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Archive for August, 2013

2012 Corn Production Efficiency Award

Posted by romeethredge on August 22, 2013

Stephen Scott was honored recently for corn he grew last year. He got 2nd place in the Georgia High Yield Corn Production Efficiency program. This program looks at documented yields of a minimum of one acre of corn and it takes into account the efficiency with which it was grown. All costs are looked at.

Stephen grew some Pioneer 2023 corn that yielded 291bushels per acre. He grew it for $2.69 per bushel.  We are proud to have  many farmers here that do a great job with corn production.  I get calls from all over Georgia asking how our farmers do things and what they do in certain situations and circumstances with the corn crops.

The photo below is him in some of this year’s corn which also did well, but not like last year.




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2013 UGA Cotton and Peanut Field Day

Posted by romeethredge on August 21, 2013

Mark your calendars for the 2013 UGA Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day, which is scheduled for Wednesday September 11th, 2013 in Tifton. The field day will begin at the UGA Gibbs Farm (226 William Gibbs Rd, Tifton, GA) at 8:30 a.m., and will end with lunch at the UGA Black Shank Pavilion. This field day is sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Peanut Commission, and will showcase the latest innovative research supported by our commissions. All producers, extension personnel, and industry representatives are welcomed and encouraged to attend. In order to secure an accurate head count for the meal, please RSVP to Mrs Michelle Pitts at or 229-386-3006 if you wish to attend. We hope to see you there.

Tentative Agenda:

8:30-9:00 a.m. Arrival at Gibbs Farm (226 William Gibbs Rd, Tifton)

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:05 a.m. Discussion of Logistics / Load Trams

9:20 a.m. Cotton Agronomics, Fertility, & Breeding Research

10:00 a.m. Peanut Agronomics, Entomology, Fertility, & Breeding Research

10:45 am Depart for the Lang Farm (230 Rigdon Altman Rd, Tifton)

11:10 a.m. Load Trams at the Lang / Rigdon Farm

11:20 a.m. Cotton Physiology, Entomology, Diseases, & Engineering

12:00 noon Peanut Diseases, & Cropping Systems

12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Blackshank Pavillion Cotton Economics Peanut Economics Comments from the Georgia Cotton Commission Comments from the Georgia Peanut Commission Comments from Dean Angle

Please RSVP to Mrs. Michelle Pitts at 229-386-3006 or by Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 if you wish to attend, so that we can have an accurate head count for the meal.


For more information go to the UGA Cotton Blog at

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Question of the Week – Stork and Roseate Spoonbill

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

Myles Gibson had the right answer to last week’s question, there was a Roseate Spoonbill and a Wood Stork. I have seen storks before here but not the spoonbills. They are both interesting birds. Here’s another photo of a stork I took.


Here’s some info from Cornell University  about the Wood Stork, Mycteria Americana.                                  

               ” A large, white, bald-headed wading bird of the southeastern swamps, the Wood Stork is the only stork breeding in the United States. Its late winter breeding season is timed to the Florida dry season when its fish prey become concentrated in shrinking pools.”

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Here’s some Roseate Spoonbill,Platalea ajaja, info from Cornell. It looks like they aren’t supposed to be here by looking at the range map.


                “A bizarre wading bird of the southern coasts, the Roseate Spoonbill uses its odd bill to strain small food items out of the water. Its bright pink coloring leads many Florida tourists to think they have seen a flamingo.”


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This week I want you to identify the crop growing behind Eddie Cook here, up above Bainbridge. I’m covering Decatur County now until they get a new Ag agent.

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Peanut Maturity

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

I ran the first peanut maturity sample today on some 127 day old peanuts. They were planted on April 11th. They look like they are at least 3 weeks from maturity and so they will be 150 days old or so. We felt like peanuts would go a little longer this year due to the cool conditions.

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Watering Peanuts

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

Some areas aren’t getting rain now and our crop root systems aren’t the best since we have had such a wet summer. I see many systems running and that is good, we need to supply water where needed. It has also started to warm up and with several recent days in the mid – nineties, plants are using lots of water.

We have fields with large wet areas but some parts of the field are dry.

Here is a chart from the UGA Peanut Production Guide showing how much water peanuts use at different times in their progression.

And the irrigation schedule chart below that shows that most peanuts need about 2 inches per week now, weeks 13 through 17, this would be 90 days old up to around 120 days of age.

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Satsuma Production Meeting

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

There will be a Satsuma production meeting in Valdosta Georgia on August 22 for those interested in this endeavor. Please call them at the number below if you plan to participate.

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Donalsonville Peanut Update Meeting

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

Seminole County Extension in collaboration with the Seminole County Young Farmers group will have a Peanut Crop update on Monday night, Aug. 19th. We will meet at 7:30 pm at the Ag Center at the school for supper and Dr. John Beasley, UGA Extension Crop Scientist will be here to give us the latest on what he is seeing this year in our peanut crop.

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Geese in Peas

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

A grower called me, asking if geese will eat up his young southern pea plants.  I didn’t know, so I went to observe them and there were about 50 in the pea field. There was no damage to the plants where they were, so I guess they were just hanging out there. We’ll keep an eye on them.


Maybe they will provide pigweed control.



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Wet Spots

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

There are still lots of wet areas in all fields. Corn combines have been stuck repeatedly as well as all types of equipment. Some spots dried out a little but we will still see yield loss in these areas. Irrigation systems were put back into service due to recent heat and less rain in some areas. Irrigation systems often have to travel through wet areas to get around fields. Systems have been getting stuck in many areas.  Here’s a contributed photo of a farmer’s son trying to help get a system out of a bog where water is at least 6 feet deep. Notice the small gator in the bottom left that came out to observe.

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Wet spots like this in peanut fields will cost us yield.


Large areas of some fields have been affected, like this one in a cotton field.


Corn combine had to be pulled through this wet area.


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Soybeans Look Good

Posted by romeethredge on August 16, 2013

We have a few full season soybeans that are setting a good crop. Most have been sprayed for kudzu bugs and loopers and diseases.


Soybean loopers have been eating.

Soybean loopers have been eating.


Ultra late soybeans planted after corn harvest look ok. They are later than usual but we still hope for a good harvest if we have a warm fall. Some foliage feeding caterpillars have been seen on them.

Ultra late soybeans have needed irrigation.

Ultra late soybeans have needed irrigation.



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