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Collecting Samples

nematode infested roots

Learn how to properly collect soil and root samples to test for nematodes. Nationwide, crop losses caused by nematodes are estimated at around 5% to 10% annually. In the Southeast, where environmental conditions favor growth and reproduction of nematodes, losses are even higher. The seven most damaging nematode species that affect Alabama growers are soybean cyst, lesion, stunt, lance, reniform, ... Read More »

A Weighty Decision

shelled nuts

Dig at optimum maturity with the aid of a profile board. • By Amanda Huber • Determining when to dig is always tough. The maturity profile board, developed in 1981 by E.J. Williams and J.S. Drexler, ushered in a new era of determining how close to ready a crop was without special equipment and the destruction of the pods. Auburn ... Read More »

10 Key Impacts Of Cover Crops On Soil Health

stip tillage

Cover crops protect and improve the soil when a cash crop is not growing. Ways that cover crops lead to better soil health and potentially better farm profits are outlined in the following 10 key impacts. 1 Cover crops feed many types of soil organisms. Most soil fungi and bacteria are beneficial to crops. They feed on carbohydrates from plant ... Read More »

Southeast Climate Outlook

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What to expect for the rest of this growing season and into the fall harvest period. • By Pam Knox, University Of Georgia Weather Network And Agricultural Climatologist • Now that June 1 has passed, we are in climatological summer and also in the official Atlantic tropical season. What can we expect for the rest of this growing season and ... Read More »

Soil Moisture Sensor Q & A

water sensors

Increase water-use efficiency with the aid of sensors for irrigation scheduling. • By Michael T. Plumblee, Clemson University Precision Agriculture Extension Specialist • Water is needed for the plant to grow, and for peanuts specifically, it is needed to move calcium from land plaster into the pegging zone and then into pods. It also improves the effectiveness of pesticides, such ... Read More »

Unlocking Pigweed

palmer pigweed

Have plant geneticists found the key to Palmer amaranth’s glyphosate resistance? Just hearing “pigweed” can cause fear in row-crop farmers, but Clemson University geneticist Chris Saski and other researchers believe they have discovered the armor this dreaded weed uses to protect itself against glyphosate herbicide. According to researchers, a specific genetic feature — the extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) replicon — ... Read More »

Virtually There

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Industry groups adjust to meeting online, hope for added participation. • By Amanda Huber • ‘‘The show must go on!” This was the cry of the circus ringmaster in his fancy coat and top hat to the crowd of spectators. Performing with live animals or carrying out daring acrobatics high above the big top often led to mishaps briefly stopping ... Read More »

Albert Culbreath Honored For Research Contributions

albert culbreath

A well-known scientist in the peanut industry, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research pathologist Albert Culbreath has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. The society grants this honor to members in acknowledgement of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the APS. The Fellow recognition is based on significant contributions in original research, ... Read More »

White Mold Warning

white mold

Favorable weather could signal an earlier onset of fungal disease. • By Amanda Huber • It was the second warmest March on record across the globe according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the Southeast, the area was classified as much warmer than average. By April, conditions were still warm, and Pam Knox posted on the University of ... Read More »

Rootworm On The Rise

corn rootworm adult

This damaging pest is typically found in heavier-textured soils with more moisture. • By Amanda Huber • The southern corn rootworm is an emerging insect pest in Georgia, according to University of Georgia Extension entomologist Mark Abney. The adult stage, the spotted cucumber beetle, is easily identified. The immature stage is not and may go undetected until peanuts are graded ... Read More »