Pecan Prices Better Than Originally Expected?

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts

Southeast pecan farmers should be encouraged by market prices as harvest season gets under way across the region. According to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist, prices for Pawnee varieties are up from what was originally projected, as are Stuarts. Plus, there is renewed buying interest from China, which has traditionally been the biggest buyer of U.S. …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

Clint Thompson South Carolina, Top Posts

Clemson Extension agents provided updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Weekly Field Update – 10/12/20 Posted on October 12, 2020 by Justin Ballew Coastal Rob Last reports, “Crops are generally looking very well to press with some welcome rain benefiting fall crops. Whitefly and caterpillar numbers are increasing. With …

Auburn Extension Economist Expects More Participation for CFAP 2

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Top Posts

Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension economist Adam Rabinowitz expects more growers to participate during this current sign-up period for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2. There’s no reason for growers to wait, go ahead and sign up for the program, which continues through Dec. 11, 2020. “I do expect more participation. I would encourage producers to look at this …

Oak Root Rot Biggest Threat to Peach Industry

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts

The most dangerous threat to the peach industry in the Southeast is Oak Root Rot, a soil-borne fungus that can wipe out peach trees, according to Edgar Vinson, Alabama Extension Professor of Horticulture. Oak Root Rot or Armillaria Root Rot, causes stunted leaves, yellow defoliation, chlorotic leaves, death of branches and, ultimately, death of the tree. Unfortunately for peach producers, …

UGA researcher to study potential use of essential oils in organic blueberry production

Clint Thompson Berries, Georgia, Organic, Top Posts

By Josh Paine for UGA CAES News Organic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth. One such tool may be the use of essential oils. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and …

Building Better Soil

Ashley Robinson Florida, Organic, Soil, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Tiffany Bailey and Ida Vandamme It was about 18 months ago when we began planning our first crop to be planted on our newly certified organic field at Honeyside Farms in Parrish, Florida. The field was previously used for pastureland. It was easy to see that we would be starting from a soil structure that is common in our …

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Pecan Crop Remains Ahead of Schedule

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan, Top Posts

The pecan crop in the Southeast remains ahead of its normal production schedule, though cooler temperatures in recent weeks have slowed the crop’s progress, says Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension area pecan agent for Southeast District. “I think the cool (weather) has actually slowed us down a little bit,” Sawyer said. “The crop was already 10 (days) to …

Fire Ant Control Important for Alabama Vegetable Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Fire ant control is essential for Alabama vegetable growers hoping to protect their crop this fall. Alabama Cooperative Extension warns producers that fire ants are known to be pests of numerous vegetable crops, including okra and potatoes. Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Extension Professor, said fire ants can especially be harmful to vegetables because they’ll congregate on plants that have a heavy …