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Archive for October, 2014

Question of the Week – Spined Soldier Bug – beneficial

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

I had a photo of bugs on a soybean leaf last week, and they are stink bugs, but the good kind.

These are Spined Soldier Bugs and they eat caterpillars, so they help us out in the soybean field. I’ve seen them walking around with captured caterpillars. When I first glanced at this hatchout I thought, oh no, we may have a pod feeding stinkbug problem here, but on closer examination I saw the metallic color of the eggs and that and the appearance of the tiny bugs lets us know they are beneficials.

This is an instance when we can call these insects “bugs” and be scientifically right. These belong to the true bug family.


Here’s a link to a good publication from Florida about them.


 This week I have a photo of a pasture weed that was brought in to me for identification and control advice. What is it?


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Austin French

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

We’ve enjoyed watching Ga 4-H’er, Austin French, performing for years at 4-H events, and it was great to see him do well on the TV show Rising Star. We recently heard him in concert in Tifton, while at ABAC family weekend (my son studies at ABAC) and we visited Journey Church where he is a worship leader. You could say we are “French Fries”, as some of his fans call themselves. Here’s a great article about the organization he credits for some of his success.

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Austin French credits Georgia 4-H for newfound stardom

By Clint Thompson (University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
October 21, 2014

Cordele, Georgia, native Austin French may have gained nationwide notoriety this summer on ABC’s “Rising Star,” but it was as a member of Georgia 4-H where friends and supporters first recognized his star quality.

“4-H, in general, was a huge catalyst for my music career ? just public speaking and being personable, reaching out to people. I learned all that through 4-H. Without 4-H, I don’t know if I’d be where I am right now,” French said.

The south Georgia singing sensation and Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company alumnus became a household name when he finished as runner-up on the inaugural season of ABC’s “Rising Star,” a reality television singing competition. French, who still leads church worship services at Journey Baptist Church in Tifton, believes 4-H was the springboard for his musical career.

“Going on this competition, I did so many TV interviews, talked to different people, met different executives ? without the confidence that 4-H really equipped me with, it might have turned out a lot differently,” said French.

Joining the group when he was in fifth grade, French was a member of Clovers & Company from 2005 to 2012. French is not the first Clovers & Company alum to achieve success.

“Clovers & Company acts as a catalyst to not only get youth more involved with 4-H, but also to propel them toward a successful career in the performing arts,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, assistant show director and state coordinator for Clovers & Company.

Country music superstar and Douglas, Georgia, native Jennifer Nettles is also a past member of Clovers & Company, as is songwriter and Washington, Georgia, native Hillary Lindsey. Before launching her solo career, Nettles was a member of the CMT Music Award-winning group, Sugarland. Lindsey is known for writing chart-topping hits like “Jesus Take The Wheel” and “Two Black Cadillacs,” both recorded by Carrie Underwood.

Varnadoe is not surprised by French’s success and is confident there are many more musical talents in Georgia.

“Austin was a member of our cast for eight years, so we were fortunate enough to be able to watch him grow as a performer as well as a leader. Austin was always featured prominently in our shows, and we knew that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world discovered what a true star he was, both on and off the stage. It makes us so proud to claim someone as successful as Austin as one of our own,” Varnadoe said. “It is an honor for me, as well as the rest of the staff, to be able to work with incredibly talented young people in Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company.”

Clovers & Company was founded in 1981 and is comprised of talented Georgia 4-H members from across the state. Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Clovers & Company group will be held June 11, 2015, at the Fortson 4-H Center in Atlanta and June 16, 2015, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.

For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or Varnadoe at (706) 542-9237 or

Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.

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Ga Clean Day – Nov 12 (New Date) – Quitman, Ga

Posted by romeethredge on October 16, 2014

ATTENTION EVERYONE!!!  Please pass the word about the Brooks County Pesticide Clean Day being rescheduled to Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

There will be a Georgia Clean day in Quitman,Ga (Brooks County) .

This is a time that you can bring in unwanted pesticides for disposal. You must preregister to bring in chemicals. Email me or Andrea Duncan for the forms you will need to fill out and get back to her.

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Oat Planting

Posted by romeethredge on October 16, 2014

We’ve been talking about oats for grain. It’s too early to plant it now if you want to harvest the grain. Some folks want to grow some for seed for the following year. We need to wait until close to Thanksgiving for that because if we plant it too early the heads will shoot up when we will be having some hard cold and they will be damaged.

Of course lots of oats are being planted now for grazing and that is fine. We had problems with caterpillars and seedling disease in the past few weeks but we are hopefully past  the worst of that now.

Here’s a good UGA publication available on the web concerning Southern Small Grains  and it has a good section concerning Oats with the following valuable planting  chart.

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Cotton Picking Time

Posted by romeethredge on October 16, 2014

Lots of cotton being picked now, finally. It looks ok, not a tremendous crop but pretty good, it seems so far. We think it would have been better, except for the excessive rain the first 2 weeks of September. Dryland suffered due to the summer drought and then when it was opening all our cotton got too much rain.

Some areas will have good dryland yields due to the spotty rains.

Here’s some irrigated cotton that is doing well.


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Harvest Festival – Donalsonville – Oct 18, 2014

Posted by romeethredge on October 16, 2014

The harvest festival is this Saturday , Oct 18, with a lot of good stuff going on in Donalsonville. There’ll be a great parade at 10 am. Look for our 4-H’ers pulling their wagons. Then lots of festivities all day, with lots of good singing and other entertainment at the City park.



