Citrus Greening and Canker Concerns for Georgia Growers

Jim Rogers Disease, Georgia

The recent Citrus Growers’ Summer Update in Valdosta, Georgia, provided growers another outlet to learn about two diseases — citrus greening and citrus canker — that could have serious ramifications on the industry’s future in Georgia. Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist, highlighted the seriousness of the discovery of both of the diseases in …

The Status of Satsuma Mandarins in Georgia

Jim Rogers Citrus, Georgia

Satsuma mandarins remain the predominant citrus variety produced in Georgia, but growers diversified more with their plantings this year. Jake Price, University of Georgia Extension coordinator, described the impact that growers could see with various citrus varieties now in place. He presented this information during the recent Citrus Growers’ Summer Update in Valdosta, Georgia. Price says the citrus industry in …

Freedom to Farm Bill Passes in Georgia

Jim Rogers Farm Bill, Georgia

By Clint Thompson The Freedom to Farm bill in Georgia was a legislative win for the state’s specialty crop producers. Just ask Will Bentley, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. “Freedom to Farm was the biggest bill, probably, we’ve had pass in a long time,” said Bentley, whose organization was an avid supporter of the bill. ONE LESS WORRYThere is …

Georgia Pecan Farmer: Pretty Good Looking Crop

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Harvests for this year’s pecan crop is just a couple of months away. This year’s crop has exciting potential. But success will once again depend on the market prices that growers are able to receive, says farmer Randy Hudson. “We’ve got a pretty good looking crop. We’ve got some holes, though. Some older trees that had a …

Citrus Crop Looks ‘Very Promising’

Jim Rogers Citrus, Florida, Georgia

The sweltering heat being felt across the Southeast has done little to dampen the optimism shared by one citrus grower who believes this year’s crop is “very promising.” Kim Jones, who owns a citrus packing facility in Monticello, Florida, and is part-owner of a similar facility in Tifton, Georgia, discusses the state of this year’s crop in North Florida and South Georgia. …

Relief in the Forecast? Georgia Specialty Crop Producers Thirsty for Rainfall

Jim Rogers Georgia, Specialty Crops, Weather

By Clint Thompson It has been a hot and dry summer so far for Georgia’s specialty crop producers. Multiple areas are either abnormally dry, moderately dry or severely dry, according to the most recent release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension agricultural climatologist, provided good news for specialty crop producers, though. “I’m pleased to say …