April 24, 2017
USDA announces new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally.
April 14, 2017
The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association supports a two-prong approach to correct problems with the H-2A program for agricultural guest workers.
April 10, 2017
Everett Williams was named Georgia Farmer of the Year. Williams will represent Georgia at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, in October, when the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award is presented.
April 4, 2017
Southeast farmers plan to plant more acres of peanuts, a few more of soybeans, less of corn, but a lot more of cotton this year, according to the always-anticipated annual USDA Prospective Planting Report, which hit the streets March 31.
April 4, 2017
FROM GRASSCYCLING TO SMART LAWNS, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS REVEALS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE LAWN CARE PRACTICES FOR NATIONAL LAWN CARE MONTH IN APRIL
March 28, 2017
The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture (CAPA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org.
March 24, 2017
Georgia’s peanut crop is expected to exceed 700,000 acres this year, which increases both hope for income improvement and fear of loss to disease, according to Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.
March 20, 2017
From a smart irrigation system for the home landscape to a new recipe for protein-packed meals on the go, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students have some great ideas.
March 13, 2017
Southeast peanut growers plan to plant more acres than last year in an effort to supply a market that wants more peanuts.
March 6, 2017
If Georgia farmers want to maximize their profits, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension economist Amanda Smith says that, like all business owners, they first need to know their costs of production.
February 27, 2017
Unless Georgia has a cool spell to slow things down, a lot of pecan buds will begin to break within two weeks.
February 20, 2017
In a key decision in the water dispute between Georgia and Florida, a court-appointed special master dismissed Florida’s claim it will suffer if Georgia’s water consumption isn’t curtailed upstream in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which covers parts of Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
February 11, 2017
We are well into one of my favorite times of the year, the “winter meeting season.” From January through the middle of April, my fellow Extension specialists and I travel the highways giving updates on crop production for 2017.
January 30, 2017
It is often said that farmers are faithful, optimistic people. It takes a special kind of person to put a seed in the ground, help birth a calf or watch a chick hatch from an egg – to knowingly start down the path to turn that small beginning into food and fiber for the world.
January 23, 2017
More than 1,400 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 41st annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 19, 2017, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.
January 9, 2017
Welcome rains during December 2016 and the first week of 2017 are providing hope for Georgia farmers looking for relief from a statewide severe drought.
January 3, 2017
There is no oversupply of U.S. peanuts. Despite what was otherwise believed earlier in 2016, numbers now show the U.S. peanut market is tight.
December 22, 2016
Kudzu bugs are not native to Georgia, but in the past seven years, they’ve damaged soybean fields across the southeastern U.S. Fortunately a team of University of Georgia researchers may be on the verge of a solution.
December 21, 2016
Twenty-three peanut growers and sheller representatives from across the Southeast, Texas and Virginia-Carolina area began Class X of the Peanut Leadership Academy Dec. 12-14, 2016, in Miramar Beach, Florida.
December 9, 2016
During the Soybean/Feedgrain Committee Conference at the Georgia Farm Bureau Convention, UGA Extension Economist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz provided a 2017 economic outlook for corn, wheat and soybeans.
December 7, 2016
The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series will be held Jan. 18-27. University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state’s largest industry.
November 28, 2016
Growers across the Southeast region will reap the benefit of a $4.4 million, 150-acre cotton breeding facility built by Bayer in Dawson, GA. The grand opening of the facility, which began operating in January 2016, was celebrated October 20 during harvest of the first research crop.
November 21, 2016
The Farm Service Agency of USDA has released the 2016 of peanuts as reported by farmers with adjustments.
November 14, 2016
Georgia farmers are experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent memory, and University of Georgia climatologist Pam Knox cautions that there could be a potential repeat next year.
November 9, 2016
Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Tifton, Georgia.
November 7, 2016
World-renowned researcher Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension weed scientist, will receive the 2016 regional Excellence in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
October 28, 2016
Pecan and cotton crops took the brunt of the agricultural hit by Hurricane Matthew, and southeast Georgia pecan and cotton farmers are still assessing the damage from the Friday, Oct. 7, to Monday, Oct. 10, weekend.
October 19, 2016
Demand is at an all-time high for both more aesthetically pleasing and drought-resistance products and services.
October 13, 2016
This will be an evening to remember as we celebrate Georgia’s top industry and the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Agribusiness Council in style!
