Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category
Posted by romeethredge on March 8, 2014
Last week I had a photo of a corn planting rig and my question was about the set of round coulters out in front of the set where the seeds are coming out. That set of coulters go into the soil about 2 inches deeper than the seed will be placed and about 2 inches to one side. There is a tube inside the coulters that pours out liquid fertilizer , we call it pop up. The placement is so that the young seedling will get it very quickly. But we don’t put it right in the seed furrow so as not to burn the seedling with the strong fertilizer. This is the preferred 2 by 2 starter fertilizer placement for field corn. It usually is mostly Phosphorus with some Nitrogen. Phosphorus is important for young seedlings , especially with cool soils.
I remember my ABAC Soil Science professor, Mr. Sibbett, teaching us about this in his, sometimes crude way. “Plants have trouble taking up phosphorus when it is cool, conso…dam…quently, we need some phosphorus close to the seedling. There…dam… fore starter fertilizer is important.” They broke the mold after making him.
Here is this week’s question.
I was called out to identify a floating pond weed yesterday. Here are 2 photos, what is it?
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Posted by romeethredge on February 18, 2014
Sunny weather has been nice the last few days and some Lime has been spread and some fertilizer going out and some sweet corn is reportedly beginning to be planted.
Here’s some disking happening in southern Seminole County.
Red Maples are doing their thing and supplying some nectar and pollen for this honeybee.
Daffodils are blooming in some yards now as well.
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Posted by romeethredge on January 29, 2014
A good many folks knew what was causing the damage to the wheat field, wild hogs. David Pearce of Jakin Peanut and
Jimmy Laska of Dupont were some quick correct answerers.
Jimmy says ” Appears to be signs of the infamous “Sus scrofa domesticus”. AKA, hog, pig, piney wood rooter, razor back, South GA plague!”
Some of this damage was very fresh, plants just dug up, and I got an eerie feeling out in this remote field by myself at sunset, I think they were watching for me to leave.
The biological family that pigs belong to is the Suidae family. Is that why we sometimes call them by saying “Suu eee pig”?
This had been a peanut field last summer and there were a few peanuts still around that it looked like the pigs were digging and eating. I remember old timers talking about getting their swine out of their pens and hogging off peanut fields after harvest.
This week I want to ask you what these plants are and what is going on here with them?
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Posted by romeethredge on January 17, 2014
Last week I had more birds for you to identify from up near Colquit, Ga. They were Sand Hill Cranes, and I have not seen them here before. They are large birds. Here’s another photo of them I took last week.
They are long lived birds that have an interesting call. See their range below.
This week I have another question for you. What is this growing on a fruit tree and how many forms does it appear in? Does it hurt the tree?
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Posted by romeethredge on January 10, 2014
Last week I had a photo of some large birds I saw on the Chattahoochee river. I have heard reports of them on Lake Seminole and on Ray’s Lake here in Seminole County as well. They are a little larger than the brown pelicans we often see at the beach. They don’t dive like the brown pelicans from the air but they scoop up fish and other food.
They are here and in a few other areas in the winter. Mostly they stay in Canada in the summer.
This week I have the following question. What are these large birds that Bryan Wells of Meherrin Ag in Colquitt called me about this week. They are in a wet area below Colquitt.
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Posted by romeethredge on January 3, 2014
Last week I showed you a photo of a mound of soil ( I was going to say dirt but my soil science class professor at ABAC said that dirt is what is under your fingernails, what plants grow in is soil). I found numerous mounds near Live Oak Florida and it took me a while to figure out what they are. They had no ants in them , no surface digging around them, no holes in the center like an earthworm leaves, they weren’t shallow uplifted trails like a mole digs.
There were these mounds of sandy soil every few feet. So it’s Pocket Gophers causing the mounds as they dig their deep tunnels they push soil to the surface every few feet. They are also called Salamanders by some folks. Of course a true salamander looks kind of like a lizard. The name is probably a language deal where they were called “sandy – mounders” and that changed over time to Salamanders. I’d like to know if folks have seen them in Southwest Georgia very commonly.
Here’s some information about it from the UGA Museum of Natural History.
The body is covered in short hair, which is medium to dark brown on the upper parts and brownish gray on the belly. Total length is from 10 – 12 in. The Southeastern Pocket Gopher has a thickset body, stout front legs with large claws, external fur-lined cheek pouches, and a hairless tail.
The Southeastern Pocket Gopher searches for food by digging burrows. Roots, tubers, stems, and other plant materials that are encountered are stored temporarily in cheek pouches. Once the pouches are full, the gopher empties their contents into chambers excavated especially for food storage. The deepest part of the burrow is a grass-lined nest chamber. The Pocket Gopher is easily detected by the presence of numerous mounds of soil which have been excavated from the burrow system. The Southeastern Pocket Gopher is found in upland areas of dry, sandy soil or well drained, fine-grained gravely soils, where burrows can be easily dug.
The Southeastern Pocket Gopher has a very limited distribution. It is found only on the Coastal Plains of Georgia, Alabama, and the northern half of Florida
Now for this week’s question.
During the holidays I went boat riding on the Chattahoochee River just below the Lake Walter F. George aka Lake Eufaula Dam.
I saw these large birds I have never seen before, What are they?
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Posted by romeethredge on December 6, 2013
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Posted by romeethredge on November 26, 2013
Blackbirds are causing problems again. Some growers have said that blackbirds are worse in certain areas. We have large roosting areas along the Chattahoochee river here and it may cause it to be a worse problem locally. Here’s a link back to another post I’ve done with some remedies.
Here are some photos I took last week of the problem in grain sorghum. The propane exploders help. I like these because they move around and so the main blast of noise goes into different directions.
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Posted by romeethredge on September 28, 2013
Daddy and I took a short fishing trip to the bottom of Spring creek on Lake Seminole last Saturday. We didn’t catch very many fish but there’s so much to see on the lake it didn’t matter.
One of the many birds we saw was a Tricolored heron. I took the photos of it below and I didn’t realize there was an alligator in the shots until just now. He was just swimming by as you can see in the second photo. It’s a medium-sized, slender heron of the southeastern United States, the Tricolored Heron was formerly known as the Louisiana Heron. Here’s a link to more info about the heron from Cornell University.
This Osprey, aka fishhawk, was watching us closely.
I’m always amazed at the size of the Kingfisher’s head.
Also the Moorhens were busy and the young one is showing how they can walk on lily pads.
The Water Hyacinth is pretty invasive but pretty up close. The Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive plants says it came into that state in 1884. Here’s a link to more information.
“ This invasive nuisance is planta non grata in much of the world where it often jams rivers and lakes with uncounted thousands of tons of floating plant matter. A healthy acre of water hyacinths can weigh up to 200 tons! In the U.S., water hyacinth is present throughout the southeast, as well as in California and Washington state. In Florida, where for 100 years this weed had the upper-hand in water management, the water hyacinth in most places is under “maintenance control”: field crews constantly working to keep the plant numbers at their lowest possible levels, in exchange for the rivers and lakes remaining usable.”
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Posted by romeethredge on September 12, 2013
Yes, Deer like peanut leaves and will sometimes get a taste for the pods and will dig them. Here’s a shot of the hoof prints entering the field. One Florida study cites $3.5 million in annual peanut losses to deer problems in north Florida.
This week I want you to identify this big caterpillar that was brought in last week. What is it?
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