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Archive for January, 2014

2014 UGA Peanut Update

Posted by romeethredge on January 20, 2014


The new 2014 UGA Peanut Update, or we often call it the Peanut Production Guide is now available on the web at this link. Lots of good information in here.


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Question of the Week – Sand Hill Cranes

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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Counting Wheat Tillers

Posted by romeethredge on January 17, 2014

We have counted tillers in several wheat fields today. There are 2 reasons for doing this. We need at least 2 tillers per plant to be able to put a good wild radish, chickweed and henbit control on some fields, MCPA plus Harmony extra is often used in our area.

Here the rows are 7.5 inches wide so we are measuring 19 inches down the row to get a square foot and counting total tillers in that area. Once we know the average number of tillers per square foot we can make some decisions about wheat sidedressing.  We want close to 100 tillers per square foot and if we are below that we generally go ahead with half our fertilizer sidedressing the last week in January and the rest the second week of February.

If we have 100 or so tillers per square foot and good growth and don’t see much yellowing of the older foliage, we can wait until the 2nd week of February to put all our sidedress fertilizer.

Most all the fields we checked today need the split fertilizer applications.


County agents Justin Ballew and Andrew Sawyer were helping me check wheat and oats today.

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Crop Budgets 2014

Posted by romeethredge on January 17, 2014

Here are two links to the 2014 Row Crop Budgets from UGA Extension Ag Economists.

Don Shurley, Nathan Smith and Amanda Smith

 The first link has the budgets in Microsoft Excel 2010 or earlier (.xlsx files):

The second link has the budgets in Microsoft Excel 2003 or earlier (.xls files):

Here’s an example of these budgets.

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Here’s the Updated Crop Comparison Tool

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Tomorrow – Peanut Farm Show in Tifton

Posted by romeethredge on January 15, 2014


Tomorrow is the Peanut Farm Show in Tifton.



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Florida Beef Conference

Posted by romeethredge on January 14, 2014

It looks like a good Beef Conference coming up in Marianna soon. Log onto their blog at this link for more information on this and other topics.

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Wet 2013

Posted by romeethredge on January 13, 2014

2013 was a wet year and I have some info from our Donalsonville weather station to give us an idea of how wet it was. Of course it rained more in some spots and less in others, but this weather station data is probably a good average of what we saw across deep southwest Georgia.

You can see here that we got over 79 inches for the year which is 26 inches more than average rainfall for us.



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I remember that May was dry but then June came in with a blast and it continued.  So in light of that I have a chart below showing the rainfall starting in June through the growing season. So in June, July and August we got over 40 inches of rain in a time when we normally get 15 inches.


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Cotton Workshop, Jan 22 – Tifton, Ga

Posted by romeethredge on January 13, 2014

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Question of the Week – White Pelican

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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Cold Weather

Posted by romeethredge on January 10, 2014

It has been very cool this week and we have some folks that have left sprinklers and fountains running to keep things from freezing up and to create works of art. There have been lots of reports of frozen and busted water pipes. Livestock have been patient as they have had to wait for thawing at times.

We saw 2 nights and a day without it getting above freezing which is very unusual for us here.

We have accumulated quite a few hours of temperatures below freezing in a week as you can see in the chart below from . I remember that last January was very warm throughout.


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The low here was around 17 Degrees F. and that shouldn’t cause much small grain damage at the stage it is in. Growth of all grains has been slowed  and Oats will be slowed down considerably, however.

Here’s a chart provided by Dr. Dewey Lee, UGA Extension Grains Scientist.

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Here’s another temperature accumulation chart showing how much we’ve received the whole  fall and winter.

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