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USDA livestock disaster assistance deadline close

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30 deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.

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Georgia cotton physiologist wins national award at Beltwide

John Snider, University of Georgia assistant professor, was named the Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.

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El Niño appears in place for winter months

“When you have an El Niño in place, corn yields generally are down from 10 to 35 percent over the entire Southeast."

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Southeast Soybeans: Maximizing Yields and Growing Potential

“Southeast Soybeans: Maximizing Yields and Growing Potential,” a series of articles by Southeast Farm Press staff writers, will investigate the practices (or even mindset) needed to produce maximum economic yields in the Southeast.

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Corn growers say now is worst time to alter Renewable Fuel Standard

In reference to an attempt in the Senate to attach an anti-ethanol amendment to the Keystone XL legislation, NCGA pointed out the many benefits of ethanol and the reason why it’s an important part of our fuel supply.

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2014 Peanut Profitability Award winners discuss past year’s crop

“Our peanut crop in 2014 turned out really well, with good grades and good quality. One of our biggest concerns is the first frost, and we never know when we’ll see it. But yields should be about 4,500 pounds or better.”

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Georgia Fruit, Vegetable Growers Association rebrands food safety program

What was formerly known as the Georgia Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Program, or GA GAPP, has been rebranded as Produce Food Safety Services to more clearly state the program’s mission and primary purpose.

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Calculating soil fumigant buffer zones the right way

The Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 began to phase in new regulations for soil fumigant applications. Fumigant labels were introduced requiring stricter safety measures, including buffer zones around fields.

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Tailgate Talk: Decisions now and products to know for better disease control

Planning an effective crop rotation and ensuring access to effective products are timely actions important for the next field season.

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Cotton growers saw thrips resistance in 2014

“The seed treatments are the only thrips control option at planting that we’re aware of."

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A season that just wouldn’t end for Carolina fruits and vegetables

Managers at state farmers markets in North and South Carolina and an Eastern North Carolina county agent told Southeast Farm Press in early December that the fruit and vegetable marketing season got off to a slightly delayed start in the spring.

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High-Oleic Peanuts: Manufacturers see added value, competitive edge

“There are four varieties available today, and they absolutely are competitive in terms of yield and grade with Georgia-06G.

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American Farm Bureau ratifies 2015 public policy positions

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention Jan. 13 approved resolutions that will provide the organization grassroots authority to ask Congress to finish many measures that remain unsettled at the start of 2015.

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East Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference Jan. 22 in Knoxville

The East Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will focus on improving production in East Tennessee. Topics for the program will include managing your crops from the ground up -- disease, insect and weed control.

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Peanut Leadership Academy begins Class IX

Twenty-two peanut growers and sheller representatives from across the Southeast and Texas began Class IX of the Peanut Leadership Academy hosted by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation Dec. 15-17, 2014, in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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New herbicide technologies still require proven cultural practices

The new Xtend Flex with dicamba-resistance trait from Monsanto is expected to be available in limited amounts of varieties this season. New Enlist with 2, 4-D control from Dow AgroSciences is over the horizon.

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New widespread federal program to focus conservation efforts at the local level

Currently, more than 60,000 landowners representing 4 million acres are enrolled in U.S. conservation programs. The newly created USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program looks to accelerate that amount in the coming years.

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(Gallery) Severe freeze bites Georgia cole crops

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Cotton prices just treading water

Little incentive to do cotton price fixing until market gets to 70 cents. If you believe prices are at or near the bottom, one strategy would be to buy Mar16 Call Options while you’re waiting for things to get better.

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Brown marmorated stink bug is one to watch on corn this year

“We’ve seen corn damaged by various species of stink bug in the southern part of the state, but last year we started to see more stink bug damage on corn in north Alabama."

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