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Archive for October, 2014

Peanut Dust Flying

Posted by romeethredge on October 30, 2014

Peanut dust has been flying as the pickers have been busy. We have had good harvest weather for our crops lately.

Here’s Alex Johnson who was picking peanuts down near the lake.



Here’s Brandon Franklin raising some dust as well near Reynoldsville.



Near Iron City, Jeff Braswell and crew are finishing up peanut harvest for 2014.

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Peanut Festival – Dothan Al

Posted by romeethredge on October 30, 2014

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 It’s time for the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Al.  There’s a lot going on with all the exhibits, livestock shows, concerts and rides.

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The first Peanut Festival was in 1938 and Dr. George Washington Carver was the speaker.

Our Seminole County 4-H booth is set up so go by to see it in the Exhibits building while you are at the Festival.

Notice our peanut man has his UGA Peanut Scout Manual under his arm and primary peanut insect pests are explained in the posters.  Also the UAV (aka aerial drone) in the center is keeping an eye on things from the sky.




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Soybeans Maturing

Posted by romeethredge on October 30, 2014

Some of our soybeans that were planted at the regular time, our best planting dates are May 15th to June 15th, are getting mature and harvest has begun.

The Ultra Late soybeans planted after corn harvest are turning yellow and are getting very close to done for the year.  Here’s a photo of some and you can see that the pods are full so that is a good sign.


Here’s some of the earlier planted soybeans that are ready for harvest as the seeds have dried down. To be considered dry for no deducts when you sell them, soybeans need to be at 13.5 % moisture.

 If you have drying capabilities you can harvest soybeans at 20% moisture and dry them down. If you plan to store soybeans in a bin they should be dried on down to 10% moisture.


Here’s the comparison of the two ages in the field.


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Sugarcane Field Day – Nov. 3

Posted by romeethredge on October 29, 2014

The Sugarcane Field Day is for anyone interested in learning about and obtaining different varieties of sugarcane for growing on their farm or garden.  The event is held at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), in Quincy where a nursery of chewing, syrup, and crystal sugar varieties are kept. It will be held on Nov.3.  At the end of the presentations on sugarcane agronomics, registered attendees will be allowed to harvest up to 15 stalks of each variety from the cane nursery, so be sure to bring your own tools to cut stalks and carry them home.

Registration Information

  • Registration fee: $10.00 per participant. Make checks/money orders payable to: Gadsden County Extension Education Found. (GCEEF). Pre-registration is encouraged.

  • Pre-registered attendees will be given first access to the fields. Only those registered will be allowed in the fields.

  • Each participant is allowed to cut a strict maximum of 15 stalks of each variety for seed/propagation materials only.

  • Each participant should bring their own cutting tools and transportation.

  • Registered participants should send a signed note with a representative in order for them to pick propitiation materials on their behalf.

    • To register, call the Gadsden County Extension office at 850-875-7255

    • To view more information about this program go to Jackson County Florida Agent, Josh Thompson’s blog post .

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Cotton Pickin’ Sunrise

Posted by romeethredge on October 29, 2014

This morning the sunrise was nice over this cotton field that they were picking last night until the dew formed and wet the cotton.

Cotton harvest has been good the past 2 weeks as we have had good, dry picking conditions.

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Question of the Week – Tropical Soda Apple (TSA)

Posted by romeethredge on October 29, 2014

Boy, it’s a terrible pasture weed, Tropical Soda Apple (TSA). It’s on the Federal Noxious weed list.

It’s been bad in Florida for a while, and we’re trying to keep it at low levels in Georgia. It was first reported in the US in Glades county Florida in 1988.  It kind of takes over when it comes in. We usually see it in places where livestock or hay is unloaded or brought in from an area that has it.  We found some here years ago near the stockyard but all that has been eradicated.

I had some brought to me from a pasture where the cattleman had brought in some bulls from Florida a couple of years ago, so he suspects the TSA came in with them, perhaps. I went to the pasture to confirm the identification, and there were several plants near where hay is fed so it may have been brought in that way as well.

This weed looks a lot like horsenettle but it has white blooms and very big fruit, over an inch across. The fruit are mottled white and green, turning yellowish when mature. The leaves and plants are large, often growing over 3 feet high.

We need to be on the lookout for this weed and control it to reduce the spread.

The Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants  in Florida has some good info about this pest.

Here are several photos I took here in Seminole county this week.




