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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


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


Hall Extension: Stressed tree — Should it stay or should it go?

Over the past few days, I have received a number of phone calls about trees, and whether or not they should be taken out or left. Much of the concern has been due to the weather we have had over the past couple of weeks.

July 01, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Tips on growing sweet corn in your garden

There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back: barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one telltale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.

June 24, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Help local farmers, economy by going to farmers markets

The farmers markets in Hall County are all up and going and are doing quite well even though the weather has been less than ideal. This hot, dry weather has created some challenges for most of the growers, but they are still able to grow vegetables successfully.

June 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Leyland cypress can succumb to disease

Leyland cypress has become one of the more popular trees for homeowners and landscapers to use over the past few years.

June 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Tips to help your garden weather the heat

Summer in Georgia is always an interesting time of year. It seems we go from one extreme to another. Just a few weeks ago, we were relatively cool and had what seemed to be plenty of moisture in the ground. But today, we are in desperate need of some rain, and if shade was a commodity that could be sold on the open market, it would be going for a hefty price.

June 10, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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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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