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Agribiz: UGA workshop to help local farmers

Many times in the office, I receive phone calls or walk-ins from people who want to do something productive with their property. Generally, these people have 10 to 20 acres of land and want to put some of it into production, say small fruits.

January 17, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: If you’re going to plant, do it now

Throughout the year, I will have people call wanting planting advice. Typically they want to know what type of plant should be planted for their landscape. But I also get a lot of questions whether the time of year is right to plant.

January 11, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Springtails are only a nuisance

From time to time we hear from a lot of people who have problems with a tiny, brown hopping insect around or in their homes. These tiny creatures are springtails.

January 04, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Growing forest industry a sign good for global economy

I found an article discussing the global forest industry's recovery from the five-year economic recession that has plagued everyone. It was interesting to read and I thought to share it because this is something that I have discussed over Christmas with my brother-in-law. He works as a chemical engineer for a paper company and he was commenting that the industry, or at least his company, was doing well.

January 03, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Planting in the dead of winter is really OK

There is no reason to wait until spring to plant that special landscape tree. In Georgia, the dead of winter is not all that dead. During the winter, roots continue to grow as they really do not have a dormant period in Georgia.

December 28, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Researchers work on growing Fraser firs in Georgia

Fraser firs top the list of favorite Christmas tree varieties, but almost all the Fraser firs sold in Georgia come from North Carolina.

December 21, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Seminar to help farmers’ exporting decisions

For farmers, the decision to start exporting produce can be daunting or even confusing.

December 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Keeping poinsettias beautiful

Nothing says Christmas like poinsettias.

December 14, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Now that your Christmas tree is up, help keep it fresh

It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season.

December 08, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Producers urged to apply for state tax exemption

The state Department of Agriculture has begun taking applications for the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption.

December 05, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Pruning keeps your woody plants healthy

Pruning woody plants is one of the most important things that you can do for maintaining your landscape trees and shrubs. Pruning involves a combination of art and science - art in making the pruning cuts properly, and science in knowing how and when to prune for the overall health of the plant.

November 30, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Pick out, cut and care for a live Christmas tree

One of the best childhood memories I can remember was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 23, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Agribiz: EPA's ethanol decision frustrates growers

The livestock industry made up of a coalition of livestock associations expressed disappointment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to waive a federal law that requires corn to be used for ethanol production.

November 21, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Insects get cold, too, so keep them out of your home

Fall is the time when insects looking for a nice place to overwinter may enter homes and buildings from the surrounding landscape. Common invaders in Georgia include boxelder bugs, lady beetles, spiders, millipedes and now kudzu bugs.

November 16, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Time for planting spring-flowering bulbs is running out

The change in daylight and temperatures means the planting season for "spring flowering" bulbs will soon be drawing to a close. The best time to plant is when soil temperatures fall below 60 degrees F, usually October to early November.

November 09, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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