October 7, 2016
Georgia lawmaker Rep. Richard Royal and soybean pioneer John Woodruff to be inducted into Georgia's Agricultural Hall of Fame at UGA CAES Alumni Banquet - Nov 11.
October 5, 2016
Peanut Proud and the Georgia Peanut Commission are partnering during the Sunbelt Ag Expo, Oct. 18-20 in Moultrie, Georgia, to collect $1 donations to be used for the purchase of peanut butter for humanitarian efforts.
September 26, 2016
Georgia’s field corn acreage is up and yields should be strong, but prices remain disappointingly low for producers, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed specialist Eric Prostko.
September 16, 2016
UGA Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort advises Georgia’s peanut growers to take action to protect their dryland crop.
September 12, 2016
The University of Georgia and Georgia Department of Agriculture lead the fourth annual state agriculture tour through middle and south Georgia on September 7th.
August 26, 2016
Harvest time may be less than a month away for many Georgia peanut farmers, but UGA plant pathologist Bob Kemerait insists there is still time to treat the crop for white mold disease.
August 19, 2016
A supermarket shopper 50 years ago would never believe the amount of fresh produce available today, especially in the winter. No generation before us has had a more plentiful, nutritious or safe assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables at their disposal.
August 16, 2016
Irrigation significantly improves peanut yields in all rotation systems while the length of rotations also influences yield, according to research conducted in Georgia.
August 8, 2016
SEGreen, SNA's new event, is the roadmap to the future for Southeast growers, landscapers, and retailers.
July 29, 2016
A lack of rain or cooler weather this summer means more calls for University of Georgia peanut entomologist Mark Abney regarding lesser cornstalk borers.
July 25, 2016
Agriculture must take action now to manage the possible onslaught of new organisms, new insects and new diseases that is expected to escalate.
July 15, 2016
With water use and rising expenses a concern, forage sorghum is a cheaper, more effective alternative for Georgia cattlemen feeding dairy cows, according to University of Georgia animal and dairy scientist John Bernard.
July 8, 2016
Summer began in Georgia with warmer than normal temperatures throughout the state and shows no signs of relenting before fall. The hotter than normal temperatures with low rainfall led to an expansion of drought over the month and the introduction of extreme drought to two regions in northern Georgia by June’s end.
July 5, 2016
The European Commission June 28 extended, once again, the authorization for the herbicide glyphosate for another 18 months. The American Soybean Association welcomed the news but is still uncertain for how long U.S. soy will have access the EU market.
June 30, 2016
This will become the most frequently asked question of my 2016 field season: “What is the best fungicide program for peanuts this year?”
June 23, 2016
Many people feel like they have lost their connection to the land and are looking to establish or restore a connection with their food. So they gravitate to labels and taglines that make them feel good--labels that create a "story" but don't offer much information in return.
June 22, 2016
Many soybean farmers don’t realize their fields may be a buffet for soybean cyst nematodes, despite the use of SCN-resistant soybean varieties.
June 17, 2016
Pesticide application through center pivot irrigation systems, called “chemigation,” could allow Georgia cotton growers to treat multiple fields while lowering application costs and minimizing exposure to chemicals. University of Georgia entomologist Michael Toews is studying the efficacy of this method.
June 14, 2016
The latest edition of the Georgia Soybean News is now available online.
June 10, 2016
In May 2016, most of Georgia suffered from a lack of rainfall, while record-setting rain fell in Savannah, Georgia. Drought conditions expanded statewide, and severe drought returned to the northwest corner of Georgia by the end of last month.
May 31, 2016
The average migrant farm laborer is older, female and less likely to migrate, says a new study.
May 20, 2016
The combination of soil moisture sensors and variable rate irrigation (VRI) may help some Georgia farmers increase their yields while decreasing their water usage.
May 12, 2016
Alexandria, Va.—May 12, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has a new website! BetterSeed.org is the go-to source for all information related to the research, development and movement of quality seed to meet the world's demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel.
May 2, 2016
In Southern and Midwestern states, where agriculture and conservatism dominate, farmers know that paying higher labor costs is not an expense that can ever be recouped by raising prices on their products.
April 28, 2016
An estimated 550 folks from the peanut nation, local, state and national leaders and the community convened on Barrington Road in Coffee county to celebrate the Grand Opening of Premium Peanut last Friday, April 22nd.
