Can’t Depend on China: Country’s Own Pecan Production Progress a Concern for SE Growers

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson China’s presence as an export destination for U.S. pecans is a thing of the past. Southeast (SE) producers should not rely on China continuing to import substantial amounts of pecans, says Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist. “From this point on, I would not count on China anymore. We may see years where they …

Nematodes a Threat to Southeast Pecan Trees

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Nematodes may be silent pests, but they can wreak havoc on pecan trees if left unchecked. Tim Brenneman, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, said the microscopic pests are common in pecan orchards across Georgia. Growers may not think much about them because they are underground. But they have a proven track record to devastate …

Poultry Litter a Potential Hazard for Vidalia Onion Farmers

Clint Thompson Georgia, Vidalia Onions

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia research into the use of poultry litter as a fertilizer source for Vidalia onions shows it is a potential carrier for E. coli, a surrogate for Salmonella. Laurel Dunn, University of Georgia Extension coordinator and assistant professor in food science and technology, discussed her research at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in …

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Georgia Citrus Growers to Vote on Marketing Order to Fund Research

Dan Cooper Georgia, Research

Georgia’s citrus industry started with the help of University of Georgia (UGA) Extension. Research assistance from UGA could help the industry flourish. Georgia citrus growers will have an opportunity to vote on a marketing order that will help fund potential research, explains Ken Corbett, chairman of the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Citrus Fruits and a producer at Corbett Brothers …

Vidalia Onion Plants Progressing Following Recent Cold Snap

Clint Thompson Georgia, Vidalia Onions

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop is progressing this season despite a potentially devastating cold snap in late January. Cliff Riner, chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee, said multiple days of sub-freezing temperatures stalled the plants but failed to have a catastrophic impact. “We’re doing okay. We’ve had weather, but we’ve come through the weather surprisingly well,” Riner said. …

Not Going Away: UGA Entomologist Cautions Blueberry Producers Against SWD

Clint Thompson Blueberries, Georgia

By Clint Thompson Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) remains a threat to Georgia blueberry production. If growers stray from their spray programs, it could have devastating results, believes Ash Sial, University of Georgia (UGA) entomologist. “Some growers, if they don’t see populations or don’t see activity in the field, especially when the weather is hot and dry, (they think) these flies …

Pecan Producers Should Decrease Input Costs

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Pecan producers need to either decrease their costs of production or increase their yields to improve their sustainability. University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells believes the best option for producers, especially in the short term, is to reduce costs. “We can increase yields, but that’s going to require having the varieties that have …

El Niño Helps Alleviate Dry Conditions Across SE

Clint Thompson Alabama, Drought, Florida, Georgia

By Clint Thompson The El Niño weather pattern this winter has helped alleviate most of the dry conditions across the Southeast (SE). According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, abnormally dry conditions are mostly present in areas across North Alabama and North Georgia. Abnormal and moderate conditions are also observed along the west coast of Florida. Dry conditions stretch as far …

USDA Partners with Georgia to Strengthen Food Supply Chain Infrastructure

Clint Thompson Georgia

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week it has a cooperative agreement with Georgia under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI). Through this agreement, USDA and Georgia are collaborating to offer $7.1 million in competitive grant funding for projects designed to build resilience across the supply chain. Georgia is accepting applications …

Georgia Vegetable Producer: We Can’t Give Up

Clint Thompson Georgia

By Clint Thompson Sam Watson wears multiple hats in his role as a Georgia vegetable producer. Not only does Watson farm in Colquitt County, he also serves as president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association along with being a state senator. Watson is in position to implore legislative leaders to provide assistance against the numerous obstacles challenging the …