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Wheeler: New stink bug may soon be in Georgia

More than 200 species of stink bugs call North America home. As many as 60 species live in Georgia. One more was recently discovered in southern South Carolina.

October 28, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: China buying up US corn as demand rises

China has made one of its biggest-ever purchases of corn on overseas markets, buying 900,000 metric tons of American corn and showing that growing Chinese demand will play an ever larger role in global grain prices.

October 27, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Turf grass diseases can appear in the fall

Fall has officially come and after experiencing Mule Camp Market for the first time in many years, it seems like it really is fall in North Georgia.

October 20, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Time for strawberry planting

Strawberries are definitely a spring and early summer fruit, so why talk about them in October? Well, this is the best time of the year to plant them.

October 14, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Study finds grower dissatisfaction with H-2A

Nearly half of U.S. growers who use the H-2A agricultural guest worker program aren't happy with it, according to a survey from the Washington, D.C.- based National Council of Agricultural Employers.

October 12, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Healthy planting now will keep your tree thriving

Putting plants in the ground is something that I think we have all done in our lives. Most people get a sense of satisfaction by taking a bare flower bed or area and adding trees, flowers or shrubs.

October 07, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Composting: Greens, browns combine to form ‘black gold’

We are getting into the best of year with cooler weather and crisp days that give a bit of excitement because it feels like college football and fall festivals. Even though it is the end of the growing season, everything from plants to animals seems to enjoy a break from the oppressive heat.

September 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Online classes help ag students earn masters

This semester, nearly 50 students are logging on and learning through an innovative program at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They are earning their UGA master's degrees in agricultural leadership conveniently online.

September 29, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Agribiz: Online classes help ag students earn master’s

This semester, nearly 50 students are logging on and learning through an innovative program at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They are earning their UGA master's degrees in agricultural leadership conveniently online.

September 28, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Fall is time to plant pansies

As we get in to some cooler weather, I always get to thinking about fall flowers and how they add a little bit of color and life back to the garden after the long heat of summer.

September 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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


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Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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