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Our Forestry Update that was previously scheduled for this Wednesday, October 10 has been canceled. Once we have set a new date for this meeting we will distribute that information. The new date will likely be this December.
Below are Dr. Kemerait’s comments on the weather conditions concerning row crops:
“There is the obvious damage that wind and rain will bring, especially to the cotton crop- lodging cotton and putting lint on the ground. For cotton not yet ready to pick, the weather could increase boll rot, though there is really nothing we can do about that.
For peanuts, the question is timing of digging. It is my opinion that if the vines and pegs are healthy and not too much defoliation from leaf spot or damage from white mold is present, then it is better to leave the peanuts in the ground and to dig them after the storm passes.
If the peanuts are severely affected by leaf spot disease (significant defoliation) or disease (white mold) and the potential for yield loss is severe if they must stay in the ground into next week, then I would consider digging them.
If the crop is already behind in being dug (past harvest maturity) or the soil is “heavy” and digging may be delayed considerably, then I would also think about digging them.
Where peanuts are two or more weeks away from projected digging date, growers should consider whether a final fungicide application for management of leaf spot is needed.”
Pam Knox, UGA CAES Agricultural Climateologist suggests following updates from the National Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov. Wind is of the main concern and will reach speeds high enough to cause a lot of damage to crops, trees, and power lines. Isolated tornadoes could also occur. She also suggests moving livestock and equipment from low lying areas. Conditions are expected to be worse than Hermine in 2016 so if generators are needed they should be prepared for use. Power outages could last for several days.
Here is an update from UGA Extension Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells:
We have had a heavy bloom of female flowers and a good early nut set on ‘Desirable’ this year, but anyone that has been around pecans for long knows this cultivar has a nut drop in June each year. When this occurs the trees may drop as much as 30-60% of the nuts on the tree. The June drop continues to about 40-45 days after pollination, and is due to the lack of successful fertilization of the egg and sperm. This is an inherent characteristic of ‘Desirable’ in particular and this self-thinning is also the reason this cultivar can have consistent production from one year to the next
‘Stuart’ will also have a June drop but it is usually not as severe or as noticeable as the ‘Desirable’ drop. There is nothing you can do about this drop and there is nothing wrong with the trees when it occurs. If seeing this drop bothers you I recommend not going into the orchard to look until its over. Desirables always drop down from 4 and 5 nuts per cluster to 0, 1 and 2 nuts per cluster. The trees will still have good production. I began seeing this last week and it will likely continue for a week or so.
Each year, economists from UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture present an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year.
The upcoming farm bill and the Food and Drug Administration’s veterinary feed directive (VFD) will be the featured topics this year. Bob Redding of Washington’s The Redding Firm, will share information and moderate a conversation about the upcoming 2018 farm bill in Macon, Tifton, Bainbridge, Lyons and Waynesboro. This year’s 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast meetings in South GA will be held at these locations:
Monday, January 23: Tifton – UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
Tuesday, January 24: Bainbridge – Decatur County Agricultural Center
Wednesday, Jan. 25: Lyons – Toombs County Agri-Center
Thursday, Jan. 26: Waynesboro – Burke County Office Park
Click on this link to see all other dates in Georgia and registration: http://www.caes.uga.edu/about/signature-events/ag-forecast.html
Each session will have the following schedule (Except Tifton):
- 9 a.m. – On-site check-in and coffee
- 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Seminar presentations
- 11:30 a.m. – Networking lunch
- 7 a.m. – On-site check-in and coffee
- 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast buffet lines open
- 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Seminar presentations
A full AGAware workshop will be held on November 14, 2016 in Douglas, Georgia. The workshop being conducted by the Corporation for Community and Economic Development United of Georgia, Van McCall, Education, Outreach & Special Programs Manager, AGAware Team Manager, AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA. This opportunity is geared for young, beginning and/or small farmers. There is no charge to attend which includes a complimentary meal.