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Archive for February, 2013

Corn Planting to Get going after it dries off some

Posted by romeethredge on February 28, 2013

Very little corn has been planted, but after we get some drying it will be prime time, if soil temperatures stay up. On the Georgiaweather.net web site you can see that the 2 inch soil temperature has been above 55 degrees for several days now, but there is cold weather in the forecast.  I looked at some corn that had been in the ground for 6 days and it was growing slowly and a good ways from emerging.  See the field below, most of the field was above water except for this acre or so that was very wet. _DSC3403_DSC3405

 

 

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Question of the Week – Moon Ring

Posted by romeethredge on February 28, 2013

I had several good answers from last week’s question. You can read some of the comments below last week’s post. Bob Dutton had the following answer, “Moon ring or “winter halo”  appears in the winter caused by moonlight passing through ice crystals. The “halo” usually appears a few days before bad weather.”

It was interesting to watch. It occurred here on Jan 21 , 2013.

This week I want you to tell me what this is a photo of below.

 

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It’s Wet after 2 Weeks of Rain

Posted by romeethredge on February 28, 2013

Here's a canola field with flooding.

Here’s a canola field with flooding.

34 years of groundwater level data here shows how we have good recharge in most years.

34 years of groundwater level data here shows how we have good recharge in most years.

 We’ve had 10 to 20 inches of rain in the last couple of weeks and it’s really wet. There is water in places that there hasn’t been in a long while. It was interesting to me how groundwater level came up and this past Tuesday it rose past the 34 year average level for the first time in more than 2 years at one of the nearby test wells. Now it’s about 15 feet down to water in the test well, which is 10 feet better than the 34 year average.  So, as we often see here, the aquifer has recharged and we are in good shape if we’ll keep getting some rains as time goes along.

Groundwater levels are up!

Groundwater levels are up!

Here are groundwater levels for the past year, at the test well near Brinson, Ga.

Here are groundwater levels for the past year, at the test well near Brinson, Ga.

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Seagulls are wondering about all the water in fields.

Seagulls are wondering about all the water in fields.

Some areas of wheat fields are under water. A little corn had been planted and areas of those fields are under water.

Some areas of wheat fields are under water. A little corn had been planted and areas of those fields are under water.

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Palmer Amaranth Control in 2013

Posted by romeethredge on February 28, 2013

Here is the new chart with UGA Recommendations for the best Palmer Amaranth control in Cotton from Dr. Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension Weed Science. If you have trouble seeing these charts, go to this link for larger files, http://www.gaweed.com/HomepageFiles/2013Palmerhandout-finalFeb12.pdf

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Peanut Proud Event

Posted by romeethredge on February 26, 2013

The Peanut Proud event is coming soon to Blakely Georgia. Go to their web site for more information. http://www.peanutproud.com/

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Weed Control Meeting

Posted by romeethredge on February 24, 2013

On Monday Feb 25 at Noon we will hold a local Weed Control meeting at the Donalsonville Lions Hall. Dr. Eric Prostko and Dr Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension Scientists, will be here to update us for 2013.

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Question of the Week – Oats and Rye

Posted by romeethredge on February 19, 2013

Last week the small grains in the photo were oats on the left and rye on the right. They are grown here for cattle forage and as a cover crop predominately. Cattle like oats and oats grow well here unless we get hard, sustained cold temperatures. Rye is a good choice as well for forage and it will continue to grow well in cold conditions. It also makes a very good cover crop.

This week I have a photo I took a few weeks ago of the moon. I want to know about the ring?

Later,

Rome

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Beef Cattle ShortCourse – Tifton, Ga

Posted by romeethredge on February 19, 2013

Fullscreen capture 2192013 104349 AMHere’s info on the shourtcourse that will be held on March 5 , 2013 with the sale to take place the next day.

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Seminole County Chamber of Commerce Market Hog Show

Posted by romeethredge on February 19, 2013

What a good day for a hog show it was, this past Saturday.  These young people had been working hard, with their show pigs, to prepare for it. There were lots of winners and some that didn’t win much but they learned a lot as well from the experience, sometimes more.   _DSC3125 _DSC3122_DSC3119

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New Peanut Variety Releases

Posted by romeethredge on February 19, 2013

New Peanut Releases in 2013 – There are two new peanut cultivar releases for 2013, Georgia-12Y from the University of Georgia and TUFRunner ‘727’ from the University of Florida, says Dr. John Beasley, UGA Extension Scientist. Both of these cultivars are still in the very early stages of seed increase and will not have any commercially available seed in 2013. We hope to include each of these two cultivars in our trials this year to get an idea how they compare to the commercially available cultivars.

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