhizomatous peanut species that produces high-quality forage and persists well in the area in which it is adapted. This tropical legume is native to South America in a region that mostly lies north of the 30°S latitude. As a result, perennial peanut generally does not survive well north of the 31.5°N latitude (roughly a line from Albany to Jesup). Within these locations, it is best suited to well-drained sandy or sandy loam soils. Varieties that are currently available do not have good cold tolerance and may winter-kill during severe winters.

Perennial peanuts are established by planting rhizomes during December – early March at 80 bushels per acre (up to 120 bushels per acre, if sprigs are inexpensive or freely available.). Perennial peanut may require two years or more to develop a solid stand after sprigging. The establishment phase will be minimized under irrigation. Once established, the stands do not generally tolerate close or continuous grazing. As a result, perennial peanut is primarily recommended for hay production. As a high-quality legume, perennial peanut is an excellent hay and baled silage crop.



This week I have this photo of a problem.  I was asked this week what to do about this situation, where they were trying to catch and get rid of armadillos digging in the yard.

What is it and what do we do now?




Posted in Forages, Wildlife | 3 Comments »

Question of the Week – Black Racer

Posted by romeethredge on July 24, 2014

Last week’s snake was a newly hatched Black Racer.

Here’s what the adult looks like.

species photo

Here’s some info from the Savannah River Ecology Lab.

“Black racers are only active during the daytime and are most active in warm weather. At night and during cool weather they take refuge in burrows or under cover such as boards or tin. Racers hunt by sight and are often observed actively foraging during the day. They are not active at night. They eat a wide variety of prey including insects, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, and amphibians.

Racers are faster than most other snakes, very agile, and generally flee when approached, often climbing into small trees or shrubs. If cornered, however, they do not hesitate to bite. Although primarily terrestrial, they climb well and are occasionally observed sleeping in vegetation at night. Racers mate in the spring, and females lay up to 36 eggs in early summer.”

Decatur county agent, Justin Ballew, showed me this butterfly this week. What is it?


Posted in Agriculture, Entomology, Wildlife | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

4-H Camp

Posted by romeethredge on July 23, 2014

 We had a good week at 4-H Camp a couple of weeks back and we learned a lot. We were at Camp Fortson, just south of Atlanta. Georgia has 5 camps across the state that stay busy with all kinds of good programs.

The week at Summer camp is educational and fun. We had several classes concerning the natural world around us. Here below we were in a great Herpetology class to learn and touch lots of reptiles and amphibians.

Did you know that there are 85 reptiles and 87 amphibians in Georgia?






Here’s a friendly corn snake.



And a Gopher Tortoise, as all turtles has 13 scutes on his back? You can see 9 of them here, with the other 4 on the other side.



How about some fun with Wet games? The giant slip and slide is always a hit.


Posted in 4H, Agriculture, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

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?

photo (10)




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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?

photo (7)




Posted in Agriculture, Weeds, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

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.


Posted in Peanuts, Weeds, Wildlife | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

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?



Posted in Weeds, Wildlife | 3 Comments »

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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