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Here’s some info from

Solanum viarum (TSA) is a perennial, shrubby forb that is on the Federal Noxious Weed list. Plants grow to 6 ft. (1.8 m) in height and width. Leaves are broad, 6-8 in.  long, 2-6 in.  wide, hairy and resemble fig or oak leaves. The entire plant is loaded with 0.75 in. , straight prickles.

Flowering occurs year-round, with most reproduction occurring from September to May. White, 5-petaled flowers grow, in clusters, under the leaves. Fruit are 1 in. in diameter and resemble a watermelon. 

TSA invades pastures, fields, and parks, but also has the potential to invade open forest and other natural areas. This plant forms thick stands that can be impenetrable to livestock, large wildlife, and humans.

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Here is this week’s question.

What is this tree and why is it blooming now? Doesn’t it know winter is approaching? I took this photo last week here in Seminole county.

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Georgia Museum of Agriculture (aka Agrirama)

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

I really enjoyed going back to the only place I’ve ever plowed a mule, the Ga Museum of Agriculture in Tifton Georgia. It used to be called the Agrirama, but now it is a part of ABAC and it is a delight to experience as we did during ABAC Family weekend recently.

Here is the link to their website

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I really liked seeing the grist mill in action. Folks used to carry their corn to the grist mill and there was one in every community. The corn you grew was ground into corn meal and grits which were staples in every country diet, a hundred years ago. You could pay for the grinding or give the Miller an eighth of the meal, in payment.

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It was a treat to ride in the cars behind the old steam engine with my old friend Keith Rucker as the engineer. In those days  just about everything was steam powered.  A lot of good folks work at the Museum to bring the old days alive for us.



You can see a blacksmith at work as well.




The lumber sawing was very interesting too, another use for steam power.


Sometimes they have to sharpen the blades.


You can see a lot about how we used to deal with cotton while there.


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And the indoor section had many exhibits including this steam engine donated by Mayo Livingston.

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2014 Small Grain Varieties

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

Here’s a great blog post concerning Wheat for 2014.

Thomas County Ag

The Small Grain Performance Tests on the statewide variety testing website have been completed, you can see here – 2014 Small Grain Performance Tests. Variety characteristics presents great information that tells us a lot about disease and insects. This can also be found through that link also.

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Below is some variety information UGA Extension Agronomist Dr. Dewey Lee passed out at our Grain Update:

2014 Grain Varieties

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Soybeans yellow and Dropping leaves

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014


Here’s a pivot that has full season soybeans on the left side. On the right a crop of field corn was grown and then these Ultra late soybeans were planted and they are still green and growing strong. The beans that were planted early are turning yellow and dropping leaves as they approach maturity.

I’ve had questions lately about irrigation termination on soybeans. You are generally safe to terminate irrigation if you have good soil moisture when the seeds fill the pods and the pods start to change to the yellow color in the top 4 nodes of the plant. Mississippi State has a good blog post concerning this subject.  Soybean Irrigation Termination

Some full season soybeans will be harvested soon. These warm days will help finish out the season for the Ultra late planted soybeans.

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AgrAbility/Farm Again

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

 At the Sunbelt Expo we saw Dr. Glen Rains, UGA College of Ag, at the AgrAbility/Farm Again booth with examples of things to help folks involved with agriculture that have disabilities.

I was impressed with this “one-handed hammer”.  It has nails in the hollow handle and with a magnet on the end it can be used with one hand.

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Here’s some info about Georgia’s Farm Again

When farm families and workers become ill or injured, man hours that are crucial to the operation of the farm are lost. This is when Farm Again can help. We provide information and services that may make it possible to return to farming.

Farm Again is a free service and focuses on promoting independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities. The project is funded by donations and sponsorships. Farm Again is proud to be an affiliate project of the National AgrAbility network.

The program in Georgia is managed by the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Institute on Human Development and Disability in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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You or someone you know may benefit from:

Technical Assistance
Farm Again provides direct assistance to agricultural families with assistive technology, work site modifications, and independent living.

Information Sharing
Farm Again provides information through individual contacts, distribution of resources, agency referrals and public education.

Professional Training
Farm Again provides training opportunities on available resources and assistive technology for consumers and professionals.  Contact us for more information about presenting to your organization or group.

Who is eligible?

Those eligible for Farm Again services may be an owner or employee in a production agriculture setting with any type of disability or chronic health condition. It is a free service.  Contact us to find out more at 1-877-524-6264 / (706) 542-0304 or click here to e-mail us.

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