What to Expect? Southeast Eyeing Hurricane Lee

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By Clint Thompson On the heels of Hurricane Idalia, the Southeast is eyeing another monster storm, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Lee is churning towards the United States as a Category 5 storm. However, there is expected to be little, if any, impact on the Southeast, says Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension Agricultural Climatologist. “If you look …

Root System Development Should Be Key Focus of Pecan Tree’s Early Years

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By Clint Thompson Georgia pecan producers need to avoid “pushing their trees so hard” during the early years. The tops are too large to be supported by their root systems, said Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist. Wells wrote in his UGA Pecan Extension Blog after assessing the damage from Hurricane Idalia last week. The storm led to …

Idalia Aftermath: Southeast Georgia Pecan Crop Heavily Impacted

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s pecan producers continue to assess what’s left of their crop in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia last week. Those in Southeast Georgia were especially devastated by the storm that packed high winds and heavy rainfall. It led to a substantial amount of this year’s crop gone, says Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist. “I …

Warm Gulf Waters Fuel for Idalia

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By Clint Thompson Idalia continues to churn towards the Southeast. The warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico are helping what could be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Florida, develop in its path to the state’s west coast. Pam Knox, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agricultural climatologist, discussed the warmer gulf temperatures and their impact …

Warm Temps, Dry Conditions Help Whitefly Numbers Increase

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By Clint Thompson The inevitable has finally happened in the Southeast; whitefly populations are on the rise. It was bound to happen considering the prolonged hot and dry weather conditions being experienced across the region. “I think it’s still probably localized, but yeah, there are some fields, if you start getting squash coming up, it just pulls them in like …

Algal Stem Blotch Observed on Georgia Blueberry

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Various instances of algal stem blotch on blueberry have been reported in Georgia in recent days, according to the University of Georgia Blueberry Blog. Growers should be aware that since the disease is caused by an alga rather than a fungus, it is highly unlikely that fungicides will be an effective management option. University of Florida recommendations suggest that sprays …

Georgia’s Pecan Crop Estimate Remains a Question Mark

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By Clint Thompson Estimating this year’s pecan crop in Georgia is easier said than done. That’s why Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist, steers clear when making such predictions. Various factors can impact the crop between now and harvest time. It is compounded by the expected increase in the number of young trees coming online this year. “Giving …

UGA Implores Use of Scab Resistant Varieties

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By Clint Thompson One of the best and most efficient ways to preserve pecan fungicides for the future is for growers to not use them as much as they currently do. That’s why University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells continues to advocate the use of scab resistant varieties. If producers grow varieties that are resistant to …

Grape Producers Be Wary of SWD, Sour Rot

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By Clint Thompson Southeast grape producers should be mindful that the time is now to manage spotted wing drosophila (SWD) flies. Doing so will help suppress sour rot in grapes that are susceptible. Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, noted in the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog, that the flies are active …

UGA to Host Vidalia Onion Production Meeting

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Georgia’s Vidalia onion producers should mark their calendars for the annual production meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 6. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and be held at the University of Georgia (UGA) Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center. Attendees will receive updates on disease management, storage trials, flavor research and fertility trials. Anyone with …