2014 Small Grain Varieties

The Small Grain Performance Tests on the statewide variety testing website have been completed, you can see here – 2014 Small Grain Performance Tests. Variety characteristics presents great information that tells us a lot about disease and insects. This can also be found through that link also.

2014 Variety Characterisitcs

Below is some variety information UGA Extension Agronomist Dr. Dewey Lee passed out at our Grain Update:

2014 Grain Varieties

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Grain Mold In Sorghum

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We’ve seen many different pest and environmental issues play out with during this season. A new insect pest has come in the state affecting sorghum (white sugarcane aphids). We confirmed charcoal rot which correlates with hot, dry weather especially post-flowering. Now we are seeing “grain mold” aka “head mold.” The symptoms are the pink, orange or white seeds on the heads infected by Fusarium and black seeds on heads infected by Curvularia, Alternaria or Helminthosporium.

UGA Extension Grain Pathologist Dr. Alfredo Martinez says, “Grain mold is caused by a complex of several fungi including Fusarium, Phoma, Curvularia and some others. High humidity/ rains which coincides with grain maturing can be the main effector of this disease. Nothing can be done at this point in terms of fungicides. Next season, planting date might be an option (trying not to coincide grain maturity with rains), genetic resistance.”


“Head blights and molds can be partially avoided by adjusting planting dates so that plants mature during a period without frequent rains. Some sorghum genotypes are more resistant than others but none are considered to be completely resistant. Although the fungi infect seeds, there is no clear evidence that seed-borne infections greatly influence the occurrence of these fungi on seeds in subsequent crops.” – Common and Important Disease of Grain Sorghum (Dave TeBeest, Terry Kirkpatrick and Rick Cartwright)

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When Do Peanuts Shut Down?

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Here is a picture of the buying point in Boston. Most peanuts in the county are harvested. Yields have been fairly well in many parts of the county considering the season. Much of the rain we had has come through Thomasville then on to Pavo. Dryland acres through this section have faired okay. There are some good grade reports so far, many in the upper 70s. Lower grades have been reported on fields where rain came after digging and couldn’t get dry.

Many fields in the northwest part of the county did not receive adequate rain or rain didn’t start until a month after planting. These fields need time, but we have to watch vine condition. Based on peanuts we’ve checked this week, we can see they are still moving, but at a slow rate we can see. This is due to night time temps being in the 50’s. When do they shut down completely? UGA Extension Agronomist Dr. Scott Monfort says it takes several days with nighttime temperatures in the 40’s before they shut down. Fortunately, we have only seen one to two days of this. As far as the risk of freezing and digging peanuts, Dr. Monfort says we typically need to be a couple of days ahead of a freeze or a frost with digging or leave them in the ground until frost happens to reduce the risk of frost damage. Frost damage is going to be greater risk the day peanuts are dug since kernel moisture content is high.



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Forage Seeding & Inoculant Considerations

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We are now planting oats, rye, clover and other forages now. These are generally planted during the month of October for grazing.We are a little early to plan for grain since heads can be damaged by cold later on. This field has been broadcasted with rye after peanuts were harvested which will be used for grazing here soon. We need to be aware of our seeing rates and planting depths. Below is a chart of seeding rates of grasses and legumes:



For legumes, it is important to have innoculants put out with them for nitrogen fixation. Inoculants are live bacteria so they need to be kept cool and moist until planting to get good root nodulation. In some situations were a legume like Crimson Clover is planted in a field which has had clover many seasons, we may not need the inoculant if there is plenty of organic matter. Below is a list of inoculants from the Georgia Forages website.


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Georgia Clean Day Announced


A 2014 pesticide clean day has been announced for our area. This program is organized and administered by The Georgia Department of Agriculture, through funding provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This program gives everyone an opportunity to properly dispose of old, unusable pesticides that are no longer needed or that are no longer labeled. The collected materials are turned over to a hazardous waste contractor for disposal. There is no fee charged to participate in this program but you must pre-register by October 27, 2014.

Take advantage of this opportunity to eliminate and minimize liabilities associated with continued storage of unwanted/unlabeled wastes on your property and/or farm.

Call the Brooks County Extension office if you need additional information at 263-4103. In order to participate, you must register materials. Here is a 2014 Georgia Clean Day Registration Form.

Here is a snap shot of acceptable and excluded materials:


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Harvest-Aid Applications In Soybeans

UGA Extension Weed Scientist Dr. Eric Prostko warns us to avoid early-harvest-aid applications in soybeans.

“Early applications (>40% seed moisture) will likely result in significant soybean yield loss as a result of reduced seed weights (Below).  The 40% seed moisture contest roughly coincides with the R6.5 to R7 stages of growth.  R6.5 = Full Seed = all normal pods on 4 uppermost nodes have pod cavities filled.  R7 = Beginning Maturity = one normal pod on main stem of all plants has reached mature color (Below). Official UGA soybean harvest aid recommendations can be found on page 517 of the 2014 UGA Pest Management Handbook. “




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Mid-Atlantic Grazing Conference

Mid-Atlantic Grazing Conference set for November 12-13 in Moultrie, GA.  The program is packed with information to improve management on pasture-based dairying in the Southeast. The program includes in classroom material, on farm discussions, and demonstrations with simulators and equipment.

  • Grazing management
  • Genetic selection
  • Branding and marketing
  • Herd management
  • Building soil organic matter
  • Rainfall/runoff simulator
  • Equipment demonstrations
  • Incorporation of Corn Silage

The conference is also offering an optional tour for November 14th.

The attached flyer has the event’s website.  The website has up to date information regarding the agenda as well as how to register and where to stay.  If you register by November 1 and use the promotional code “EARLY2014″, you’ll receive a 10% discount.


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