Growers Beware: Manage Drosophila, Sour Rot in Georgia Grapes

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University of Georgia Cooperative Extension reminds grape producers that the time is now to plan their spotted wing drosophila management (SWD). It will help suppress sour rot disease in grapes that are vulnerable. The SWD flies are active year-round but are an extreme pest when grapes approach veraison or begin to ripen. The brix levels in wine grapes can reach …

Wet Summer: Minimal Dry Conditions Reported Across Southeast

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Alabama, Florida, Georgia have sufficient moisture and are not reporting any abnormally dry conditions, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Persistent rainfall has been the dominant story of this year’s summer for most of the Southeast region. Similar conditions are being reported up the East Coast. Only a small portion of Greenville County and Spartanburg County are …

On the Job Training: UGA Students Experience Vineyard Management, Winemaking

Clint Thompson Georgia, Grapes, Top Posts

Internships lead to experience for students in fields they are interested in. They seek opportunities that will help further their education and develop future job skills. For three University of Georgia interns, their summer internship experience has been very engaging. Through a partnership between the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Winegrowers Association of Georgia, three …

Tomato, Pepper Listening Sessions Scheduled with USDA RMA

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Tomatoes, Top Posts

Florida and Georgia tomato and pepper producers are invited to listening sessions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). Feedback about potential production and revenue history policy is wanted for both commodities. The fresh market tomato sessions are for growers in South Florida, industry members and regional insurance representatives. The pepper sessions are for fresh market growers …

Cooler, Wetter Weather Reported in July

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

It comes as no surprise to anyone in the Southeast this summer that July is cooler and wetter than normal in most areas. This is according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension Agricultural Climatologist. Knox reported in her University of Georgia Extension Climate and Agriculture blog that even with the warmer temperatures being experienced this week, cooler temperatures and …

Growing Pains: Georgia Hemp Industry Facing Difficult Challenges

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In a study on genomic and chemical diversity in industrial hemp published in Frontiers in Plant Genetics, University of Georgia (UGA) 2020 doctoral graduate Matthew Johnson and UGA Associate Professor Jason Wallace found “significant naming and quality-control issues” among industrial hemp varieties available to producers. Hemp is the same species as marijuana (Cannabis sativa). The difference is that plants with less …

Market Improvement: Pecan Prices Should Increase Amid Improved Demand

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Good news may be on the horizon for pecan producers in Georgia and Alabama. Market prices may be improving in the near future. According to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, various factors are pointing to an increase in prices for farmers. “It’s looking like all the nuts we held in cold storage, that …

UGA Vegetable Specialist: If it Dries Up (This) Week, We Should be in Good Shape

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By Clint Thompson Daily rainfall this summer is not ideal for Georgia’s vegetable and specialty crop farmers. It is especially concerning for those growers gearing up for fall plantings. But it could be a lot worse, says Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I will say, particularly for South Georgia, we’re …