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Wheeler: Take steps now to head off blossom end rot

I see it year after year in the Extension Office: Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease. Many times, the problem in question is part of fungal diseases that can occur. Other times the problem is what is called blossom end rot.

February 01, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Agricultural census takes America’s farm pulse

Once every five years, farmers get a chance to be counted through the national Census of Agriculture. As more and more people leave the farm and choose to do something different, the census proves to be an important tool to account for this ever-shrinking population.

January 30, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Combat soil compaction with aeration

Over time, the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density.

January 25, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Grass and trees just don’t mix

Here in Hall County people are generally very passionate about their lawns. Many want a nice turfed area, even under trees. But sometimes that reality is harder to come by even when everything has been planned out perfectly.

January 18, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: UGA workshop to help local farmers

Many times in the office, I receive phone calls or walk-ins from people who want to do something productive with their property. Generally, these people have 10 to 20 acres of land and want to put some of it into production, say small fruits.

January 17, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: If you’re going to plant, do it now

Throughout the year, I will have people call wanting planting advice. Typically they want to know what type of plant should be planted for their landscape. But I also get a lot of questions whether the time of year is right to plant.

January 11, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Springtails are only a nuisance

From time to time we hear from a lot of people who have problems with a tiny, brown hopping insect around or in their homes. These tiny creatures are springtails.

January 04, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Growing forest industry a sign good for global economy

I found an article discussing the global forest industry's recovery from the five-year economic recession that has plagued everyone. It was interesting to read and I thought to share it because this is something that I have discussed over Christmas with my brother-in-law. He works as a chemical engineer for a paper company and he was commenting that the industry, or at least his company, was doing well.

January 03, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Planting in the dead of winter is really OK

There is no reason to wait until spring to plant that special landscape tree. In Georgia, the dead of winter is not all that dead. During the winter, roots continue to grow as they really do not have a dormant period in Georgia.

December 28, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Researchers work on growing Fraser firs in Georgia

Fraser firs top the list of favorite Christmas tree varieties, but almost all the Fraser firs sold in Georgia come from North Carolina.

December 21, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Seminar to help farmers’ exporting decisions

For farmers, the decision to start exporting produce can be daunting or even confusing.

December 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Keeping poinsettias beautiful

Nothing says Christmas like poinsettias.

December 14, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Now that your Christmas tree is up, help keep it fresh

It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season.

December 08, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Producers urged to apply for state tax exemption

The state Department of Agriculture has begun taking applications for the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption.

December 05, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Pruning keeps your woody plants healthy

Pruning woody plants is one of the most important things that you can do for maintaining your landscape trees and shrubs. Pruning involves a combination of art and science - art in making the pruning cuts properly, and science in knowing how and when to prune for the overall health of the plant.

November 30, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

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What to do for your plants after a hard freeze

Well, we have gotten through this freeze and it's time to figure out what got damaged and what did not.

March 24, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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