Monthly Archive: July 2012

Kudzu Bugs Invade Southeast

  A new exotic pest, commonly called the Kudzu Bug, was found in Georgia during autumn 2009. The population has increased and spread since its discovery. As of July 2012, it has been confirmed in eight southeastern states, including Florida. The Kudzu Bug, Megacopta cribraria, is also identified as the bean plastid, lablab bug, or …

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WEATHER, CALCIUM and PEANUTS

          Calcium is essential for high quality peanuts, and that makes calcium management one of the more critical aspects of peanut production. Soil moisture plays a critical role in absorption of calcium. Calcium is “passively” absorbed by the developing peanut fruit. In other words, the amount absorbed depends on the concentration of water soluble …

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Cool Off with a Cold Glass of Milk

A cold glass of milk on a hot summer day offers more than just cool refreshment. Who knew one eight-ounce glass of milk provides: Calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth. Riboflavin and vitamin B-12 for a healthy nervous system. Niacin for normal enzyme functioning. High-quality protein for lean muscle. Potassium for …

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The Dangers of Pesticide Drift on Cotton

Pesticide drift is a chronic concern for anyone who applies herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and any other compound meant to control or kill a problem specie. These photographs show the effects of 2,4-DB drift from a peanut field to a cotton field across the road. Although the damage looks terrible, the plant will grow out of …

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Totally Tasty Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in backyard gardens.  With each plant capable of producing 8-10 pounds of fruit or more, good gardeners may have more tomatoes than they can eat.  If you lack a green thumb, tomatoes are easy to find at farmers markets, roadside stands, and even grocery stores. Botanically, the tomato is …

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Wakulla County Honeybees Doing Well After T.S. Debbie

Wakulla County’s honeybees are still bringing pollen to the hives. Wakulla County’s honeybees are still foraging as the available blooms are fading with the approach of summer’s dog days. Some pollen is still being brought to the hive by worker bees. Tropical Storm Debbie necessitated mosquito spraying in parts of the county, but with negligible …

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Energy Efficient Homes: Air Conditioning

Photo by Les Harrison, Wakulla County Extension Director Welcome to the Florida summer!!! Feeling the heat?  No pool to cool off in?  Running your air conditioner and then feeling blue when the bill arrives?  Let’s review some basics in energy-efficient use of your air conditioner.  Perhaps you and your family could make some small changes …

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Washington County: Crop Conditions Good

Temperatures in the 90′s and high humidity may open-the-door to white mold in peanuts Summer rains are coming on a regular basis and with sufficient quantity. Corn, cotton, soybeans and peanuts are all looking very good, better than they have in the past three years. Pressure from Army Worms is still a problem in fertilized …

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Something Fishy

This may sound like a fish story, but it’s true!  People are eating more fish and shellfish than ever before!  While seafood has always been popular in the South as a whole, no area is more graciously endowed with an abundance of fresh seafood products than the northern Gulf Coast.  The warm waters of the …

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Zinc Toxicity in Peanuts

Circular Area of Stunted Peanuts Recently a farmer called me to come look at a field of Georgia 06-G peanuts that he had planted.  There were several areas in this 40 acre field similar to the one pictured above.  The peanuts in these areas were severely stunted compared to healthy plants.  Upon closer examination of …

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