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Pecans on the ground in an orchard on the University of Georgia Tifton campus. CAES News
Georgia Pecans
Too much, and then too little, rain left Georgia pecan growers with smaller and, sometimes, empty nuts this season. The small size of pecans in the crop this year is expected to significantly impact the state’s overall production.
Pictured is George Vellidis in one of his introductory precision ag classes from previous years on the UGA Tifton Campus. CAES News
Specialized Academic Courses
The addition of specialized agriscience and environmental systems courses — precision agriculture, sustainable agriculture and plant breeding/genetics — is expected to bolster already strong academic programs at the University of Georgia Athens and Tifton campuses.
Sleet encases a branch of a leyland cypress tree in Jackson, Ga. CAES News
Cold Plants
Landscape plants get plenty of attention during the summer, but they need protection during Georgia’s winter months. Rather than trying to keep plants warm, gardeners should help protect plants from wind, snow, ice, drastic soil temperature changes and heat from the sun on cold days.
Asian agricultural scientists visited the University of Georgia this week to share with and learn from researchers in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. UGA animal and dairy scientist John Bernard is shown giving the group a tour of the dairy farm on the UGA CAES campus in Tifton. CAES News
Mini Summit
A group of scientists from China, Taiwan and Japan traveled to south Georgia this week to share their work with University of Georgia researchers during the Seventh Annual Mini Summit on Food, Policy and the Environment. Cultural differences and thousands of miles separate the group, but they are unified in their primary concern — the safety of the world’s food supply.
Pictured is a pecan affected by scab disease. CAES News
Pecan Scab Resistance
A major disease plaguing Georgia’s pecan crop, scab is a growing problem for state producers due to increasing resistance to the fungicides used to control the disease.
University of Georgia Extension agent Mark Freeman, right, and Kris Irwin, who teaches in UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, seine for fish during a training for south Georgia Extension agents on Sept. 26, 2014. CAES News
Forestry/Fisheries Training
South Georgia foresters and landowners connected to the $600 million per year forestry industry will now receive better guidance from University of Georgia Extension agents thanks to a recently held UGA forestry and fisheries management training course.
Mercy Butao, from Malawi, Africa, checks out peanuts during a stop on the Georgia Peanut Tour two years ago. CAES News
Georgia Peanut Tour
The annual Georgia Peanut Tour, held Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 in southeast Georgia, is a major attraction for the nation’s peanut industry, and attracts a number of international visitors.
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Cotton Market
Improved crop conditions across the nation have played a major role in driving cotton prices down dramatically over the past four months, says a University of Georgia economist.
Pictured are dug up peanut plants on a dry land peanut field in east Tift County on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. CAES News
Dry Land Peanuts
Georgia’s non-irrigated peanuts may have a very low yield potential due to a prolonged summer drought, said University of Georgia Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.
This is a file photo of a center pivot irrigation system being used. CAES News
Georgia Drought
A summer drought combined with scorching temperatures have Georgia farmers feeling the heat, says University of Georgia’s agricultural climatologist Pam Knox.