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 …

Artichokes Make for Pretty Plants

Clint Thompson Artichoke, Florida

Did you know you can plant artichokes in your garden or landscape as well as eat them? The artichokes you eat are, in fact, immature flower buds. “Many home gardeners love artichokes, mostly as edibles,” said Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida (UF) associate professor of horticultural sciences who harvests the vegetable from January through March at the UF Institute of …

USDA NASS: Findings for Vegetable Production

Clint Thompson USDA

Production for 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops totaled 758 million cwt in 2023, an increase of 6% from 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The three largest crops were tomatoes, onions and sweet corn. They combined for 54% of all the vegetables total. The value of utilized production for vegetable crops 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 …

Future La Nina Likely Means More Active Tropical Season

Clint Thompson Weather

By Clint Thompson A La Nina weather pattern looms on the horizon. Just how quickly the pattern transitions from the current El Niño remains a question mark, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agricultural climatologist. “The models do not all agree on how fast it’s going to change from an El Niño, go through neutral (conditions) to …

Specialty Crop Grower Magazine: Keeping Competitive in the Modern Marketplace

Clint Thompson Specialty Crop Grower Magazine

By Frank Giles Specialty crop farms across the Southeast have faced myriad challenges over the past few decades, but many farms have embraced new market opportunities and enjoyed growth. One of those operations is L&M. The farm was founded in 1964 by Joe McGee in Johnston County, North Carolina. In the years since its founding, L&M has grown into a …