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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


Clean and maintain gardening tools, gear

If you don't plan to plant a fall garden, inspect, repair and clean your gardening tools before storing them for the winter.

September 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Ethanol exports set record in US

While oil and environmental interests seek to block the growth of the ethanol market in the United States, other nations around the world are increasing their use of American-made ethanol.

September 14, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Hall Extension: Calibrating your lawn spreader is crucial

This is the time of year many of us are probably thinking about fertilizing our lawn. The only way to see what your lawn requires is to pull a soil sample and let the Extension office send it off for analysis. Otherwise you are just guessing.

September 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Georgia’s largest biomass power plant is in the works

A 56-megawatt biomass power plant slated for operation in October 2012 will be Georgia's largest, located on an industrial site in southeast Laurens County near Dublin.

August 31, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Caring for muscadines

The children are back in school, and the weather has been a little bit cooler for a change. It is still summertime for sure, but there is a hint of what is to come with the fall.

August 26, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Kudzu bug stinks, for many reasons

In Hall County, the kudzu bug has definitely made a name for itself. In just a year, we have all become accustomed to seeing in around, and it feels like it has been here all along.

August 19, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: UGA researches climate change on animal agriculture

University of Georgia researchers recently joined a national team of scientists working on a five-year, $4.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant designed around climate change's effects on animal agriculture.

August 18, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Hall Extension: Dealing with nuisance wildlife requires a logical approach

This is a topic that is full of opinion. What is a cute and cuddly critter to one person is a pest to another. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it ate your prize winning roses or created $1,000 worth of damage to the garage or attic.

August 12, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: What is happening to the poplar trees?

Just over the past week or two, I have noticed the tulip poplars around the county losing their leaves.

August 05, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: UGA awarded grant to study how to kill bacteria

University of Georgia scientists were awarded a five-year $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study ways to kill foodborne pathogens on beef before it arrives on supermarket shelves and in restaurant kitchens.

August 04, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Hall Extension: Tips to keep the ticks off you

If there is one thing that causes people to become squeamish, ticks will usually do it. No one likes the idea of something crawling on them.

July 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


UGA study investigates impact of farm labor shortages

Changes in certain policies affecting farm labor and improved business strategies are needed to help farmers weather farm labor shortages, says a University of Georgia agricultural economist.

July 21, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Hall Extension: Japanese beetle is a stomach with wings

We are in that time of year again where Japanese beetles come into our gardens and landscapes with an appetite that would put most teenagers to shame.

July 15, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Science fiction or slime mold?

The Extension office is an interesting place to work. One of the great things about it, is the people we get to meet and help.

July 07, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Georgia tobacco gets a surprise bump

For many years, Georgia's tobacco industry has been declining. And this year looked to be its lowest point, but demand for U.S. tobacco in Asia has given Georgia tobacco farmers what could be a much-needed lift.

July 06, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Melon crop for 2014 looks good

Tradition in the South is important, and of all the summertime traditions like beach vacations, family reunions and going to the farmers' market, finding the perfect watermelon is a real treat for most of us.

July 17, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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