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:

Georgia turfgrasses are just beginning to "green up," a term used to describe the time when warm-season grasses like bermudagrass begin to turn green after the winter. Warm-season turf green-up is dependent on the soil temperature reaching 65 degrees Fahrenheit. CAES News
Georgia turfgrasses are just beginning to "green up," a term used to describe the time when warm-season grasses like bermudagrass begin to turn green after the winter. Warm-season turf green-up is dependent on the soil temperature reaching 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tips for turfgrass care leading into spring green up
As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist, I have recently received numerous calls and emails regarding grass selection and planting. This is likely a result of the recent warm, dry weather, which typically activates people to begin working in their landscape, and the increased number of people currently at home. 
Georgia growers, who rely on seasonal workers, need to plan ahead to be prepared for the harvest. CAES News
Georgia growers, who rely on seasonal workers, need to plan ahead to be prepared for the harvest.
Vegetable growers should plan ahead to prepare for harvest in light of COVID-19 pandemic
Most vegetable crops in Georgia — such as bell pepper, specialty peppers, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, yellow squash, and zucchini — are currently being planted into early April. These crops should be harvested in May and June; however, in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Georgia growers, who rely on seasonal workers, need to plan ahead to be prepared for the harvest.
Georgia farmers will soon be harvesting their cotton crop. It's important for cotton producers to know when to defoliate to speed up the crop's maturity process. CAES News
Georgia farmers will soon be harvesting their cotton crop. It's important for cotton producers to know when to defoliate to speed up the crop's maturity process.
Cotton prices may suffer during pandemic
An investors’ recent pessimism in reaction to coronavirus has induced a business slowdown, the pandemic has cast a shadow on the cotton market as well. May cotton futures for old crops closed at 54.93 cents per pound, and new crop December futures closed at 56.10 cents per pound on March 19.
Ambrosia beetle activity is identifiable by the toothpick-sized sawdust tubes they leave sticking out of holes bored in pecan trees. CAES News
Ambrosia beetle activity is identifiable by the toothpick-sized sawdust tubes they leave sticking out of holes bored in pecan trees.
"Toothpicks" sure sign of Ambrosia beetles in pecan trees
Georgia pecan growers should be monitoring for ambrosia beetle now, especially if they have planted new trees or their orchards include trees that are less than three years old. The tell-tale sawdust “toothpicks” sticking out of trees is a sure sign of ambrosia beetles boring into trees.
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Upcoming commodity-related events:

Come learn about forage management and precision hay field technology with hands-on forage and equipment demonstrations. Presentations include:• The nuts and bolts of inoculant applications• Weed control in hayfields• Matching forage quality to animal needsHands-on demonstrations:• Sprayer and seed drill calibration and cleanout• Forage and soil testing• Hayfield irrigation technology• Grid sampling and variable rate fertilizer• How to set up and use a lightbar• UAV demo• Hay equipment demonstrations (weather dependent) Online Registration Links: Online Registration County Extension Agent Registration: CALL OFFICE Meal Sponsor Break Sponsor Exhibitor Equipment Sponsor
Apr 08
8:00AM - 5:00PM Hay and Baleage Shortcourse - Wheeler County Wheeler County Extension Office, Alamo, GA
Advanced Grazing SchoolTuesday, April 14 Learn firsthand how to monitor your pastures using traditional and new technology. Managing problem pasture weeds Forage management with cell phone apps Pasture scoring Insect scouting Pasture yield monitoring NRCS program overview NEXT DAY COLLABORATIVE EVENT: Fencing Field DayWednesday, April 15 This hands-on program will feature university and industry experts. Understanding the building blocks of fencing Moderated group discussions on posts, wire, fasteners, and energizers NRCS program overview Hands-on fence building rotations and demos Troubleshooting electric and temporary fence problems
Apr 14
8:00AM - 5:00PM 2020 Advanced Grazing School Begins at Monroe County Clubhouse, Forsyth, GA
Fencing Field DayWednesday, April 15 This hands-on program will feature university and industry experts. Understanding the building blocks of fencing Moderated group discussions on posts, wire, fasteners, and energizers NRCS program overview Hands-on fence building rotations and demos Troubleshooting electric and temporary fence problems PREVIOUS DAY'S COLLABORATIVE EVENT: Advanced Grazing SchoolTuesday, April 14 Learn firsthand how to monitor your pastures using traditional and new technology. Managing problem pasture weeds Forage management with cell phone apps Pasture scoring Insect scouting Pasture yield monitoring NRCS program overview
Apr 15
8:00AM - 5:00PM 2020 Fencing Field Day Begins at Monroe County Clubhouse, Forsyth, GA
Join us for the Tifton HERD Sale
Apr 21
12:30PM - 3:00PM Tifton HERD Sale Tifton Bull Evaluation Center, Chula, GA
74th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference
Apr 23
8:00AM - 6:00PM *Canceled* 74th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
Come see the results of the new pre-emergent herbicide from Bayer Crop Science! Tour will be followed by dinner and a weed control update from Dr. Lisa Baxter, UGA Forage Specialist. Schedule: UGA-Tifton and ABAC Parking for tour starts at UGA Animal Science Farm (near Cotton Microgin) (approx. address: 795 Animal Science Drive Tifton GA 31793 (corner of Zion Hope and Moore Hwy) Dinner at Blackshank Pavillion (approx. address: 467 Carpenter Rd N Tifton GA 31793_ April 23 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Agenda 5:30 pm               Registration 6:00 pm               Shuttles leave for field tour 7:00 pm               Weed Management Update from Dr. Lisa Baxter 7:30 pm               Dinner provided by Bayer Crop Science
Apr 23
5:30PM - 8:30AM Bayer Crop Science New Pre-emergent Herbicide Field Day - Tifton UGA-Tifton ADS Farm - Park here and catch the shuttle, Tifton, GA
Join us for the Calhoun HERD Sale!
May 27
12:30PM - 3:00PM Calhoun HERD Sale Gordon County Livestock Pavilion, Calhoun, GA
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Georgia Agricultural Statistics

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