Commodity Teams

Commodity websites

Our teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.


Cross-commodity programs

Many of our research and extension faculty work in multi-disciplinary teams and roles that affect more than one specific commodity or research area. There are many resources available that can be applied across disciplines and production areas. 


Commodity news:

The Passion hibiscus, developed by UGA plant breeder John Ruter, has burgundy and red leaves and bright-green flower buds that bloom into massive pink flowers. CAES News
The Passion hibiscus, developed by UGA plant breeder John Ruter, has burgundy and red leaves and bright-green flower buds that bloom into massive pink flowers.
UGA plant breeders have developed vivid varieties ideal for Mother's Day
Plants and flowers are popular choices for Mother’s Day gifts each year and University of Georgia plant breeders are responsible for many beautiful varieties available in garden stores.
CAES Dean and Director Nick Place (left) and UGA blueberry entomologist Ashfaq Sial ceremonially plant the first blueberry bush in the new research orchard at UGA's Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia. CAES News
CAES Dean and Director Nick Place (left) and UGA blueberry entomologist Ashfaq Sial ceremonially plant the first blueberry bush in the new research orchard at UGA's Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.
UGA establishes new blueberry research orchard at Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville
Native to North America, blueberries are the most-recently commercially domesticated fruit in the U.S. Just a little over a century ago researchers began studying this wild berry with an intent to develop improved varieties for commercial cultivation.
Sean Posey CAES News
Sean Posey
Student Profile: Passion for math applied to ag productivity questions
Sean Posey didn’t see how agricultural economics would feed his love of math, but a decade into his grad school journey, he’s using those skills and interests to help improve farming practices in Africa. From information communication technologies to gender roles in information-sharing and incentivization programs that will improve groundnut health, Posey has been focused on improving agricultural practices and public safety for the past four years. At the University of Georgia completing his PhD, Posey is working on a research project led by professor Nick Magnan through the Peanut Innovation Lab
Wesley Cleveland poses for a photo in his favorite t-shirt, standing between rows of peanut crops during harvest. CAES News
Wesley Cleveland poses for a photo in his favorite t-shirt, standing between rows of peanut crops during harvest.
Eleven-year-old farmer finds success through passion and pride, despite challenges
Passion, a loaded tractor and a little guidance is all it took for 11-year-old Wesley Cleveland to begin following in his father and namesake Wes Cleveland’s footsteps, becoming a reliable workhand on the family farm. Most notably described as ‘the future of agriculture’ by many in Early County, the younger Cleveland is contributing to Georgia’s nation-leading peanut crop production — and he’s doing most of it on his own.

Upcoming commodity-related events:

Hard To Kill—Why It Is Important To Understand The Mode Of Action Of Insecticides And Miticides Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Dept. of Entomology, Kansas State University Raymond will initially discuss what constitutes a modes of action, and then he will describe the modes of action associated with commonly used insecticides and miticides and why this information is critical in avoiding resistance developing in insect and mite pest populations. He will also present information from the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) and address how modes of action are used in rotation programs. Invasive ornamentals and non-invasive cultivars/species Dr. Gary Knox, University of Florida A number of widely grown woody ornamentals are recognized as being invasive in parts of the southeastern USA. Fortunately, breeding, selection and research has identified a number of cultivars that are sterile or much less invasive than the widely cultivated forms. Dr. Knox will discuss issues surrounding invasive woody plants and highlight sterile or less invasive cultivars that the Green Industry should grow and promote to consumers.
May 13
3:00PM - 5:00PM GTPOB Green Webinar Series Session 3 https://ugaurbanag.com/
Presentations: Adjusting Hay Equipment Lisa Baxter, UGA Extension New Herbicides for Forage Production Clay Williams, Corteva Sam Ingram, Corteva Jason Belcher, Bayer Producer Insights on Baleage Production BJ Marks, GA Hay and Baleage Producer Event is FREE, but pre-registration is required.
May 28
9:00AM - 12:00PM Virtual Hay and Baleage Shortcourse
Join us as we get back at it!  The tour will begin with a Kick-Off Supper outside Blackshear, Georgia, on Monday, June 7, and end in Live Oak, Florida on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. This is a car caravan tour with individuals in their own vehicle with outside visits of Georgia-Florida tobacco farms, farmers and on-farm demonstrations.  Meals will be provided using CDC recommended practices. Pre-registration is encouraged. 
Jun 07
06/07 7:00PM - 06/09 3:00PM 2021 GA FL Tobacco Tour
Managing environmental stresses in the landscape Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A &M University Plants in landscapes may or may not encounter diseases or insect issues, but they are very likely exposed to one or more types of environmental stresses, also known as abiotic stresses. Environmental stresses may include temperature stresses (both high and low temperatures), air quality (e.g. air pollution and gas leaks), water stresses (too much and not enough), light levels (too much and not enough), fertility, and of course soil conditions. Some of these factors are interconnected, and thus complicated. This presentation hopes to elucidate these abiotic stresses in landscapes for cost-effective landscape management.    Disease management in ornamentals Dr. Jean Willian-Woodward, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Univesity of Georgia Jean will talk about the major disease issues and their biological information on o
Jul 15
3:00PM - 5:00PM GTPOB Green Webinar Series Session 4 https://ugaurbanag.com/
What should you do if you have a pesticide accident? Dr. Mickey Taylor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Georgia This webinar will help you recognize the hazards you and your fellow workers face when handling and applying pesticides. You will be able to differentiate the types of harmful effects associated with pesticide exposure and relate the hazard classification system & its corresponding signal words to the personal protective equipment you must wear according to the pesticide’s label. Finally, we will discuss how you should respond to a pesticide spill and how to use the three Cs (control, contain, and clean-up) to manage all sizes of pesticide spills.   Managing ambrosia beetles in nurseries and landscape plantings Dr. Will Hudson, Dept. of Entomology, University of Georgia The speaker will cover the biology of the beetles, seasonal timing, trapping, and factors known to increase susceptibility in plant material.  Also, current management options for the ambrosia beetle problem in the landscape will be discussed.
Sep 16
3:00PM - 5:00PM GTPOB Green Webinar Series Session 5 https://ugaurbanag.com/
Current research and general management of Imported fire ants in nurseries Dr. Jason Oliver, Dept. of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University The talk will cover basic imported fire ant management techniques for nursery, landscape, and turfgrass sites and will provide information on the latest research to develop new and more practical treatments for fire ant quarantine certification in commercial nurseries.   The worst weeds in the landscape and how to control them Dr. Mark Czarnota, Dept. of Horticulture, University of Georgia Weed control starts with proper identification; Dr. Czarnota will cover the most troublesome landscape weeds and discuss the best strategies for cultural and chemical control.
Nov 18
11/18 3:00PM - 11/19 5:00PM GTPOB Green Webinar Series Session 6 https://ugaurbanag.com/
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