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Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

Vegetable Commodity Commission Referendum

Posted by romeethredge on March 9, 2015

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Tri-State Cucurbit Meeting – Jan 23, 2015

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2014

A cucurbit meeting is coming up in Marianna Florida. This meeting will provide the latest research information for commercial growers of watermelons, cantaloupe, squash and other cucurbits.


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Tomato Forum – Quincy, Fla – Dec. 4, 2014

Posted by romeethredge on November 25, 2014

The Tomato Forum is coming up soon.

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Snap Beans

Posted by romeethredge on April 26, 2014

Snap beans are a quick crop but this year they got a slow start with the cool and wet weather. They are looking better recently, however and the oldest fields will soon be blooming.



Here’s Brad Thompson, our local snap bean guru, in one of his oldest fields.



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Carrot Digging Time

Posted by romeethredge on March 14, 2014

It’s carrot digging time in South Georgia and they are turning out well. I tasted one and it was very sweet and tasty. Glen Heard’s crew is going to town on these as the weather allows, and they have many more acres to cover in Decatur and Seminole Counties.  Harvest is also going on in Miller county on Hwy 91, south of Colquitt Ga.

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Wormy Peas

Posted by romeethredge on March 10, 2014

I love southern peas: Pink eye purple hull or Blackeyed peas or Crowder peas, they are all good, but no one likes wormy peas. We have a real problem with the cowpea curculio which causes this.

We have a new UGA publication which discusses this pest. Here’s an excerpt from the publication.

“Southern pea or cowpea is a traditional crop
in Georgia that could be one of the most important legume crops in the
southeastern U.S. if not for serious yield loss caused by the insect known as
the cowpea curculio, Chalcodermus aeneus Boheman.

Damage caused by cowpea curculio in southern pea is two-fold. First, the adults feed on and lay
eggs in the pods; those eggs hatch into larvae that feed inside the pods. This
can significantly reduce green pod and shelled pea yield per acre. Secondly,
live larvae inside the harvested pods can contaminate and drastically reduce the
marketability of peas during processing.”


Click on this link to see the full publication. C 1038 – Cowpea Curculio in Southern Pea


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Question of the Week – Module on Fire

Posted by romeethredge on December 6, 2013

 Last week I had a photo of a cotton module that was almost completely burned. If there’s a spark during the cotton picking process we can see fires due to the large amount of air used in moving cotton through the picker fanning the flame. Also, this can be a result of moisture in the cotton.

There are lots of round modules on the gin yard now as picking progresses.


This week’s question is about Quincy, Florida. Just south of the Georgia line below Bainbridge is the beautiful town of Quincy. I went there yesterday for the Gadsden Tomato Forum. It was a really good update on tomato production for area growers.  I noticed this Coca Cola art just off the town square, you can see the Gadsden County Courthouse in the background.  Also, below that, is a photo I took of the Leaf Theater. I want to ask what these things have to do with Quincy’s history?





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2014 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Tradeshow

Posted by romeethredge on November 25, 2013

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the LARGEST educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors and suppliers. Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited to be a part of this event to address food safety, specific commodity sessions on production practices and increased yields, marketing strategies, and interact with key suppliers and growers. This event will be held January 9-12, 2014 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center!

For more information go to: and from there you can register and find out more information about the conference.


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Tomato Forum – Quincy, Fla

Posted by romeethredge on November 22, 2013

An informational forum will be held in Quincy Florida concerning commercial tomato production.

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Question of the Week – Carrots

Posted by romeethredge on November 14, 2013

Last week I had a photo of a crop just coming up in narrow rows and it was carrots. I had many correct answers. Lots of smart folks out there. Several hundred acres are grown here in most years. They are very good and sweet.

Here’s an excerpt about Georgia Carrots from the UGA Research report that can be accessed at this link.

“Soil and climatic conditions in South Georgia are ideal for the production of quality carrots. South

Georgia’s sandy soils are better for uniform carrot growth than heavy clay soils. During fall and winter,

daytime temperatures are warmer and nights are cooler. These conditions promote sugar storage in carrots,

making carrots produced in south Georgia sweeter and having better color than others grown anywhere else

in the continental United States. Carrots grown in Georgia do not have a bitter taste or strong aroma. Thus,

on the basis of quality we can compete with carrots from Arizona, Florida, Texas or California. Production

time in other leading states, such as Michigan, Colorado, Washington, and most other states will not coincide

with Georgia production.”

Here is this week’s question.

What is this and what is it good for?


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