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Harvest Festival

Posted by romeethredge on October 25, 2013

Time to celebrate the harvest. It was our annual Harvest Festival this past weekend in Donalsonville, Seminole County. It’s great to live in a place that recognizes this important time of year and the folks in agriculture that make it all happen.

We had a good parade on Saturday and some of our 4-Her’s put together exhibits on wagons that honored our agricultural heritage. They won 1st place in the commercial category.






Our farm family of the year was riding high on a float and congratulations to the Russ Tabb family.


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2012 Georgia Pest Control Handbook

Posted by romeethredge on March 14, 2012

Thee new 2012 Georgia Pest Control Handbook is available online and for purchase if you want a paper copy. On the left side of my blog, just click on the link and it will go right to it. Or you can type in the link,

Here’s a screen shot of what you will see. You can click on the crop or section you want to go to.  Also notice that there is a homeowner section on the right.  There’s a lot of great information here.

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Crop Budgets and Comparisons

Posted by romeethredge on December 9, 2011

I’ve just added 2 new links on my Blogroll  section you can see on the left side of my blog.  You can click on them and it will take you to UGA Ag Economics websites. The one entitled “Crop Budgets, Comparison – In Excel for personalization” takes you to a list of budgets in Excel that you can personalize to your situation. The Crop Comparison sheet is in there too and it can be very useful in comparing crops to grow. You can put in your own projected yields and prices to do some planning. The numbers are this year’s right now but Ag Ecomomists are updating them with projected numbers for 2012.

If you just want to print out prepared budgets then click on the other link, “Crop Budgets, Comparison for Printing”

Here below are examples of what you will see .

Crop Comparison Tool

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Sunbelt Expo Farm Show Oct. 18-20

Posted by romeethredge on October 13, 2011

Farm families looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy fall harvest season will soon get that chance. They are invited to attend the Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show to be held Oct. 18-20 near Moultrie, Ga.























“The Sunbelt Expo is an annual extravaganza of agricultural technology,” says Chip Blalock, the farm show’s director. “Now in its 34th year, the Expo has become North America’s Premier Farm Showtm. Our goal is to bring together more than a 1,200 exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of visitors in our 100-acre exhibit area. During three days in the middle of the week, we provide a convenient venue that allows everyone to exchange ideas and see what’s new in the business of providing safe supplies of food, fiber and shelter for American consumers.”

The Expo also gained a reputation for southern hospitality in welcoming exhibitors from throughout the U.S. and the world. “Most of our exhibitors come back year after year,” says Blalock. “We also have more than 75 exhibitors who will be attending our 2011 show for the first time.”

New for this year will be the Georgia Agriculture building near the main gate. It will feature a number of new exhibits staffed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Blalock says the Expo is distinct among agricultural trade shows because it gives farmers a chance to get up-close to check out new machinery working in the crop fields of a 600-acre research farm. Crops on the farm include cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and hay. The Expo offers rides on shaded covered shuttle wagons to carry visitors out to the fields where they’ll
see a wide selection of equipment taking part in the harvesting and tillage demonstrations. Visitors will also be able to test drive new GMC pickups along with some of the tractors, especially those equipped with automated steering and other precision farming technology. A new addition in the fields will be the John Deere Gator XUV Utility Vehicle Test Track.

 “Again this year, we will have seminar presentations and special exhibit sections on beef cattle, dairy, horses, sheep and goats, alpacas, poultry and fish ponds,” says Blalock. “Anyone interested in raising animals would benefit from a trip to Expo.” The horse demonstrations will return this year with a new and improved facility. The new “Priefert Horse Arena” is expansive and will host sanctioned horse shows and rodeos throughout the year. The Colquitt County Saddle Club will be organizing some of the horse demonstrations, including one featuring equine Special Olympics participants.

One group of exhibits will feature portable sawmills and equipment used in forestry. Other exhibits will showcase irrigation equipment, livestock equipment, lawn and garden machinery, new pickups, utility vehicles and all terrain vehicles. Software and hardware that allows for crop yield monitoring, automated tractor steering and variable-rate application of farm chemicals will also be featured in precision farming exhibits at the show.

While most of the exhibits are geared to the interests of commercial farmers, the Expo also provides family-friendly entertainment with events such as stockdog trials and antique tractor parades. The show’s hunting and fishing exhibitors will return with tips on bringing in wild game and catching trophy-size fish. Family Living exhibits will offer cooking demonstrations, seminars on backyard gardening and displays by prominent regional artist Jack DeLoney.

