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Susan C James
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
UGA Extension-Meriwether County
706-672-4235 Office
706-977-0882 Mobile

UGA Extension Meriwether County ANR E-Newsletter

August 4, 2017



Ashley Davis, our new 4-H Agent is here!!!!

Ashley started work on Tuesday, August 2. Please stop by the office, give her a call or send her an email to welcome her. I know you will be seeing her out in the community and in the schools very soon. Like me, she doesn’t plan to spend a lot of time in the office. You can reach Ashley by calling 706-672-4235 or emailing her at aedavis@uga.edu.



Manchester Farm, Garden and Hardware is the special host for our next meeting on Thursday, August 10 at 7:30. Robert Allen of State Farm and Steve Morgan, UGA ANR Agent for Harris County, will be our speakers. Hope to see you there!



Articles in the new edition of the July UGA Forage Team Newsletter are now available on theUGA Forage Extension Team Blog at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/forageteam/. This edition has information on selecting a round baler, the importance of hay conditioning and turning weeds into feed with multispecies grazing. You can also search the archives for other articles.

The August issue of the SE Cattle Advisor has a good article about the impact of fertilization (really the lack of) on diseases of forage grasses. In Georgia, potassium deficiency in bermudagrass is linked to rust disease caused by Puccinia cynodontis. There are varieties that have resistance to this disease but if there is a potassium deficiency those varieties are still likely to be infected. I mentioned in the last newsletter that I had seen it along with the bermudagrass stem maggot in fields in Meriwether. Some of those field were supposed to have the variety ‘Russell’ in them which is supposed to be resistant. So either the farmer didn’t have the variety he thought he did or it’s likely there is a potassium deficiency in those fields. There are no fungicides labeled for diseases of forage grasses so cutting infected grass for hay to get it out of the field is critical for breaking or slowing the fungal life cycle. Correct liming and fertilization is critical also. If you haven’t had the soil tested in 3 years and you are seeing problems I strongly recommend submitting soil samples. The cost for sending samples from our office to the UGA soil lab is $12. 00/sample for 1-3 samples and $8.00/per sample for 4 or more. One sample can be submitted for up to 15-20 acres as long as the soil is similar and has been treated the same in the past.

Definitely take a look at the chart in the SE Cattle Advisor article on how much potassium is removed from the field when hay is cut for bahaigrass and bermudagrass. For Georgia, Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Specialist, recommends that potassium should be applied at a rate that is ¾ the rate of nitrogen.  General recommendations for nitrogen by the UGA soil lab on common or coastal bermudagrass pasture is 150-250 lbs. and 200-400 lbs. for hay. That means you should be adding 110-190 lbs. potassium for pasture and 150-300 lbs. for hay. To read more please visit:





Tour of FVSU Meat and Dairy Technology Center

The tour with Terrell Hollis is set for August 29. We need to be at FVSU at 10:00. Please let me know if you plan to go, if anyone wants to carpool, etc. I know many of you will be leaving from other counties but we can possibly meet up somewhere. Give me a call at 706-977-0882 or email me at scj24262@uga.edu.

Sheep and Goat Scrapie

Dr. Stan Crane of the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be here on September 19 at 6:00 PM to talk about scrapie disease, the national eradication program, how to get ear tags, and other topics. We will meet at County Line Café in Luthersville.

USDA Announces Needs-Assessment Survey for the NAHMS Goat 2019 Study

The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is in the development stage of its upcoming Goat 2019 study. This study will provide important information about management practices used on U.S. goat operations and will take an in-depth look at the most pressing health issues facing the U.S. goat industry.

NAHMS conducts needs-assessment surveys to determine the critical information gaps related to the industry of focus. NAHMS uses this information and information from other sources to help set study objectives, and the needs assessment questionnaire seeks stakeholder opinions about what topics should be included in the objectives.

Stakeholder input is essential to the success of the NAHMS Goat 2019 study. NAHMS encourages all stakeholders to identify what they would most like to see come from this national study by participating in the needs assessment, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NAHMSGoat2019. The survey will be available from July 31 through September 8, 2017.



Local Work Group-EQIP

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia is soliciting feedback from the Local Work Groups (LWGs) for 2018 Program Delivery of Farm Bill Programs. This open forum is design for local citizens; stakeholders; and partners to come together and have a voice on how federal funding is spent on a local level for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other Farm Bill Programs. This meeting is to provide input on the Fiscal Year 2018 funding for the EQIP.

Specifically, NRCS-Georgia is seeking LWG feedback on three items of information:

1. Propose an Allocation of Funding by Resource Concern,

2. Establish Payment Maximums, and

3.  Recommendation on local questions

Rory Richardson sent out the notice this week for our local meeting. The Newnan Funding Unit (Coweta, Meriwether, and Troup Counties) Local Work Group Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Troup County Library in Lagrange, GA. The Library’s address is 115 Alford St, LaGrange, GA 30240 and the telephone number is (706) 882-7784.

I will not be there this year. The Georgia Strawberry Growers Association Annual Meeting is the same day and I am already committed to it. Brian Maddy, ANR Agent for Troup County, plans to attend and will give me an update.

Rory V. Richardson, District Conservationist

USDA-NRCS, Newnan Field Office

246 Bullsboro Drive, Suite C

Newnan, Georgia 30263

Office: 770-251-4282 ext.#3


Georgia Strawberry Growers Association Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Georgia Farm Bureau Building, 1620 Bass Rd, Macon Georgia


10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Welcome

10:30: Strawberry Insect Update – Hannah Burrack, NCSU Extension Entomology Specialist

11:05: Strawberry Weed Control – Katie Jennings, NCSU Assistant Professor Weed Science

11:35: Strawberry Varieties for the Southeast – Gina Fernandez, NCSU Extension Horticulture

12:45: Business Meeting

Please contact me if you plan to attend at 706-977-0882 or at scj24262@uga.edu.


Have a great weekend,


Susan C James

Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent

UGA Extension-Meriwether County

706-672-4235 Office

706-977-0882 Mobile