March in Georgia is always a roller coaster of ups and downs with warm weather at the first of the week and then a cold rain for the weekend. We all get to the point in late winter that we just wish for warmer weather and the emergence of a few flower buds and leaves only feeds the fire.
U.S. farmers are ready to increase production of corn and soybeans for 2013, according to the latest Farm Futures survey.
Many times we get information on a product that is touted as the miracle product of the year, even the decade. It always sounds so good that we hope it is something that can save us time, money or make our lives a little easier.
Everyone is on Facebook these days. It's a great way to communicate to catch up with friends and stay connected with family that is far off. It is also a great way to advertise a product and reach new customers.
If the past few days of warm weather have given you a fever to plant shrubs, trees and flowers in the yard, you're not alone. The promise of spring is in the air, and it is hard to sit still as the days become longer and the temperatures rise. I love days like these and really enjoy getting out and experiencing a new start as plants wake from their winter dormancy.
Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.
Knowing that the food you eat is safe is many times taken for granted by most Americans. The only time we really think about food safety is when something happens to the food supply that makes people sick.
This time of year, the Extension office receives many calls about home lawn care and weed control. Maintaining a lawn takes a lot of work and effort but it can be very rewarding in the long run.
If you have ever come into the office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I talk about is bringing in a soil sample to the office.
The Georgia Ag Tax Exemption program, or GATE, has been well received by producers from across the state.
Now is one of the better times to plant new additions to our landscapes. Planting now gives trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits like a ton of bricks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.
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