For the first time, the Expo will welcome a new group of visitors and exhibitors from Arkansas. Arkansas will be the Spotlight State at this year’s farm show. Several agricultural agencies and organizations have joined together to spotlight the diversity of the agricultural industry in Arkansas, The Natural State. The Arkansas debut at Expo will be memorable, and visitors from throughout the Southeast are sure to enjoy it.

Tire auctions held at the Titan/Goodyear exhibit during the first two days of the show will once again raise money for the Georgia FFA Foundation.

The Expo also honors outstanding farmers by showcasing the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards. These farmers from nine states will be recognized at a luncheon on the opening day of the show.

The farm show has also partnered with agricultural colleges and universities from throughout the Southeast to provide information from the latest agricultural research that could benefit farmers in the region. The Albany State University Water Policy Center is the latest addition to this group. Also, check out the University of Florida’s exhibit that is named “The Swamp”.  It will focus on the animals and natural resources to be found in Florida’s wetlands.

Blalock praised the hundreds of local volunteers and others who help make the show run smoothly. “We have an incredible and dedicated group of people who come together each year to help with parking, driving the shuttle wagons, selling tickets, providing food and coordinating our field demonstrations. They really make the Expo a fun and safe educational experience
for all who attend. Our goal is to help make sure that everyone leaving this show will feel good about the agricultural industry, and that they will take home equipment or information they can put to use on their own farms.”

The Expo is located on Georgia Hwy. 133, southeast of Moultrie, Ga. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day of the show. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a three-day admission ticket. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For additional information, check the Expo Web site: or contact the Expo by e-mail at, or call 229-985-1968.


Thanks to Amy Willis of the Expo for this info and photo.

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EQUIP and WHIP Signup Ending Earlier than Expected

Posted by romeethredge on September 16, 2011

Anita Tabb, NRCS Representative, let me know that we have an early deadline for EQUIP and WHIP program signup. These programs have been a big benefit for us, especially the Irrigation Retrofits and Diesel to Electric Irrigation System conversions.

 Signup for both ends September 30, 2011.



Please see USDA NRCS before this deadline if you would like to be considered for funding.

EQIP priority practices for the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District are:

FORESTRY -Brush Management, Site Prep and Tree Planting,
SOIL EROSION – Conservation Cover (Pecan Orchards Only), Pasture and Hay Planting

WATER CONSERVATION – Irrigation Retrofit, Diesel to Electric Conversions.

GRAZING – Cross Fencing, Heavy Use Areas and Pipeline.

Here’s the Georgia NRCS website for more information

Here’s a photo from Anita Tabb of a system that has been retrofitted with a better pattern and nozzles on drops, getting more water where it needs to go, more efficiently.

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Soybean Weed Control

Posted by romeethredge on August 17, 2011

Soybeans planted after corn harvest need to grow fast and without much competition.  So when you think most of the volunteer corn is up , and there’s always a good bit that comes up, it’s good to spray a grass herbicide.   David Hall says the late soybean crop will help control pigweeds in the field that he would have needed to deal with anyway due to the long growing season we have here after corn harvest.

UGA Extension Weed Scientist Eric Prostko and farmer David Hall discuss the best options for soybean weed control here. There is a good stand of soybeans and we'll soon be able to see them well when the corn dies back. There was also a flush of small broadleaf weeds coming up so a broadleaf herbicide with some residual will be used to control them.

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Disease in Peanut

Posted by romeethredge on July 30, 2011

Peanuts are looking good but white mold is moving in strongly this week. We have above ground white mold and below ground and a faker, Phanerochaete. Remember that even with good white mold materials we will still see small hits of the disease. What we don’t want to see is it moving down the row, and big affected areas.

Dr. Kemerait, UGA Extension Plant Pathologist says “It is leaf spot and white mold weather!”

Here’s Phanerochaete, it looks bad and all but really doesn’t cause us problems. It looks a lot like white mold , sclerotium rolfsii, but there are some differences. It may look white at first but often turns a n orangey color , also it’ll be toothy looking. The main way to tell the difference however is to scrape some of it away from the peanut stem and see if the plant tissue is affected beneath it. If the plant is fine then it’s likely the imposter.

Here’s the bad boy, underground white mold. You can see the white mycelium and one of the pods was starting to rot. This can be a real problem and can really only be found with scouting and pulling up random plants. Often a problem in hot dry conditions.

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Southern Corn Rust and Possible Stalk Rot – Nematodes

Posted by romeethredge on July 30, 2011

I’ve found Southern Rust in several fields this week. It’s amazing the difference in Southern Rust from year to year. Last year it ate us up, but this year was not a real problem. Here’s some comments from Dr Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension plant pathologist.

