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Archive for February, 2014

Fertilizer Spreader Evaluation

Posted by romeethredge on February 28, 2014

We are  spreading a lot of fertilizer in preparation for corn planting and its important to make sure you are getting a good pattern in the field.  Most newer spreaders calculate the rate per acre for you, in other words, you may know how many pounds of material you are putting out per acre.

But we are also concerned with the spread over the area. We want an even spread with no heavy or light streaks. This UGA publication at the link below covers how to evaluate your fertilizer spreader in detail. Also most spreaders come with a good guide to help with this process.

Last week we checked out this spreader with Brad Thompson and with a few adjustments it is spreading evenly and doing a good job. We put out containers to catch fertilizer behind the spreader and put grates in them to keep bouncing out down to a minimum and then later poured them into vials so that we could line them up and see if there were problems.

We also ran the next through to see how much fertilizer came from next door to the run we were measuring, overlap.


Here, below we see how much overlap we have.


Fertilizer flying out onto the field.





Empty the pan into vials according to location of the pan.



Checking out the levels in the vials to see how good our spread is.




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Wheat Disease – Powdery Mildew Seen

Posted by romeethredge on February 28, 2014

We are seeing some powdery mildew in wheat. Thomas and Randolph County agents reported it earlier this week and I’ve seen it in a couple of fields here. Some varieties have less resistance to it so it’s worse in them.

It’s not a disease that usually causes much yield loss so we are not too concerned about it. The general rule is to control it if it climbs within a couple of leaves of the flag leaf. Here are some photos taken yesterday.



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Wheat – Time running out for Herbicides

Posted by romeethredge on February 27, 2014

Our wheat is at full tiller and entering the jointing stage in some cases. By jointing time we need to have our fertilizer out and most herbicide applications done. Rain has held us out of some fields and this has been a problem that is getting critical. Phenoxy herbicides like MCPA can cause damage to the plant and hurt yields if sprayed on late.

Mark Hanna and I were checking some of his wheat today to see what stage it is in and we saw that it will soon be jointing. Herbicides have gone out already in most of his fields and he will get his final herbicide in this field on in a day or 2 to prevent injury and possible yield loss. The final sidedress fertilizer has already gone on and the wheat looks very good with good tillering.  The closeup in the second photo shows the tiny developing grain head he’s pointing at with the knife. You can see the beginning of a hollow stem developing just below the grain head.  We want to keep ground equipment out of fields after jointing as well because we get more damage to the plant after this point.





Here’s a chart from the UGA Wheat Production guide that shows how much injury we can get at different growth stages.

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Question of the Week – Saucer or Japanese Magnolia

Posted by romeethredge on February 27, 2014

Last week I had a photo of the imported, early blooming Saucer Magnolia aka Japanese or Chinese magnolia. It blooms very early and then is a pretty much non descript small tree the rest of the year.

Here’s another couple of photos of it that I took last week.


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This week I want to ask you a planting equipment question. What is the purpose of the circular coulters in front here and why are they to one side?



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New Peanut Herbicide

Posted by romeethredge on February 22, 2014

Warrant recently received both federal and state approvals for use on peanuts in Georgia. Here are a few of Dr. Eric Prostko’s, UGA Extension weed Scientist, thoughts regarding its potential use in 2014:

1) The current supplemental label only permits PRE and/or EPOST applications (before flowering).

2) Of these 2 timings, he would prefer to see EPOST applications of Warrant tank-mixed with Gramoxone + Storm + NIS.

3) At this point in time, Dr. Prostko has NOT observed any real differences in weed control between Dual Magnum and Warrant based peanut weed control programs . However, there is some data that suggests that Warrant might be a better choice for non-irrigated fields.

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Some Field Work going on

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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Question of the Week – Okame Flowering Cherry

Posted by romeethredge on February 18, 2014

Last week I had a photo of a tree that was blooming now in Seminole County and it’s the Okame Flowering Cherry. The earliest of the cherries to bloom here. It reminds me a lot of Red bud, which is a native, but they bloom a little later and the bloom on them is different, more southern pea-like.

Here a couple more photos of it.





This week’s question is the following. I had no correct answers last week so I have an easier one this week. What is this flowering tree that is in full bloom this week in south Georgia?



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Market Hog Show a Success

Posted by romeethredge on February 18, 2014

This past Saturday we had the 2014 Seminole Chamber Hog Show with 53 FFA and 4-H Exhibitors showing 76 market hogs. It’s a good project for young people and our community supports it well. Thanks to the Hog show committee who put a lot of work into this event.

Here are the K through 5th graders. then the 6th through 8th graders and in the third photo are the high schoolers.





Here’s Kyle Temples who won the Sportsmanship Award.



Chamber President Brenda Broome awards Jesse Ethredge the Fennell Memorial Chamber Scholarship.


Katie Cofty had the Grand Champion Barrow which was also named the Supreme Champion of the Show.




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Crop Insurance – Farm Bill

Posted by romeethredge on February 17, 2014

Here are some slides prepared by UGA Ag Economists Nathan Smith and Don Shurley pertaining to the new farm Bill implications concerning crop insurance.

Here’s a link to more farm bill info. 2014 Farm Bill


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Project Achievement – 4-H

Posted by romeethredge on February 14, 2014

We had a great group of Seminole County young people to represent us at 4-H Junior – Senior Project Achievement at Rock Eagle near Eatonton Georgia last weekend.

This was 7th through 12th graders, who worked all year on their 4H projects and then completed a recordbook or portfolio of their activities this past December. Then, this past weekend showed their talent in public speaking about their project or performing if they had a vocal or instrumental project. We also had several in foods projects that cooked in front of judges and answered questions about food safety and nutrition. We took 25 participants, the most we’ve ever had there at this event. This was a district competition(40 counties or so) and we had many high placing’s and 5 will progress on to State Congress in July.   Our leader was 4-H agent Cindy Meadows, who does a wonderful job. Program Assistant Heather Meadows , I, and bus driver and volunteer Jill Earnest went as well.



We had a large group from the Class of 2014 that we will really miss next year. They have been some great 4-H’ers. Here they are looking for the Loch Ness monster, I suppose.


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