Say What? Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

Clint ThompsonSouth Carolina

Weekly Field Update Clemson Extension agents provide updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Anna Sara Hill Zack Snipes Midlands Rob Last Sarah Scott Pee Dee Christiana Huss Upstate Andy Rollins

UF/IFAS Researchers Work to Make Beer Hops a Viable Florida Crop

Clint ThompsonFlorida, Hops

Although plenty of Florida’s craft brewers advertise their libations as brewed with state-grown ingredients, a vital ingredient – hops – is not readily available within the Sunshine State. A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study currently underway, however, may help pave the way for a robust crop of Florida-grown hops. UF/IFAS researchers believe they have …

Georgia Ag Commissioner Harper, Agribusiness Leaders Explore Emerging Indian Market

Clint ThompsonGeorgia

Atlanta, GA – Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper, Georgia Grown staff, and several Georgia agribusinesses visited New Delhi, India, in April on an agribusiness trade mission sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service. The trade mission was led by USDA Under Secretary for Trade & Foreign Affairs Alexis M. Taylor and included representatives from 47 U.S.-based …

USDA Announces May 2024 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

Clint ThompsonUSDA

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for May 2024, which became effective May 1, 2024. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help farmers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.          “I encourage our lenders and borrowers alike …

Downy Mildew Disease Observed in South Georgia Cucurbit Field

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Watermelon

By Clint Thompson Georgia cucurbit producers should be aware that downy mildew disease has been detected in a cucumber field in Echols County. Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension vegetable plant pathologist, noted the observation in the UGA Vegetable Blog. Weather conditions have been conducive for downy mildew development, and Dutta believes it is only a matter of time …

Alabama

Alabama Heirs Property Alliance Helping Educate Residents, Farming Families About Key Issue

Dan CooperAgri-business, Alabama

(AUBURN UNIVERSITY, AL/May 8, 2024) — Heirs property is common in Alabama. There is land in every county that is classified as heirs property, also known as family land. Whether families are attempting to develop or sell the land left by previous generations, the lack of a clear title makes it difficult for families to move forward. Adam Rabinowitz, an …

Georgia Agricultural

Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commissions Seek Nominations

Dan CooperAgri-business, Georgia

(Atlanta, GA/May 8,2024) — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper has announced that 12 of Georgia’s Agricultural Commodity Commissions are seeking nominations from producers to serve on their respective commissions. Nomination forms are available on the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website and will be accepted until May 24, 2024. The Georgia Department of Agriculture administers these commissions, which oversee farmer-funded programs dedicated …

AFVGA Executive Director Optimistic About State’s Strawberry, Peach Crops

Clint ThompsonAlabama

By Clint Thompson Optimism abounds for Alabama’s strawberry and peach crops this season. Blake Thaxton, executive director of the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA), highlighted what he has heard from growers so far this year, starting with excitement geared towards a generational-type strawberry crop. “I’m hearing very good things about the strawberry crop. People are saying things like …

2,4-D Herbicide Drift Damage Showing up in Pecan Orchards

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Herbicide damage is showing up in Southeast pecan orchards. This is the result of row-crop burndown, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension pecan specialist. It also has some growers concerned about the potential impact of 2,4-D mix drift on this year’s crop. “This is never a pleasant situation. It tends to be infuriating, nerve-wracking, …