April 22, 2016
Georgia Commodity Commissions for Beef, Cotton, Equine and Tobacco are accepting nominations to fill several positions for each Board.
April 11, 2016
Low commodity prices and declining credit availability are impeding cash flow for Georgia farmers, said University of Georgia agricultural economist Brady Brewer.
April 1, 2016
Sod farmers, landscape professionals and sports turf managers interested in learning more about the turfgrass industry’s latest innovations are invited to attend the 70th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference on April 26th.
April 1, 2016
UGA Entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying Georgia peanut crops. This is the first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate to farmers when it’s time to apply controls for each pest and when it’s time to cut losses.
March 28, 2016
Georgia Extension agents will now come to farms to teach a series of pesticide-focused trainings to agricultural producers through a new, unprecedented training initiative.
March 23, 2016
The Plant Management Network (PMN) has released a new presentation entitled “Climate-Induced Reduction in US-Wide Soybean Yields Underpinned by Region- and in-Season-Specific Responses,” now available in the Focus on Soybean resource for growers, crop consultants, and extension agents.
March 22, 2016
If peanut farmers produce as many peanuts in 2016 as they did in 2015, there will not be enough room in federally licensed warehouses to store the crop.
March 21, 2016
A group of Georgia Farm Bureau young farmers recently made the trip to Washington to meet with lawmakers, and share their thoughts on issues of importance to Georgia agriculture.
March 14, 2016
The possibility of sicklepod weed becoming resistant to herbicides is a potential concern for all Georgia peanut farmers, said Eric Protsko, UGA weed scientist.
March 7, 2016
Leaky pipes, flat tires and rodent-infested electrical boxes are issues that should be addressed now by farmers with irrigation systems, says UGA Extension Specialist Wes Porter.
March 1, 2016
The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Soybeans recently approved over $240,000 in funding for a wide range of research projects as well as promotional activities.
February 26, 2016
Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait cautions Georgia corn farmers about the El Nino weather pattern that will likely interfere with planting this March.
February 22, 2016
Complaints over off-target movement of chemical applications went down 48 percent from 2014 to 2015, but Georgia farmers must better understand the factors that influence drift.
February 19, 2016
Georgia’s cotton and peanut farmers are not expected to plant seeds for another two months, but they should be tending to maintenance issues now, according to Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.
February 15, 2016
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort insists that poor peanut plant stands in Georgia may not necessarily be due to seed quality.
February 8, 2016
The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) is disappointed in the recent comments made by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack regarding the designation of cottonseed as an ‘other oilseed.’ Secretary Vilsack indicated that he did not have legal authority to make such a designation.
February 2, 2016
The American Soybean Association (ASA) urged the European Commission today to continue its work in addressing delays in the approvals timeline for crops grown with new biotechnology traits.
January 27, 2016
A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia have received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways of combating Johnsongrass.
January 22, 2016
This year’s peanut yields in Georgia was among the state’s highest, but University of Georgia peanut agronomist Scott Monfort fears that next year’s crop will be vulnerable to increased disease pressure.
January 15, 2016
A group of commercial beekeepers, growers and environmental activists recently filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not regulating seeds treated with neonicontoids as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
January 12, 2016
After ending 2015 with some record-breaking warm and wet weather, Georgia’s fruit and tree nut farmers are concerned that the lack of chill hours and soggy soil could damage their crops.
January 5, 2016
Peanut warehouse capacity could reach its limit as the 2016 crop comes in, and farmers need to make sure that their peanuts will have room in a Commodity Credit Corporation-approved warehouse.
December 22, 2015
Brian Ogletree is a member of the 32nd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders. The 2016 program began with a training session at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, in early December.
December 21, 2015
The Georgia Peanut Commission awarded county Extension agents recently with the Georgia Peanut Education for Excellence award.
December 16, 2015
Growers are always expressing concern about the potential negative effects of herbicides on crops. “Is that going to burn my crop?” or “Will that injury reduce yields?” All herbicides have the potential to cause crop injury especially when applied at high rates or at the wrong time. However if you read and follow the herbicide label, you should have no worries!
December 10, 2015
A panel of scientists is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer and main ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans.
December 2, 2015
As a young man working on his family’s farm in Perry, Georgia, Jerry Johnson loved the sight of wheat growing in the fields. Decades later, Johnson, now a respected plant breeder, received the 2015 Inventor’s Award from the University of Georgia Research Foundation.
