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Question of the Week – Pokeweed

Posted by romeethredge on August 28, 2015

Last week I had a photo of Pokeweed aka pokeberry, poke salad. It has some poisonous properties , oxalic acid and phytolaccotoxin , the root being the most toxic. It can cause gastro problems in cattle.Fullscreen capture 8282015 72836 AM

The song is Poke Salad Annie, sung by Tony Joe White,”Poke salad Annie, Gator got your Grannie…. ” Apparently Annie had to eat a lot of Poke salad she was so poor.

If cooked it’s important to pour off the water the leaves are cooked in. I talked to a farmer who had eaten some and he said you must eat only the very young leaves or it will be very bitter and contain poisonous properties.

 

Here’s a video by UGA Scientist Dennis Hancock, concerning thias and other plants poisonous to livestock.

The fruit is actually an important wildlife food., consumed by many birds, deer, foxes. Doves like the seeds in winter.

This week’s question is about this pond weed that I was recently asked about, and I took this photo at the pond. What is it?IMG_8184

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Question of the Week – Golden Silk Spider aka Banana Spider

Posted by romeethredge on August 13, 2015

Last week I had a photo of an almost hand sized spider I almost walked into. It’s the Golden Silk Spider aka Banana spider aka golden Orb Weaver, it has several names.  One type of these in Australia feeds on small birds.  The small spider near her is the male of her species.

A University of Florida site, Panhandle Outdoors recently had an interesting article on them.

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This week I have a muscadine grape with a problem. What caused this?

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Question of the Week – Red Breast Sunfish

Posted by romeethredge on July 10, 2015

Last week I had a photo of a Red Breast Sunfish that we often call Red Belly bream, they are fun to catch and good to eat.

Here’s are comments from Dr. Gary Burtle UGA Scientist,”This is a red breast sunfish.  Note the long black opercular flap.  Some confuse with the long ear sunfish, but that one is not as likely to be red bellied.”

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This week I have a photo of a yard ornamental tree and I want you to identify it and tell me what are the problems that folks have with them?

 

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Question of the Week – Stumpknocker

Posted by romeethredge on July 2, 2015

Last week I had a photo of a fish and it was a Stumpknocker aka Green Sunfish. I had several correct answers from folks who know their way around our creeks and rivers.  They pull real well and are good to eat. Here’s another one I caught that day.

 

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Another fish question today. What is this nice catch Daddy made on Spring Creek?

 

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Pigweed now a Nursery?

Posted by romeethredge on June 19, 2015

No extra charge for this blog post concerning racoons in a pigweed plant.

I guess pigweed is good for something, a racoon nursery. Farmer Micheal Thompson was out pulling pigweed in peanuts and come upon this sight, two baby racoons hanging on.

If we could just train them to pull up pigweed……

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Question of the Week – Goatspur

Posted by romeethredge on June 19, 2015

Last week I had a photo of weed seed. It was from Goatspur or Bristly Starbur among other names, Goathead, etc. It is not as serious a weed problem as it once was but is still a concern in rowcrops.

 

 

This week’s question is about a fish. Can you identify this fish I caught in Spring Creek this morning? Is it good to eat?

It was hot that I swam with the fishes a good bit.

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Question of the Week – Turtle Tracks

Posted by romeethredge on June 9, 2015

Last week’s photo was of turtle tracks through a field. It looks like she was dragging her belly pretty good. She was likely looking for a place to lay her eggs, according to Bobby Bass of the Jones Center. Someone else said maybe looking for water or a pond. There is a small 1/4 acre pond near there that a lady called me to look at one time and I remember there was a 4 foot long grass carp in there that looked kind of  like the Loch Ness monster .

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This week’s question is about plant identification. What is this the seed of?

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Question of the Week – Male Dobsonfly

Posted by romeethredge on June 5, 2015

Last week I had an insect photo that is the male Dobsonfly. He has a short life as an adult, 3 days for males and 8 to 10 for females. They are long lived in their immature state as hellgrammites in streams. one to three years.

The showy mandibles of the male are long and sickle-shaped, but are quite harmless. The female has short, powerful jaws and is capable of giving a hard bite. Adults may be taken at lights from May to August. Here’s an image from forestryimages. dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus  (Neuroptera: Corydalidae) - 5512087

This week’s question is about tracks through a field. I was in a field where a field cultivator had recently worked and I saw this. What caused it and why?

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Question of the Week – Wireworms and Grubs

Posted by romeethredge on May 23, 2015

Last week I had a photo of a messed up potato. It had been fed on by wireworms or grubs. The home gardener tore up some turfgrass and immediately planted potatoes. Often we have this problem on potatoes in this situation. There some soil insecticides that can be used preventitively. Here’s a link to a UGA publication concerning growing potatoes, UGA Home Garden Potatoes.

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This week I have a photo of a bumblebee getting nectar from a plant. I want you to identify this plant that is commonly found on roadsides.

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Question of the Week – Sensitive Briar

Posted by romeethredge on May 7, 2015

Last week I had a photo I took in a wooded area of Sensitive Briar, one of my favorite plants. It is sensitive to the touch and will fold the leaves together, as this has where I just touched the leaf.  The flower reminds me of Horton Hears a Who.

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This week I have some seeds for you to identify. This is a crop that will soon be harvested. What is it and what is it good for?

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