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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


Agribiz: Trans Pacific Partnership expansion opens trade opportunities for poultry

Expanded trade opportunities have opened up for many U.S. industries, including the poultry industry in Georgia.

April 25, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Spring is in air; so is pollen

If the warm temperatures and abundance of azalea blooms were not enough to clue you in that spring is here, the itchy eyes and sinus pressure definitely have done so.

April 19, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Improving community through partnership, education

What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and radon have in common? The answer is Hall County Cooperative Extension.

April 12, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Retail food prices show slight increase

Shoppers paid slightly more for food at the grocery store at the beginning of 2013.

April 11, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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Articles By Author - Michael Wheeler


Planting a tree with care increases chance of survival

For gardeners, there is nothing better than putting new plants into a landscape. The end product is eye-appealing and rewards you with the beauty of nature.

September 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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