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Spring gardening 2018

Published on 03/05/2018

Spring is here and so, too, the time to get out and plant your favorite fruit and vegetables. Gardening can be fun for people of all ages. Whether you're just learning how to put your plants in the ground, or you're an expert who loves the challenge of making things grow, every one can use professional advice. This is our annual collection of spring gardening articles from University of Georgia experts. It will provide timely advice on multiple topics, like bell peppers, protecting your crop against rabbits and protecting your lawn from burweed. These articles are written for Georgians with scientific advice from researchers within the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Happy gardening!

Water Summits FDA received negative feedback concerning complex standards in the Food Safety Modernization Act and Produce Safety rule. Published February 28, 2018Author:

Water summits in Tifton, Georgia, this week and across the U.S. provide fruit and vegetable growers with an opportunity to discuss water use on farms and simplification of existing water regulation standards with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials.

Blueberry Pest Field Day More than 70 farmers attend UGA annual blueberry integrated pest management (IPM) field day. Published February 28, 2018Author:

With spring approaching, blueberry farmers focus on maximizing their 2018 yields, which means finding new ways to deal with pests like gall midge and spotted wing drosophila. To help these growers stay on top of potential pest problems, University of Georgia integrated pest management (IPM) researchers hosted a spring field day in Alma, Georgia, on Feb 21. Over 70 regional farmers from several southwestern Georgia counties, such as Bacon, Clinch, Appling and Pierce, attended the half-day event.

Pest Management Field Day University of Georgia blueberry research will be on display at a field day in Alma next week Published February 15, 2018Author:

Specialists from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will lead a blueberry-centric integrated pest management (IPM) field day on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Alma, Georgia.

Blueberry Disease Lime sulfur can reduce the amount of inoculum carried over from one growing season to the next. Published February 07, 2018Author:

The key to managing Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot disease in blueberries, which makes the fruit unmarketable, is one application of lime sulfur approximately two weeks prior to bud break, according to Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit pathologist.

Peach Crop Chilly temps bring hope to Georgia's peach farmers. Published February 01, 2018Author:

Georgia is due for another blast of arctic air this week and, while Georgians themselves might be groaning about the cold weather, it’s beneficial for the state’s peach crop. These chilly days provide the cold temperatures that Georgia’s fruit crops need for healthy production this summer.

Spotted wing drosophila Practices like heavy pruning, controlled burns of wooded areas surrounding blueberry orchards, and the use of weed mat as a ground cover are effective tools in SWD management. Published January 19, 2018Author:

University of Georgia entomologist Ashfaq Sial advises Georgia blueberry farmers to manage the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), the crop’s most destructive pest, by incorporating cultural practices into farming.

Peach Crop Georgia's peach crop requires a number of chill hours to produce each year. Published November 27, 2017Author:

Cooler temperatures are needed this winter to avoid another disastrous peach season, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension County coordinator in Taylor and Peach counties. 

Blueberry Production Nematodes are microscopic, worm-like parasites that attack the plant's roots. Published October 11, 2017Author:

Nematode control is one of the costliest hurdles to blueberry production on replanted sites. Through research trials in Appling County, Georgia, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Shane Curry found that adding pine bark mulch when replanting blueberry fields helps to combat the pests.

Grape Growers Workshop Financial planning and horticulture help available for aspiring vineyard owners. Published August 19, 2017Author:

For many wine lovers, running a vineyard is the ultimate dream job, but not many are able to make that dream a reality. 

New to Grapes? UGA Extension specialists will offer aspiring wine makers a crash course on the wine industry August 16. Published July 27, 2017Author:

Georgia’s growing wine industry has an annual impact of more than $7 million on Georgia’s economy, but new growers may have difficulty knowing whether the vineyard business makes sense for them.


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