Georgia: Rain Makes All The Difference – Grady County
What a difference a week makes! Over the last weekend and past few days everywhere has gotten some rain. Some places received almost 3 inches and others have missed most of the rain and only received 3-4 tenths and could use more, but even that has helped.
Cotton: Cotton is moving along nicely. There is a little young cotton around that is only at 7-8th node but the vast majority is in the 2-3 week of bloom with a pretty good boll load. Plant bugs have not been much of a problem in a couple weeks and with the rain aphids and spider mites appear to be on the decline. A lot of Pix is going out this week as the cotton is starting back to growing but overall we seem to be in good shape for a few more days.
Corn: Corn is fast approaching black layer and most is done with needing irrigation. One farmer said he was going to try some dry corners next week, but I think it will be another couple weeks before any acreage is cut.
Peanuts: With the rain over the weekend peanuts have started growing again, and it has slowed down the Lesser Cornstalk Borers. Everyone seems to be staying on their fungicide program pretty good because I’m not seeing a whole lot of widespread disease issues right now, just a very isolated pocket of leaf spot scattered around.
Vegetables: Growers are wrapping up harvest of the summer crops and now have the moisture they have been waiting on to lay plastic for the fall crops.
Hay/Pasture: Starting to get a few calls about Bermudagrass Stem Maggots. It is not widespread yet but one guy did treat 120 acres for it this week and a couple more said they thought they would have to treat some next week, so it is starting to show up and will just be a matter of time before it is everywhere.
Farmers considering a switch or transition to organic crops have a lot to read right now if they want to keep pace with changes happening in the industry. Several changes