November 30, 2015
UGA pecan specialist Lenny Wells fears Georgia’s pecan crop will fail to meet initial production projections by as much as 20 million pounds.
November 20, 2015
A new study proves that improved transparency increases consumer trust in food. The Center for Food Integrity's (CFI) latest research, A Clear View of Transparency and How it Builds Consumer Trust, provides proof that transparency builds trust and identifies the most effective practices for building consumer trust.
November 17, 2015
I think 2015 was definitely one of the worse peanut white mold (Sclerotium rolsfii) years in history. High heat and frequent cloudy rainy periods caused it to be worse than usual. It was definitely a year that premium white mold products paid off.
November 9, 2015
Joe Baker isn’t the type of farmer most people picture when they imagine agriculture in the Deep South. He doesn’t grow cotton or peanuts or soybeans. He doesn’t spend his time working with peaches or pecans or blueberries.
November 6, 2015
Two weeks of cloudy, rainy September weather across Georgia have put something of a damper on what was promising to be a bumper crop of pecans, leading to a “mixed situation” for Georgia growers this fall.
October 30, 2015
Led by increases in forestry and livestock values, Georgia’s agricultural output increased by $484 million in 2014, making agriculture, once again, the largest industry in the state with a value of $14.1 billion.
October 26, 2015
After watching U.S. wheat acreage and production slide steadily for 18 years, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has had quite enough and is coming out swinging.
October 20, 2015
“We are all ready to go,” Executive Director Chip Blalock said Monday. “It’s beautiful weather – not too hot, with a nice breeze – and we are ready to welcome 75,000 to 100,000 of our closest friends from all over the world for this year’s show.”
October 15, 2015
Among the many voices debating about winners and losers in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, it appears that U.S. agriculture could come out ahead on the deal.
October 5, 2015
An impending El Niño weather pattern could negatively impact Georgia farmers’ abilities to harvest their peanut and cotton crops, according to University of Georgia climatologist Pam Knox.
September 30, 2015
2015 will be the year to take a test drive at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, where three major pickup truck manufacturers, tractor-makers and ATV-manufacturers invite visitors to get behind the wheel to compare.
September 21, 2015
U.S. peanut production is on track to be the second largest ever. Cotton production ticked up but remains well below last year’s level, and soybean farmers planted their largest acreage ever, according to the USDA September Crop Production Report released Sept. 11.
September 11, 2015
Over 200 attended the Georgia Cotton/Peanut Research Tour in Tifton today as researchers informed the farmers about peanut trends, new products and free advice.
September 8, 2015
Agricultural producers rented and farmed 353.8 million acres of farmland. Of these acres, 80 percent is owned by nonfarming landlords.
August 31, 2015
The 2015 Field Day features industry updates from Bryan Tolar, GA Agribusiness Council, and Dr. Patrick McCullough, UGA Extension Weed Scientist. Don't miss it!
August 24, 2015
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agronomist Jared Whitaker is researching ultra-late-planted soybeans, a potential solution for low soybean yields and even lower corn prices.
August 19, 2015
“We in agriculture love to say we’re feeding the world, and we think everyone is going to appreciate that — but they don’t,” says Allyson Perry.
August 14, 2015
The Turfgrass Group has been named the licensing and marketing agent for TifTuf certified Bermudagrass, (experimental name DT-1), the new drought-tolerant turfgrass developed by a team of researchers led by Dr. Wayne Hanna and Dr. Brian Schwartz at the University of Georgia in Tifton.
August 14, 2015
Peanut growers need to challenge and support their industry groups to continue to work to expand markets, find new uses for peanuts and capitalize on peanut’s already great reputation and foothold in the family diet.
August 10, 2015
Josef M. Broder, who has served as associate dean for academic affairs for the past decade, has agreed to serve as interim dean beginning September 19.
July 31, 2015
Extension Entomologist Mark Abney characterizes 2014 as a “very buggy year” in Georgia and he says last year can provide a number of lessons on peanut insect management this year.
July 31, 2015
Mr. Ernest Allen has been selected to serve as the Director of the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service/Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program’s Seed Regulatory and Testing Division (SRTD) in Gastonia, NC.
July 16, 2015
When clients call Bartow County Agent Paul Pugliese with lawn problems, the first thing he recommends is a soil test.
