This 2015 photo shows sunburnt watermelons in a Tift County field. Watermelons can get sunburn if the vines aren't receiving enough water, which leads to wilting that makes fruit vulnerable to sun exposure. CAES News
This 2015 photo shows sunburnt watermelons in a Tift County field. Watermelons can get sunburn if the vines aren't receiving enough water, which leads to wilting that makes fruit vulnerable to sun exposure.
Sunscalding
Even with the welcomed rain Georgia farmers experienced this week, sunscalding on certain fruits and vegetables remains a concern as producers continue with this year’s harvest, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Andre da Silva.
Black shank disease turns tobacco leaves yellow and causes the plant to wilt and eventually die. CAES News
Black shank disease turns tobacco leaves yellow and causes the plant to wilt and eventually die.
Black Shank Disease
While most Georgia crops are suffering from the recent lack of rainfall across the state, tobacco farmers have some reason to celebrate. Three consecutive weeks of dry weather in May have curbed incidences of black shank disease, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension tobacco agronomist J. Michael Moore.
Pictured is what downy mildew disease looks like on a watermelon leaf. Downy mildew disease has been found in three southern Georgia counties so far this spring. CAES News
Pictured is what downy mildew disease looks like on a watermelon leaf. Downy mildew disease has been found in three southern Georgia counties so far this spring.
Downy Mildew
Georgia vegetable farmers should be on alert as downy mildew disease has been spotted in at least three southern Georgia counties this spring. Additional counties could follow as weather conditions remain favorable for the disease into early June, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta.
Bell peppers with blossom end rot symptoms caused by excess of sun light. CAES News
Bell peppers with blossom end rot symptoms caused by excess of sun light.
Unseasonably Hot
Georgia’s vegetable growers need to irrigate more frequently as unseasonably high temperatures are forecast to remain high with little to no rainfall expected. Andre da Silva, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist, said it is urgent that vegetable producers heed this advice.
Samuele Lamon and Aaron Bruce were the two most recent graduates of the dual master’s degree program between UGA and the University of Padova. They are pictured with Gurpreet Virk at the UGA-Tifton spring graduation ceremony on May 4, 2019. CAES News
Samuele Lamon and Aaron Bruce were the two most recent graduates of the dual master’s degree program between UGA and the University of Padova. They are pictured with Gurpreet Virk at the UGA-Tifton spring graduation ceremony on May 4, 2019.
Dual Degrees
American and international students continue to be attracted to the dual master’s degree program in sustainable agriculture offered through a partnership between the University of Georgia Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CRSS) and the University of Padova (UNIPD) Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE) in Italy.
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins. CAES News
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins.
Warming weather
Georgia temperatures are rising, and the weather is only going to get hotter with little rain in the forecast. That’s not good news for Georgia’s cotton producers who are in the middle of planting this year’s crop, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.
Scout schools will be offered at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, as well as the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia. CAES News
Scout schools will be offered at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia, as well as the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia.
Scout Schools
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has scheduled two insect scouting schools for Georgia’s cotton, peanut and soybean farmers, both set for June.
Spring graduates gather around the centennial whistle following a special ceremony honoring the UGA-Tifton graduates on Saturday, May 4, on the UGA Tifton campus. CAES News
Spring graduates gather around the centennial whistle following a special ceremony honoring the UGA-Tifton graduates on Saturday, May 4, on the UGA Tifton campus.
Centennial Whistle
A piece of history is on display at the newly dedicated Centennial Garden on the University of Georgia Tifton campus.
Broccoli grown on the UGA Tifton Campus is pictured growing on wheat straw mulch, plastic mulch and on bare soil. CAES News
Broccoli grown on the UGA Tifton Campus is pictured growing on wheat straw mulch, plastic mulch and on bare soil.
Organic Weed Control
If they start now, Georgia organic farmers can use mulch and cultivation to manage young weeds, according to Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, vegetable scientist on the University of Georgia Tifton campus. If weeds are not controlled successfully and are allowed to grow throughout May and June, they can compete with crops for nutrients, water and sunlight.