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Wheeler: Invest in winter cover crops for next summer

True gardeners are planners. They always look ahead to next season on what to plant, where to plant and what to do differently.

September 13, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Area agricultural producers showcase interwoven industry

Agriculture in Georgia is a complicated and interwoven industry. When one segment is affected by a downturn, another segment typically is quick to follow. But the same is true when positive changes occur.

September 12, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Use native plants in landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless. It seems these days you can get almost anything you would want to plant in your landscape.

August 30, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Aquaculture raises fish to feed hungry market

Pat Duncan's eyes light up when she talks about the graceful simplicity of an aquaponics system.

July 17, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Solutions for dealing with the squash vine borer

A summer vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing in the mix of tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

July 05, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Agriculture exports, imports forecast at record level

Agriculture is the largest industry in the country and the pulse of the economy can generally be gauged by how well the industry is functioning.

July 03, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Looking out for leaf spots in the landscapes

Georgia's weather is funny, and it does not take long for it to change on a dime. Spring was cool and wet, and now we are hot and humid.

June 21, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Kudzu bug could be bigger pest than first imagined

Soybeans in Hall County have gained back some popularity by farmers as prices have stayed firm at decent levels. I guess over the past four or five years, soybean acreage has increased by three- or fourfold.

June 19, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Controlling snakes around the house

Not too many animals in the world get quite the same emotional response as snakes when they are found in the woods or around the house. People have been repulsed by and attracted to snakes ever since the dawn of time.

June 07, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Broiler production on the increase

U.S. broiler meat production is forecast to total 38.9 billion pounds in 2014, up 2.9 percent from 2013, according to the "Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook" report from USDA's Economic Research Service.

June 05, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Dollar spot, brown patch prove problematic diseases

This spring has been wet and cool. It always amazes me how different one spring from the next can vary so much.

May 24, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Georgia blueberry crops continue to impress

Growing up in Georgia, everyone loves muscadines and blackberries, but here lately blueberries have taken the front seat and have really become the bright shining star of Georgia's small fruit.

May 22, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Diseases of the dogwood tree

Just the other day I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape overall. However, things can change and it is worth keeping an eye on the tree to see if it becomes infected.

May 10, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Agribiz: Weather affects Vidalia onion supply

Georgia's wildly fluctuating temperatures in this year's first four months played havoc on the state's signature onion crop.

May 08, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Rain gardens recycle storm water

Storm water is something we don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis.

April 26, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Michael Wheeler


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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