July 15, 2015
Cotton acres planted were reduced to reflect the June 30 estimate of actual acres planted and acres harvested and yield were tweaked a bit but we still end up with 14.5 million bales. All this plus a 1.2 million bale increase in China’s carry-in stocks, results in a 2 ½ million bale increase in 2015 crop year ending stocks. Ouch.
July 9, 2015
Mark Abney’s message to Georgia peanut farmers is the same today as it was two years ago, when he was hired as the University of Georgia’s research and Cooperative Extension peanut entomologist: “We need to be scouting more of our peanuts.”
July 6, 2015
More than 200 people gathered June 24 for a groundbreaking ceremony that brought new turfgrass research and education facilities on the University of Georgia’s campuses in Griffin, Tifton and Athens one step closer to completion.
June 30, 2015
Mark your calendars for the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference July 23-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. This year's conference “Planting Our Future” offers farmers an opportunity to learn more about legislative issues, market growth and production issues.
June 25, 2015
100 degrees in the shade....and no rain! Help your customers protect their investment - please advise them to irrigate efficiently and follow statewide outdoor water use rules!
June 17, 2015
Innovation Gateway: Helping UGA faculty, staff and students to turn their ideas into products in the marketplace.
June 15, 2015
“The More Things Change… The more they stay the same!” says Dr. Glen Harris, UGA Extension Soil Scientist, who gives us this report. When we switched from growing small-seeded Georgia Green to large-seeded Georgia 06G we really thought we would need to increase our calcium recommendations. But after years of research we concluded that the recommendations didn’t need to change.
June 15, 2015
State, industry and University of Georgia officials will take shovel to soil on June 24 at 2 p.m. as they officially break ground on three new turfgrass research and education facilities.
June 9, 2015
There can be quite a bit of variability in custom harvesting rates when a producer is just hoping to cover their cost plus receive a small profit margin. The cost of any operation depends on a number of factors such as cost of the equipment, condition of the equipment, hours the equipment is used, and the efficiency of the operator.
June 9, 2015
UAC provided public comment (May 5, 2015), joined by several industry leaders who expressed their concerns about the modifications to Exemptions during declared Drought Level 3. All UAC members are encouraged to send written comments to the EPD by May 13, 2015. For additional information, please contact Mary Kay Woodworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-359-7337.
June 2, 2015
A peanut progress update from Rome Ethredge, Seminole County Extension Agent.
May 27, 2015
While many growers rely on the tool of resistant cultivars to control the TSWV in peanuts, experts and growers agree it’s better to use more than one tool to help fix this problem.
May 27, 2015
When considering a cover crop, farmers need to understand the carbon cycle. Carbon is a currency of exchange; it is the food in the soil profile for the biology.
April 20, 2015
From the other side of the world, Clemson University’s Kendall Kirk can activate a fan on his grain bin in Blackville that could prevent thousands of dollars in lost crop value.
April 16, 2015
The University of Georgia’s Office of Vice President for Public Service and Outreach honored UGA Extension specialists Eric Prostko, Clint Waltz and Alfredo Martinez for their outstanding service to the state.
April 13, 2015
While no one knows what the weather will bring this growing season, peanut producers can at least take a few lessons from what occurred in 2014, say Extension specialists in Georgia and Alabama.
“We need to concentrate the most, probably this year and next year, on what we can do to save money when growing peanuts,” says Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist.
April 13, 2015
March 2015 was warmer and drier than usual for most of Georgia. While the warmth encouraged rapid growth of planted corn and other crops, cold conditions late in the month may have caused some damage to fruit blossoms. The warm and dry conditions also increased soil moisture shortages across the region.
April 1, 2015
Improved crop varieties have vastly changed U.S. agriculture across the board, but it hasn’t come without a price. It can take as much as a decade or more and an investment of millions of dollars to take a variety from discovery, through development and ultimately to commercialization and availability.
April 1, 2015
The University of Georgia’s newest bermudagrass release will be under the microscope during the 69th annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference set for Tuesday, April 28 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
April 1, 2015
Georgia has progressed quickly in terms of crop irrigation, while Alabama is playing catch-up, says Wesley Porter who has a unique insight into the similarities and the differences in the two states.
February 22, 2015
Several factors need to be considered when selecting peanut varieties, including yield and grade potential, field history for diseases and nematodes, whether your fields are irrigated or non-irrigated, the availability of high-oleic contract premiums, and maturity.