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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Corn – A week after planting

Posted by romeethredge on March 5, 2016


Corn planted a week ago (Feb. 27th) is doing pretty well.  A pretty hard crust developed midweek in some fields and we thought we’d have to water it but the good timely rain came Thursday night. There is still danger of future frosts causing damage to this early planted corn but spreading out risk is usually a very good idea. There was some concern as we had 2 hard frosts last Saturday and Sunday mornings. Soils never did cool that much however, thankfully.

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Here’s the average daily soil temperatures at the 2 inch level for this last week at the Donalsonville Weather Station.

Sat         Sun         M           Tues       Wed       Thurs     Fri

57           58           60           62           64           60           59


This next week should be just right for corn planting with less chance of future cold damage on it and warmer soil temperatures for quick emergence. When it dries off enough to plant.

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Wheat – Powdery Mildew

Posted by romeethredge on February 26, 2016

Brock Ward, Miller county agent, recently posted info about what he’s seeing in the wheat fields.

He said, “Today while checking some wheat fields, I noticed some powdery mildew in the lower canopy.  This disease isn’t particularly a problem for us but under the right conditions, can warrant treatment.”

To go to his blog post with photos click on the following, Spring Creek Extension News.


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Plant Corn?

Posted by romeethredge on February 26, 2016

Whether to plant corn now or wait a while is what we are thinking about….


Lots to consider.

In some spots that question is answered due to soils being too wet. We don’t want to make a mess by planting when too wet, for sure.

Often we look at soil temperatures. On corn we look at the 2 inch depth.


As I’m writing this at 8:30 on Friday morning the 2 inch soil temperature at the Donalsonville Airport is 51 degrees. But it should rise during the day. What we really need to look at is the average over the last few days. It’s in pretty good shape. Going back in time from yesterday 58,63,64,63. At soil temps above 60 corn comes up quickly. As long as we have 55 it will still emerge but a little slower.


Tonight will be cool but after that we will be in a warming trend with no heavy rains coming so we should be good to go. I couldn’t argue with getting a field planted before then. We don’t know how cold it will get in the next few weeks, so we may want to space out plantings, but it could get real rainy in a hurry so we need to have some in the ground, too.


Here’s a photo from last year. I like the shirt. We need Doctors, carpenters, plumbers, consultants a lot but we need farmers at least 3 times a day!! I kinda like to eat that often and I like my cotton shirts, too.



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Alabama Florida Peanut Show 2016

Posted by romeethredge on February 6, 2016

Trade show  and seminars coming up in Dothan, Feb. 11.

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Florida U-Scout Site – Tutor

Posted by romeethredge on February 6, 2016

I ran across this Univ. of Florida site that is real good. I like the vegetable tutor slidesets. The cucurbit one is real good. Click on link below.


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Question of the Week – Horseshoe Crab

Posted by romeethredge on February 6, 2016

Last week I had a photo of something I found on the beach, a large Horseshoe Crab.  This one’s probably a female since they are usually a third larger than the males. They are amazing creatures that God created for us and our scientists and doctors are using them in amazing ways to help mankind.

The scientific name is Limulus polyphemus, and it’s found in North America along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Maine to Mexico. They are harmless although their tail makes us think of something that stings. They use the tail to turn themselves upright if they get flipped over. They have 10 walking legs and 9 eyes.

 I like them too, because I believe God created things pretty much as they are today and this creature confounds evolutionists. They can’t understand why it hasn’t evolved.

They are extremely important to  biomedicine because their unique, copper-based blue blood contains a substance called Limulus amebocyte lysate. It coagulates in the presence of  bacterial toxins so it’s used to test for sterility of medical equipment and intravenous drugs. The compound eyes of the horseshoe crab has helped us understand human vision.


Now for this week’s question. What is this I found in a dark drawer?



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Peanut Nematode is a Bad Boy

Posted by romeethredge on January 29, 2016

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Click here to go to my article in the Southeast Farm Press, concerning nematodes .

