Invasive weeds and exotic pest plants threaten the health of Georgia's natural areas and forests. In particular, four invasive plant species, generally unknown to the public, are posing significant threats to the Georgia landscape and have a high potential to become widespread if left unchecked.
Officials with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences said Tuesday that some segments of agriculture in the state will face challenges in the year ahead while higher market prices for some commodities will be offset by higher production costs.
"This is probably the most uncertain time in agriculture I've ever seen," said Scott Angle, dean of the UGA ag school. "The changes that are going on right now are unprecedented."
Question: I recently received a gift of beautiful purple, planted mums. But I don't know how to care for them. How much sunlight do they need? How big do they get? Can I transplant? Outdoor or indoor? Watering? I live in northern Georgia.
There was a feast in Georgia's Oconee National Forest last year. Southern pine beetles were munching away on weak, old trees. And the drought may have issued the invitation to dinner, a University of Georgia expert says.