Reality Setting In: Pecan Crop Much Shorter Than Expected

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By Clint Thompson Georgia pecan growers must realize this year’s crop might not be all it was cracked up to be heading into the season. Even after Hurricane Idalia impacted acreage in Southeast Georgia, growers were hopeful to still produce a bountiful harvest this season. Most believed the crop was later than expected, but that is not the case this …


Chilling Effect: Rapid Temperature Drop’s Impact on Peach Trees

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By Clint Thompson The lack of acclimation period between warm and extreme cold temperatures could detrimentally impact peach trees in the Southeast. Instead of temperatures gradually dropping over a period of time, they can drop rapidly over a period of just a couple of days. Last week was a perfect example. According to the University of Georgia (UGA) Weather Network, …

UGA to Hire Citrus Researchers Next Year

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Georgia citrus growers will soon have research support from the University of Georgia (UGA), says Lindy Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association and member of the Georgia Citrus Commission. She confirmed the news at the recent Cold Hardy Citrus Field Day at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. …

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Quality, Quantity ‘Off’ with Georgia’s Pecan Crop

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By Clint Thompson The quality and quantity of Georgia’s pecan crop is “off” compared to previous years, according to one industry expert. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist, attributes some of the quality issues to the percent kernel being lower compared to previous years. “We’re actually seeing all over the state, even when the kernel looks good, we’re …

Let the Plantings Begin: Vidalia Onion Growers Benefit from Lack of Tropical System

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By Clint Thompson Georgia Vidalia onion producers dodged Hurricane Idalia went it passed through the Southeast on Aug. 30. That, so far, has turned out to be the area’s only threat of a tropical system this fall. It has been a positive development for growers who are on the verge of transplanting this year’s crop, says Chris Tyson, University of …

Current Dry Period Impacting Cover Crop Establishment

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By Clint Thompson Drought-like conditions continue to plague the Southeast region. That has made establishing cover crops a challenge for specialty crop producers hoping to utilize the management strategy. Extended periods of dry weather in the fall can impact cover crops being produced, according to Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. …

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Lingering Drought: Water Needs Continue for Pecan Crop

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By Clint Thompson Pecan harvests are well underway across the Southeast. Some varieties have not reached maturity stage yet. As a result, growers should not abandon their irrigation needs, especially as the current drought lingers and worsens across Alabama and Georgia, according to last Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist, discusses …

Pawnee Pecan Productive for Producers

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By Clint Thompson One of the top emerging pecan varieties provides producers with an early-season option that has desirable size and percent kernel. Pawnees are one of the first varieties to be harvested every year and possess traits that make them highly desirable, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist. “The quality is usually pretty good,” Wells …

Anthracnose Disease a Growing Concern for Peach Producers

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By Clint Thompson Anthracnose disease is on the rise in peaches in the Southeast. University of Georgia researchers are determined to find out why. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit disease specialist, is wary that fungicide resistance is a culprit as to why disease instances have increased in recent years. “I fear, and it’s something we need to …

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Survey Says: Georgia Growers Asked About Impact of Deer

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Deer can be a destructive pest across all growers of the agricultural industry in Georgia. The Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Department of Agriculture and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension want to know how destructive. The three organizations are collaborating on a deer impact survey to help determine the financial losses due to deer in Georgia over the past five years. …