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Question of the Week – Eastern Toe Biter

Posted by romeethredge on January 29, 2016

Last week I had a photo of a large insect I’ve often seen, but that amazes me every time I see one. It’s the Eastern Toe Biter aka Giant Waterbug.  They aren’t  beetles but are true bugs like the stinkbug. They are able to inflict a painful bite with their strong beak, and may also pinch with their front legs. They prey on aquatic insects, small fish, frogs, tadpoles, small birds, and other organisms they are able to capture in the water. Powerful enzymes are injected into prey to kill them. They are considered a delicacy in Asia.



Here’s this week’s question. What is this animal I found last week and why is it important and special? This was one of the largest I’ve come across.


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New County Agent in Seminole County

Posted by romeethredge on January 28, 2016

Chase HembreeChase Hembree will be the new Agricultural Agent with The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Seminole County  starting on February 1st.

Chase was raised in Newton, Georgia by Pat and Jahnette Etheridge.  He graduated from Westwood High School in Camilla, GA where he participated in the 4-H in Mitchell County. He attended Darton College for 2 years before transferring to Auburn University. Chase graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy and Soils.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and training retrievers.
Come to a meet and greet for the new Ag Agent on Wednesday, Feb 3 at the Seminole County Extension Office at 426 North Friendship Avenue 3:00pm -5:00pm.


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Ag Person of the Year 2015

Posted by romeethredge on January 28, 2016

Here is the announcement of this year’s Ag Person by Jeff Braswell.

“It is an honor and privilege to stand before you today to present the “AG Person of the Year Award”. Our recipient has been in the business of providing financial assistance to farmers for over 40 years.  She has served the agricultural community here and in neighboring counties along with counties in both Alabama and Florida. This year’s honoree has had the opportunity to provide loans to generations of farmers, cattlemen and others in agricultural related businesses. I myself am the third generation, of farmers from my family, to have the opportunity to do business with her.
She began her career as an AG Lender in 1975 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There she had the opportunity to provide loans to many first-time farmers. She also made operating loans, farm ownership loans, soil and water loans, and rural housing loans low for income rural families. Many first time rural home buyers were assisted by this program. While employed in this capacity she served as the FHA’s Assistant County Supervisor, County Supervisor, and EEO Chairperson for Georgia. During her tenure with the USDA she was named County Supervisor of the Year, and she testified before the Senate AG Committee in Washington concerning Emergency Loan Assistance for GA farmers.
Our recipient was later employed with First Federal Savings Bank of Southwest GA where she served as Executive Vice President.  There she continued to make loans to those employed in agriculture.  Some of those loans were made through the USDA Guaranteed Loan Program. Today’s Honoree made the first USDA Guaranteed Housing Loan in the state of Georgia while employed there. She had the opportunity to provide training to other lenders, regarding the Guaranteed Loan Program, at seminars in Washington D.C.FullSizeRender
The Honoree’s most recent employment is with People’s South Bank there she’s made those same loans to farmers in the states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama, as City President at several of the bank’s branches.  Her dedication to her job and the love for agriculture has earned her the trust and respect of many farmers in this community. Several of them loved and respected her so much that no matter where she worked, even if in another state they did their business with her, my Dad was one of them.
Our award winner has served on numerous boards including the Albany Area Community Service Board, the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, the Ashford Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the Donalsonville Lion’s Club.  This year’s honoree is a dedicated supporter of and all area livestock functions, the 4-H and the FFA, where she received the Honorary Member Award. She is an active member of Flat Creek Baptist Church and serves on the Benevolence Committee there.
Our Recipient has recently retired, but continues to work part-time with People’s South and enjoys raising cattle with her husband and son on their farm located just over the line in Miller County. She is married to Carlton Thomas; they have two sons Cory-Holly Thomas, Kyle-Amy Thomas along with four grandchildren. Please join me in congratulating this year’s AG Person of the Year, a great friend to agriculture for many years and a second mother to me, I can say that because she calls me son, Mrs. Dianne Thomas.”

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