“Southern rust is now found in corn across the southern coastal plain of Georgia.  Corn
that is approaching “black layer” is safe.  Corn that
has reached dough stage may be safe.  Earlier than dough stage
and I would suggest that grower look at their yield potential, look through
their field(s) and consider what value a fungicide application could mean to
them.  Late planted corn?  Be prepared for outbreaks of southern

Something else we’ve seen this week is bad patches in some corn fields where the stalk and plant went down early and in those patches, the yield drops a lot on yield monitors.  We’re not sure what it is but it has the appearance of fusarium stalk rot.  I flew over thousands of acres of corn in Seminole County yesterday, thanks to pilot Wade Spooner, and the blotches or patches are evident in the field in question. Fortunately, this problem does not show up from the air in very many other fields at this time , see greener field in the other photo. It may be that it’s just not evident yet but we are hopeful that the problem won’t be in all fields.

Here’s some comments about the stalk rot from Dr Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension plant pathologist

“CORN Stalk Rots:   In several south Georgia counties we are seeing UNUSUAL stalk deterioration across wide swaths in the
field.  The lower stalk is simply deteriorating and it is NOT bacterial
stalk rot!  In some instances it seems Fusarium may be involved, in other,
not clear at all.  What IS clear is that yield in areas affected by this
rot (disease or otherwise) drops by up to 80+ bu/A.”             Update on 8-15-2011 – We took nematode samples from this field in the bad areas and high numbers of Southern RootKnot Nematodes were found here , so that is a big part of the yield decreases seen here, apparently.

Area in the center of photo affected, note the dead and some falling stalks. This was a narrow streak that came towards the camera for quite a long ways.

Some affected stalks on left. Good stalks on right were just 10 yards away.

Same field where above photos were taken, note the patchiness. This field will still average very high in yield, but in those bad areas the yield dropped a lot.

Nearby younger field, more green color, can't detect any problem , hopefully there won't be one here. This was the case in most of the fields we saw.

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Corn Harvest

Posted by romeethredge on July 21, 2011

Corn Harvest is going well and is getting started in several fields. Grain moisture levels are running 21 to 24%. So on farm drying is taking place, and then corn is being mostly trucked to chicken feed mills. Some will be stored as well later on and some will go to Ethanol plants. Yields are estimated at 220 bushels per acre in some fields. Lots of heat and sunshine and irrigation makes good corn. Quality looks good as well.

Here’s a link to a video I took yesterday of the corn Harvest.

Post Harvest Grain Management

Corn harvest has begun and  we need to be careful concerning keeping insects out of stored corn. We need to use only labeled products. Most of our corn goes to chicken feed and they closely monitor pesticide residues coming in on the corn for the chicken feed.

Here’s a link to the UGA Post-Harvest Grain Management site that has lots of good information

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Late Planted Soybeans

Posted by romeethredge on July 21, 2011

Ultra late planted irrigated soybeans (after July 20) do best in drilled rows of 7.5 inches at about 170,000 to 200,000 plants per acre ( minimum of 49 to 58 pounds @ 3500 seed per pound, if you get them all up, more for larger seeds and poor conditions). Successful farmers usually use a no-till grain drill just after corn harvest. If weeds are present , spray them just after corn harvest or just after planting. A preemergence residual herbicide may be used as well if needed. Farmer Raymond Thompson says to just leave the corn stalks as this will help at harvest time to get the bean plants into the combine and this saves a lot of work, expense and time, compared to disking and burning. I’ve seen them have the drill planting beans in the same field with the corn combine still there getting the corn out.

Here’s a link to a video I took yesterday.

The quicker you get them growing the better. Planted in corn stubble you will need to use 30-50 pounds of N to get these beans as tall as possible. We often pump the nitrogen through the irrigation system. Always plant into wet dirt, try not to plant and water up as this can form a crust, but under certain conditions you may have to water them before they crack the ground. Water after soybeans have cracked through for best results. All season irrigation is necessary for good results.

Cobb variety soybeans is your best tried and true choice. It’s not Roundup Ready however so put your herbicides out quick as these beans will grow very fast. Other varieties have been used and may work well.  Also watching for and treating for insects and diseases is critical. Seminole County farmers have often made 35 bu/acre and finished planting as late as the second week in August, but the later you get, the lower the yield and the riskier it is.  In some years the yields are low when we have an early fall.  Farmers say they like double cropping the soybeans behind corn for another reason,  it keeps late season weeds down  in the fields.

Jimmy Clements of Plantation Seed, Raymond Thompson, Mims Farms,  Jared Whittaker and Eric Prostko contributed to this article.


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