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Cotton Acreage Higher?

Posted by romeethredge on June 30, 2014

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Cotton Blooming

Posted by romeethredge on June 27, 2014

We are seeing some cotton moving into the blooming stage now. Recent good heat has helped moved it along well. We need to have our sidedress nitrogen on before bloom.



Seeing some scattered problems with aphids. Cotton can stand a good many of them but we get concerned when we see clorosis and twisting in the growing point. This photo is from a small spot in a dryland field. We will likely soon see the beneficial fungus ( beneficial for us, harmful to the aphids) that takes them out pretty well.


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Corn Pollination

Posted by romeethredge on June 27, 2014

Corn pollination, like all of the processes God created, is miraculous. You have the tassels up top providing the pollen that sprinkles down at the right time so that a pollen grain falls on each silk and then travels down the silk tube to the kernel. This has to happen for each of the hundreds of kernels on the cob. If you look closely at an ear you can sometimes see misses here and there. In stressed situations you can see a good bit of this, such as hot dry conditions on dryland corn.

A corn ear doesn’t get pollinated just by its own pollen but gets it from all around. Usually this goes on for about a week but for 4 days or so of intensive shed of pollen. One plant can release a half a million pollen grains a day. There will be some variability in the field as to when this happens.

Here below we see a corn plant that probably came up a little later and is shorter than the adjacent plants. It likely silked later and since the silk emerges from the bottom to the top of the ear, by the time the top silks emerged there was a shortage of pollen and we see that the top didn’t get pollinated.  We see this sometimes on second ears as well if they are present.

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Spring Creek Near Brinson

Posted by romeethredge on June 27, 2014

Spring Creek near Brinson, Ga is looking good. We kayaked and paddleboarded and ropeswinged some of it on Saturday. Some folks were catching fish. The current was flowing pretty well. I lost my glasses on the bottom of the creek for about 10 minutes, I was upset until my nephew found them caught in a rock. We ran across some friends that had just gone swimming unexpectedly (they flipped their canoe). The water felt great, it was very cool and refreshing.




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Here is the last year’s water levels on the creek from the USGS monitoring station that is a little north of where these photos were taken near the Hwy 84 bridge. Water levels have been good this past year (blue line). The averages are in gold so we’ve been above them.


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Here’s the accumulated rainfall for the last year at the station on the creek, about 72 inches of rainfall.

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Question of the Week – Sprayer attached to Planters

Posted by romeethredge on June 27, 2014

Last week I had a photo of terrible pigweed and other weeds at the edge of a peanut field. And it was in an unusual pattern – for 6 rows control extended past the planted peanuts and the next 6 rows were weedy even where there were peanuts. Well, I had many correct answers.

The preemergence weed sprayer was mounted on the planters and when the tractor was headed in one direction the planter stopped and the sprayer cut off before the end of the field, when the tractor turned around to go the other way the spray was cut on and extended further from the field’s edge.

It’s makes you feel good about the control the grower is getting from the herbicides. (In this case it was Valor and Sonolan.)



This week I have a snake ID question for you. I got a photo of a snake sent to me yesterday for identification and here’s the photo. What is it and is it dangerous to people? Bonus points if you quote the poem about it.


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Cattle Prices still Good

Posted by romeethredge on June 27, 2014

Given the record-high feeder cattle prices we are experiencing, many cattle producers may be interested in ways to manage their price risk.  To help aid in this thought process, three new extension bulletins dealing with beef cattle marketing and risk management have recently been published.  They are:

All of these publications are written with the intent of helping you learn more about feeder cattle risk management and include several examples of how to use these tools.

Thanks to Curt Lacy , UGA Extension Ag Economist.

We went by the sale at Seminole Stockyard on Wednesday, photo below, and there were lots of mama cows for sale and some calves and others too. They are still selling high.


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Peanuts Progress

Posted by romeethredge on June 19, 2014

Peanuts are growing and we have some that are pegging. We are past most of the thrips problems but there are some caterpillars feeding on foliage but not much in a serious way that I’ve seen. There are some lessers around causing damage. Weed controls are going out in a big way.

Here are some pegging peanuts that were very early planted and look good.

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Here’s Ray Hunter with his young peanuts. They are growing well and his pre-emergent herbicide is working well.




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Posted by romeethredge on June 19, 2014

Soybeans are growing well. Soybeans don’t do well with hot soil so it’s important to have the soil moist before planting.

It’s interesting that thrips are in them like we see in other crops but they don’t affect them nearly as badly.

This field is planted into wheat stubble in 36 inch rows.



Here we have some planted into wheat stubble with a grain drill in 7.5 inch rows.


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Question of the Week – Cypressvine Morninglory

Posted by romeethredge on June 19, 2014

Last week I had a weed ID question and it was Cypressvine morninglory I had in my fingers. The other weed was Smallflower morninglory seedlings.

It’s important to know the difference due to some herbicides not being very good on certain types of morninglories.  Smallflower is not an Ipomea type so some herbicides that control the others won’t control it and vice versa.

Here’s some climbing up a corn stalk. When it blooms it has a brilliant red flower.


This week I have a question about the weeds in these young peanuts. Why do some of the row ends have pigweeds and do some not have any? What’s going on?





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New Agent coming to Miller County

Posted by romeethredge on June 19, 2014

Miller County Extension is proud to announce a new county agent, Brock Ward, who will transfer there July 1st from Randolph County were he has been an agent for 2 years.

He attended ABAC and graduated from the University of GA with an Ag and Environmental Science degree. On Friday, June 27th there will be a reception for the new county agent Brock Ward at the Miller County Ag building in the kitchen area. Miller county folks are asked to stop by any time between 1 and 3 pm to welcome him to the community.

Here is Brock with Miller county extension secretary Sharon Daniels.


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