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Ready for spring? Sample soil now for success later

The past couple of weeks I think my office has shipped close to 100 soil samples to the test lab in Athens. This is always a sign that spring is on the horizon as people begin to prepare and plan what they want to grow this year.

March 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: UGA student testifies before Congress about impact of Extension

Growing up in the Gainesville City School System, I did not participate in Georgia 4-H, but over the years of being a county agent I have seen the impact 4-H has on students.

March 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Picking the proper place for a vegetable garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

February 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Tax code proposal would change U.S. agriculture

A week ago, I was attending the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Council monthly meeting. We were all updated on the great things that are happening in Hall County. Expansions, new jobs and optimism are setting Hall County on a course of economic growth that tops most areas in the nation.

February 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Keep your Valentine's Day floral arrangement fresh

It's Valentine's Day and what a great way to end the week.

February 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stopping blossom end rot before it starts

I see it year after year in the extension office. Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers being laid to waste by disease.

January 31, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Congress finally agrees on farm legislation cuts and aid

Developing the latest farm bill has become a marathon of sorts with farmers wondering if it would ever come to fruition.

January 29, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Plant now for roots to grow deep

Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.

January 17, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Cold weather influencing cattle market

The deep freeze we all experienced resulted in more than just frozen pipes.

January 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Soil compaction a root cause of distress

If you call the office to talk over a problem that is in your landscape, one of the first things I am going to bring up is soil testing. For the $8 it costs for the test, you get a wealth of information that tells you pretty much all you need to know about the "chemical" side of the problem.

January 03, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Maintaining your Christmas tree this holiday season

It is during this time of year when everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season influencing their children and grandchildren. With all of this happening, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out on the condition of your Christmas tree.

December 20, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


No real mystery to buying firewood; just simple math

During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.

December 06, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cotton price recovery looking for new support level

This is especially true for producers in South Georgia. We still have some cotton grown in North Georgia in counties such as Oconee, Bartow, Gordon and Floyd.

December 04, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Properly winterizing, storing gardening tools

It seems the leaves are never going to fall this year, so many of us are still using our lawn mowers and leaf blowers. However, soon enough all of this will come to an end as winter sets in. Then, we can put our mowers and leaf blowers away until the spring.

November 22, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Three-day training on cattle reproduction set for January

Artificially inseminating cattle has been done by the dairy industry for a while now, but it is relatively new in the beef industry.

November 20, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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