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February 2022                                                                            Volume 8  |  Issue 2

Making sure you stay connected to the latest IPM resources and research happening at the University of Georgia
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Read archived biographies of featured agents and specialists throughout Georgia! 
Root-knot Nematode
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Georgia Commercial and Home & Garden Pest Management Handbooks 

Important note! Beginning in 2022, the Home & Garden Edition will be updated biennially. When purchasing a product based on a first-year recommendation of the Handbook, check the current product label before purchase to be sure it is still labeled for the use for which you are buying it. For pesticide products you have on hand from earlier purchases, you are allowed to use them until they are depleted without penalty under the law. Always follow label instructions before use. Contact the product's manufacturer for the most up-to-date label.

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Sustainability Calculator Helps Cotton & Peanut Farmers: Until now, there has not been a reliable mechanism for measuring sustainability. With recent advancements in technologies, a multi-stakeholder initiative, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, has been at the forefront of the effort to develop a science- and outcomes-based... Read More
2022 Georgia Ag Forecast: The annual seminar shares the latest research and information from UGA faculty to help farmers and agribusinesses in Georgia's No. 1 industry. Download the 2022 report to get a detailed overview of more than a dozen agricultural sectors, published by UGA economists and collaborators. If you missed it, you can download... Read More
Strawberry Grower Frost/Freeze Protection Forecasts: This may be my shortest blog post, but Dr. Mark Hoffmann, with North Carolina State University Extension, does a great job sending out detailed weather forecasts for southeastern small fruit growers. In collaboration with AWIS Weather Services, provides timely information and recommendations. If you want to start... Read More
Monitoring & Mgmt of Blueberry Gall Midge: Although blueberry gall midge has historically been referred to as a rabbiteye problem, recently it has been reported to be a concern in some southern highbush fields. The majority of the highbush infestations were primarily reported in older blocks and those surrounded by rabbiteye blueberries. The southern highbush varieties... Read More
New Submission Protocol for Citrus Greening/Canker Testing: Due to recent personnel changes within the UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, we’ve had to make changes to the protocol for submission of citrus samples for viral and bacterial testing. Bulk samples mailed to the laboratory for routine testing for the bacterial diseases… Read More
Final 2021 UGA Cotton Variety Trial Results: Finalized 2021 On-Farm Variety Trial results for cotton. I am looking forward to discussing these with you all at production meetings. Specific questions on trial management and variety selection can be directed to your local UGA County Extension Agent. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions… Read More
2022 Young Harris Beekeeping Institute: After two years of no in-person meetings, we are excited to be holding our beekeeping institute in person! This is our 30th anniversary at Young Harris College. We are planning for this to be our best institute to date. The list of this year's speakers and the program will be posted on our website by the end of February… Read More
Importance of Potassium in Forage: Potassium is an essential element in plants and is considered one of the three macronutrients, along with nitrogen and phosphorus. The amount of K is reported in almost all routine soil samples. Unfortunately, with price increases, it has gone from being the least expensive to the most expensive of the three… Read More
Should I Burn My Hayfield?: There are several benefits to burning your hayfield. Burning can help producers manage thatch in their stands. If the thatch layer becomes too thick over time, several issues can be created. For example, this past year in my area, leaf spot diseases were severe in numerous hayfields. Thatch can tie up nutrients and be a “spore reservoir” for leaf spot… Read More
Troubleshooting Oat Problems: Using oats as grazing and/ or baleage can sometimes be challenging however; in most years, oats can one of the healthiest and best options for our livestock. Some (most) years, UGA Extension gets calls concerning oats that are discolored, not growing great, or sometimes even dying. Unfortunately, there… Read More
Watch Out for Moldy Hay: While not always on the forefront of our mind, mold in hay can be a problem for livestock. Particularly in years like 2021, where we have had a lot of moisture and humidity during harvest. Not only did the wet summer we had increase our chances of mold, but it made producing quality hay more difficult... Read More
Consider Variable Rate Application to Reduce Fertilizer Costs: Skyrocketing fertilizer prices has every grower thinking about where and how to reduce the fertilizer costs on their farm to remain profitable this year. In order to better manage fertilizer costs, more growers are looking at ways to be more efficient and cost-effective with their inputs and... Read More
February Outlook Likely to be Warmer than Normal: The latest monthly outlook for February 2022 was released earlier this week. It shows that the month is expected to be warmer than normal across the region. However, that does not mean we will not have cold outbreaks but recognizes a shift in the pattern to put a ridge of high pressure over the East Coast and a... Read More
Crop Protection & Pest Mgmt
Deadline: February 28, 2022
The purpose of the CPPM program is to address high-priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively... Read More
NIFA Plant Biotic Interactions Program
Deadline: September 30, 2022
The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate... Read More
Jan - March: Cotton Production Meeting Schedule

Jan - March: Peanut Production Meeting Schedule

Jan - March: Pecan Production Meeting Schedule

Jan - Feb: UGA Horse Owner's Webinar Series

Feb - March: Start, Sustain, Succeed: A Speaker Series for the Young Entrepreneur 

February 3: Middle Georgia Peach Update

February 10: Timber Taxation Workshop

February 11: Landscape Irrigation Training

February 14: Ag Equipment Technology Conference

February 16: Small Game in the Southeast

February 14 & 25: Proposed Changes to Agricultural Water Requirements in the Produce Safety Rule

February 23: Commercial Grape Spray Program Design Workshop

March 29 & 31: Utilizing Precision Ag Technology Workshop

The 2021 Southeast Regional Caneberry Integrated Management Guide covers topics such as pesticide stewardship and safety, insect and disease control, pre-transplant and transplant operations, fungicide and insecticide efficacy comparisons and spray schedules, weed management, wildlife damage, and more. Recommendations are based on information from the manufacturer’s label and performance data from research and extension field tests. Because environmental conditions and grower application methods vary widely, suggested use does not imply that performance of the pesticide will always conform to the safety and pest control standards indicated by experimental data. This publication is intended for use only as a guide. Specific rates and applications methods are on the pesticide label, and these are subject to change at any time.

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