Black Layer Rapidly Forming in Southern Areas

Our earliest planted corn has already reached black layer.  This is the abscission layer in which shuts out all nutrient and water movement into the kernel.  This is an important time to recognize, since it is a visual indication that the kernel has reached it final weight.  Much of the rest of the crop in… Read More Black Layer Rapidly Forming in Southern Areas

Corn Progress Good but Still in Danger; Other Row Crops Good but Pay Attention

Rains over the last week have been most helpful in slowing and conserving irrigation; and much of it came in time to improve some of the dryland production, particularly in N. Georgia.  While some areas have experienced very dry conditions in the previous weeks, setting back some of their production, most row crop producers show… Read More Corn Progress Good but Still in Danger; Other Row Crops Good but Pay Attention

A Georgia row crop disease update.

From time to time, I like giving updates from Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Plant Pathologist and all other Extension corn team members. The following is a timely update from Dr. Bob: “Here is our current crop “sit rep”: 1.  Weather- warm, humid, coming off rains, is generally favorable for spread of fungal diseases. 2. We… Read More A Georgia row crop disease update.

USDA Update: A Pandemic Premium for Cover Crops

Producers who have crop insurance coverage may qualify for a premium benefit in a new USDA pandemic assistance program if they planted cover crops for the 2021 crop year. The Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday some cover crop acreage could be eligible for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency. The program is designed to help… Read More USDA Update: A Pandemic Premium for Cover Crops

Irrigating Corn To Reduce Stress and Make a Profit

I published a portion of this topic last year and thought it appropriate to republish some of it due to current conditions. Growing degree units are accumulating at daily maximum and the heat (93 degrees+) is pushing the crop and it will be difficult to keep up with the daily water demand in corn.  If… Read More Irrigating Corn To Reduce Stress and Make a Profit

Needed Rain Brings High Winds, Hail and some Flooding

Some rain began to fall in dry areas this week which was much needed, but unfortunately, it brought hail, lodging and some flooding in areas of north and east Georgia. This is certainly the time of year we can expect reasonable rainfall to occur throughout Georgia but the last couple of events have been more… Read More Needed Rain Brings High Winds, Hail and some Flooding

It May be a Good Time to Stop and Assess our Corn Crop

This time of the year on the farm is always busy with planting, managing crops, getting supplies, moving tractors from field to field, troubleshooting problems, fixing equipment…..the list goes on and on.  So, you certainly get the picture.  There is much to do but little time to do it, right?  IF you planted over a… Read More It May be a Good Time to Stop and Assess our Corn Crop

Cold Days Ahead for Corn

IF you are watching the weather forecast for the state, it will get much colder over the next few days.  Just how cold remains to be seen.  When it comes to our corn crop, should I be concerned?  First, I will point you to Dr. Eric Prostko’s blog post, https://ugaweedscience.blogspot.com/ , regarding the potential spraying… Read More Cold Days Ahead for Corn

Climate Smart Agriculture?

What is climate-smart agriculture?  Well…..there are a lot of definitions of this term and they don’t always mean the same thing, but it is about to become policy in many areas of our government.  Taking a tag line from the movie Apollo 13, “Houston, we have a problem”.  USDA published in the Federal Register a… Read More Climate Smart Agriculture?

Check Your Small Grain Fields for Aphids

In the southern part of the state, corn growers are busy either planting or preparing ground to plant. Every day is crucial to move towards hitting the ideal window for good yields in corn. Yet, so many other needs on the farm, need the same attention. If you happen to have any small grain production,… Read More Check Your Small Grain Fields for Aphids