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UGA-bred blueberries feed the Georgia market during the blueberry growing season here and when they are licensed to be grown in other countries they provide berries to Georgians and others in November, December and January. CAES News
UGA-bred blueberries feed the Georgia market during the blueberry growing season here and when they are licensed to be grown in other countries they provide berries to Georgians and others in November, December and January.
Worldwide Berries
A tried and true Georgia “boy,” University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith takes pride in creating new blueberry varieties for farmers in Georgia and across the Southeast. Now he can boast that blueberry varieties he’s bred through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have gone global.
August 8, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a tour of four northeast Georgia vineyards, focusing on the cultivation practices and grape varieties that have made Georgia's burgeoning wine industry possible. CAES News
August 8, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a tour of four northeast Georgia vineyards, focusing on the cultivation practices and grape varieties that have made Georgia's burgeoning wine industry possible.
Grape Growers
With the growth and increased marketability of the state’s wine industry, Athens, Georgia, is hosting new conferences that will focus on how to create quality fruit and turn it into a palatable beverage. The Southeastern Regional New Grape Growers Conference will be held at the University of Georgia’s South Milledge Greenhouse Complex in Athens on Dec. 11.
University of Georgia blueberry scientist Scott NeSmith has to keep birds away from his blueberry crop so that he can research and breed new varieties for Georgia growers. His latest trick — using a dancing, inflatable tube man to scare the birds — may lead passersby to believe that the UGA Griffin campus is selling cars. CAES News
University of Georgia blueberry scientist Scott NeSmith has to keep birds away from his blueberry crop so that he can research and breed new varieties for Georgia growers. His latest trick — using a dancing, inflatable tube man to scare the birds — may lead passersby to believe that the UGA Griffin campus is selling cars.
Wacky Scarecrow
Farmers have used scarecrows to keep birds away from field crops for more than 3,000 years. University of Georgia blueberry scientist Scott NeSmith uses a dancing, inflatable tube man to scare the birds away from his research plants.
Beekeeper and bees at the UGA Bee Laboratory on the university's Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia. CAES News
Beekeeper and bees at the UGA Bee Laboratory on the university's Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.
Honeybee 101
There are many bee look-alikes in the insect world. One way to distinguish a bee from other insects is to learn some bee biology.
Spring is right around the corner, and so are spring flowers, summer vegetables and all the gardening these seasons bring. CAES News
Spring is right around the corner, and so are spring flowers, summer vegetables and all the gardening these seasons bring.
Shady Spots
For homeowners surrounded by shade, pollinator-friendly landscapes can seem unattainable, but they don’t have to be. Landscapes graced with trees and an abundance of shade can be great resources for pollinators, too.
A peach tree touches the ground after tropical storm winds blew through the University of Georgia's research peach orchard on the Dempsey Farm in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
A peach tree touches the ground after tropical storm winds blew through the University of Georgia's research peach orchard on the Dempsey Farm in Griffin, Georgia.
Leaning Trees
Farmers aren’t the only ones busy working in their fields to repair damage from Tropical Storm Irma. As the University of Georgia’s peach specialist based on the UGA Griffin campus, my team and I have been busy trying to save young trees in our 3-year-old research orchard. Irma passed through Georgia with strong, sustained winds.
Photos of seeds available at a recent seed swap at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. CAES News
Photos of seeds available at a recent seed swap at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Save Seeds
Every variety of seed has a story. Some seed varieties can be linked to important historical figures, like Thomas Jefferson. As the growing season for summer favorites comes to an end, consider saving seeds from healthy, vigorously producing plants and begin a seed legacy of your own.
On the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia, UGA doctoral student Bruno Casamali is testing different irrigation methods and fertilization rates to give Georgia growers advice on how to grow peaches more efficiently. CAES News
On the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia, UGA doctoral student Bruno Casamali is testing different irrigation methods and fertilization rates to give Georgia growers advice on how to grow peaches more efficiently.
Peach Research
Two years into the job, University of Georgia peach specialist Dario Chavez is pleased with the development of his research program. The new research peach orchard in Griffin, Georgia, is filled with over 130 different peach tree varieties, several newly grafted potential varieties and a host of trees for irrigation and fertilization studies, all in an effort to help growers of the crop that gave Georgia its nickname — the “Peach State.”
University of Georgia researchers are studying the effectiveness of applying a Bacillus bacteria species to the stigmas of female flowers to slow the spread of bacterial fruit blotch from seed to seedling. CAES News
University of Georgia researchers are studying the effectiveness of applying a Bacillus bacteria species to the stigmas of female flowers to slow the spread of bacterial fruit blotch from seed to seedling.
Battling Blotch
Georgia farmers struggle to control bacterial fruit blotch (BFB), but University of Georgia plant pathologists have discovered that naturally occurring bacteria can combat the disease.
Unlike many blueberry plants, Blue Suede holds on to its foilage throughout the year.  It is brightly colored in the fall and green in the winter. CAES News
Unlike many blueberry plants, Blue Suede holds on to its foilage throughout the year.  It is brightly colored in the fall and green in the winter.
Edible Landscaping
The key to creating a visually appealing edible landscape is the artful combination of annuals and perennials. Most edible plants can act as substitutes for annual plants, but there are some options that can substitute for shrubs, vines and small trees.