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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 .



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.


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.


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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Aquatic Meeting – Apr 27th Donalsonville

Posted by romeethredge on April 23, 2015

Dr. Gary Burtle, UGA aquatic scientist, will be here to talk about pond management on Monday evening, April 27th at 7:30 pm, in Donalsonville. This is a joint meeting of the Seminole County Young Farmers and County Extension. Please call if you plan to attend, 229-524-2326.


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Question of the Week – Aphids

Posted by romeethredge on January 2, 2015

Last week I had a photo of some aphids we saw on some oats being grown for forage. They appeared to be Bird cherry-oat aphids which do transmit Barley Yellow dwarf disease. Fortunately they were not in the field in large numbers.

Now’s the time to be checking wheat and other small grain fields for aphids. (If you find 6 aphids per row foot this time of year that would be the threshold for direct damage and disease transmission. )

Here’s a link to my detailed post concerning aphids.

This week I have a photo of something that sometimes appears in yards. What is it and how does it spread?



Thanks to Todd Ray of Triangle Chemical company who took this photo.


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Love – Hate relationship : Mistletoe

Posted by romeethredge on December 23, 2014

I have a love – hate relationship with Mistletoe. I love it when my wife kisses me under it, but I hate to see it growing in trees because it can hurt them.


We have a good UGA publication concerning it and other things we see growing in trees, The Truth about Slime Molds, Spanish Moss, Lichens and Mistletoe.

 “Mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant found on a wide plant host range. Mistletoe obtains water and minerals from the host tree, but it is not totally dependent.

 Leaves of the mistletoe contain chlorophyll and are capable of making their own food from carbon dioxide and water like other plants. Birds feed on the berries produced and excrete them to new hosts. When the seeds germinate, it grows through the bark and into the vascular system of the host where it obtains water and minerals .

 The mistletoe grows slowly at first and it may be years before seeds are produced. Healthy trees are able to tolerate small mistletoe infestations, but individual branches may be compromised and susceptible to wind or cold injuries. Heavy infestations may reduce the overall plant health or kill a tree especially if the tree is already stressed from environmental factors.

 Since mistletoe takes several years to produce seed simply removing it will provide some protection. Mistletoe may also be pruned out one foot below the point of attachment. If the mistletoe is located on a main limb or trunk, removing the top of the mistletoe and wrapping the cut with an opaque plastic to prevent sunlight may be beneficial. In addition to these mechanical controls, the growth regulator ethephon may be used when the host is dormant.”

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Question of the Week – Black Tupelo aka Black gum

Posted by romeethredge on November 25, 2014

Last week’s question was about identifying seeds left by the hundreds around grain bins by birds. We were trying to identify them. They are Black Tupelo aka Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) pits or seeds.

Good honey is made from the blooms, as well as the birds feed on the fruit and carry it and spread the pits everywhere.

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This week’s question is about this nut.

What is it from?


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