Tobacco Time

The Georgia-Florida Tobacco tour recently swung through Columbia County with a stop at the R.T. Dicks Farm. The tour was led by Dr. Jay Michael Moore, Extension Tobacco Agronomist with University of Georgia. Participants started in Waycross, Georgia and visited 16 farms before ending the two day tour in Lake City. Tobacco industry representatives and …

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Jefferson County Farm Tour Part 1

The Tri-State Row Crop Climate Learning Network was treated to a tour of several farms in the Monticello area, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County. The tour included a visit to the Fulford Family Farm, where Earnest Fulford is effectively integrating bahaigrass and cattle into his cropping system. Earnest had the opportunity to work with a landowner to develop …

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Jefferson County Farm Tour Part 2 (Video)

The Tri-State Row Crop Climate Learning Network was treated to a tour of several farms in the Monticello area, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County. The tour included a visit to the Brock Family Farm, where Kirk Brock utilizes a rotation of corn, peanuts, and soybeans. Kirk described the land he farms not as dryland, but rather “irrigated by God.” If my memory …

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What is a Citron Melon?

This time of year we often encounter citron melons in our crops and gardens. A citron is sometimes referred to as a stock melon or a preserving melon. The citron melon belongs to the same species as watermelon, but the fruit is inedible in the raw state. It should not be confused with the citron of the …

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Let ‘er Rip (Corn Planting Video)

Visiting with farmers this spring, I am hearing more emphasis placed on cover crop residue and in-row subsoiling. We know each of these can be important management practices for corn planting on the coastal plain soils. Locally, farmers continue to develop the tools which will build their confidence in leaving larger amounts of crop residue …

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Sugarcane Aphids Building

I have been out of town for a week, so unfortunately any observations are not my own. However, going by the number of phone calls I’ve received I’m certain  many fields are above treatment thresholds at this time. I was asked to look at a crop of sorghum before leaving last week, and found a great looking …

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Chinese Whispers

Most people know the “telephone game” or a game the world calls Chinese Whispers. In the grade school version, the teacher tells a secret to the first student, and the student take turns sharing the secret with each other. Sometimes the end message matches the original, and other times they are almost unrelated. This week, my life …

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Get Your SCARE On

The students of Columbia High School are looking forward to their first ever Fall Festival and Corn Maze. Students in many campus organizations have worked together with the community to plan a fun and frightening event. The members of the Student Government Association (SGA) gave several of us a sneak peek of what is in …

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Rapid Response to Emerging Agricultural Threats-White Sugarcane Aphid

I am proud to announce the US Environmental Protection Agency has approved a Section 18 Exemption for the use of Transform WG Insecticide for control of White Sugarcane Aphid (WSA) in forage sorghum grown in Florida.  This exemption is valid until 12/31/14 and allows rescue treatments for late planted sorghum.  We have unfortunately been seeing area …

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