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Question of the Week – Tobacco blooms

Posted by romeethredge on October 16, 2014

Last week I had some Tobacco blooms in the photo I asked about. I took the photos at the Museum of Agriculture (formerly Agrirama) in Tifton. Here’s another shot.


This week I saw these in some soybeans. What are they and should we be worried or glad to see these in the soybeans? See the tiny spaceships they arrived in?


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Late Leafspot a Problem in Peanuts

Posted by romeethredge on October 9, 2014

We are seeing more and more late leafspot in peanuts. Here’s a field of irrigated Ga o6G peanuts that are 125 days old. They have been sprayed with fungicides all season but we have a problem. We’ve lost most of our leaves to the disease.


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Management Points for Leaf Spot, UGA Peanut Production Update 2014

1. Practice good crop rotation.

2. Destroy any volunteer peanuts that may grow in a field and bury/remove old peanut
hay that can serve as a source of spores for leaf spot diseases.

3. Do not delay the start of a leaf spot fungicide program.

a. When using chlorothalonil (e.g. Bravo Ultrex, Bravo WeatherStik, Echo,
Equus, or other generics), Tilt/Bravo, Echo-PropiMax, Stratego, Elast 400F,
Eminent 125SC + Echo, or Headline (at 6 fl oz/A), and you have adequate
crop rotation, your first leaf spot spray will typically be applied somewhere
between 30 and 35 days after planting (unless weather has been dry and
unfavorable for development of foliar diseases.

b. In fields where risk to leaf spot has been calculated as low-to-moderate, we
have maintained good control of leaf spot when using a single application of
Tilt/Bravo (2.5 pt/A) 40 days after planting

c. Growers who use the AU-pnut forecasting system, automated at, can more effectively time their first application based upon
environmental conditions.

d. If you are planting peanuts after peanuts, you will likely need to begin your
leaf spot program earlier than 30 days after planting because of the increased
risk of disease.

e. If you are using Headline (at 9 fl oz/A) for your first leaf spot spray, it is
appropriate to combine your first two fungicide applications for leaf spot
control (for example at 30 and 44 days after planting) into a single application
of 9 oz of Headline at 38-40 days after planting.

4. Traditionally, fungicides are applied on a 14-day calendar schedule beginning after
the first application. This 14-day interval may be modified for reasons such as those

a. The interval should be shorter than every 14-days if conditions:

i. Rainfall has been abundant and conditions are favorable for leaf spot.

ii. You are using the AU-PNUT leaf spot advisory and it calls for an early

iii. Peanuts follow peanuts in a field and leaf spot is expected to be

iv. Rainfall came on quickly after your last leaf spot spray and you are
concerned that some of the fungicide may have been washed off the
plants in the field too quickly.

v. You are planting a variety that has poor resistance to leaf spot

vi. Peanut rust appears in your field prior to the end of the season.

b. It may be possible to extend the spray interval beyond 14-days if:

i. Conditions have been dry and unfavorable for leaf spot, especially if
you use the AU-PNUT advisory for spray guidance.

ii. You are using a variety with increased resistance to leaf spot. For
example, if pressure from soilborne diseases is not severe, the spray
interval for such varieties could be every 21 days and it is possible to
treat the most resistant varieties only three times during the season.
(Additional information can be obtained from your local Extension

iii. You use Peanut Rx and determine that the predicted risk of
fungal disease in a field is low to moderate and rainfall has not
been excessive since your last spray (additional information can be
obtained from your local Extension Agent).

iv. Since many fungicide applications are used to manage leaf spot
diseases and soilborne diseases, one must consider the effect that an
extended spray schedule would have on both types of disease (foliar
and soilborne) BEFORE shifting from a 14-day schedule.

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Question of the Week – Salvinia (Water fern) and Duckweed

Posted by romeethredge on October 9, 2014

Last week I had a photo of 2 floating pond weeds I was asked about in a cypress pond here. Jimmy Clements answered the question correctly, they are Salvinia aka Water fern and Duckweed.  This Salvinia is not to be confused with the Giant Salvinia they have in other areas, like Louisiana. It is native to tropical America.

5 to 10 Triploid Grass carp per acre will help this pond problem after chemical control.

Here’s a link to UGA’s Dr. Gary Burtle’s Pond management info.

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Univ of Florida has a good aquatic weed website you can link to here.

Texas A & M also has a good resource.



This week I have a photo of a crop bloom and I want to know what it is?  What is this crop?

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Sunbelt Expo 2014, Oct 14 – 16

Posted by romeethredge on October 8, 2014

 It’s Expo time again in Moultrie Georgia and I remember my first trip there when I was a freshman at ABAC in 1981. Now my son is an ABAC freshman and I’m still learning at the Expo.  There are new things at the Expo every year and I was looking at the program and this year is no different. They will have UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) demonstrations for the first time this year. Go by the UGA Building for sure while you are there; there’s always something new to learn about and see there.

This link  below should take you to this year’s program. Which has lots of good articles including info about ABAC’s Scavenger hunt and an article about Dr. Ron Jones’ retirement as longtime member of the Expo Board of Directors.

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Also there’s a great App for downloading to your smartphone to supply you with info about the Expo and when things are and where you are.

Here’s a link to a video about how to download it and what it will do.

(Video) How to plan Sunbelt Expo trip with digital ease

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