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Irrigation on a corn field the University of Georgia Tifton Campus (file photo). CAES News
Irrigation on a corn field the University of Georgia Tifton Campus (file photo).
Produce Safety
An online tool developed by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is helping produce growers assess their water quality and prepare for increased testing requirements.
Calvin Perry, superintendent of Stripling Irrigation Research Park, examines an irrigation box in this 2014 photo. CAES News
Calvin Perry, superintendent of Stripling Irrigation Research Park, examines an irrigation box in this 2014 photo.
Saving Water
For the past three decades, Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been battling over control of water resources in what has become known as the “tri-state water wars.” Judge Paul Kelly of New Mexico, a Supreme Court-appointed expert known as a “special master,” recently ruled in favor of Georgia in the ongoing Florida vs. Georgia court case.
Pam Knox, newly named interim director of the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, checks the data logger at the weather station on the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia. CAES News
Pam Knox, newly named interim director of the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, checks the data logger at the weather station on the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.
Record Rainfall
Bright green grass across the fields, lawns and roadsides of northern and central Georgia is making those parts of the state look more like Ireland than a typical Georgia in February. Copious rain, coupled with periods of much warmer-than-normal temperatures, is waking up plants early and causing them to green up.
UGA climatologists have developed a new formula for calculating wet bulb temperature, which will help farmers protect their fruit crops from late freezes. CAES News
UGA climatologists have developed a new formula for calculating wet bulb temperature, which will help farmers protect their fruit crops from late freezes.
Sketchy Weather
Georgia weather is predictably unpredictable, bitter cold one week and balmy the next. For that reason, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts urge Georgia growers to pay close attention to the weather over the coming months and be prepared to use irrigation for frost protection and potential dry conditions as we move into spring.
Irrigation is at work in a peach orchard in this 2016 photo on the UGA Griffin campus. CAES News
Irrigation is at work in a peach orchard in this 2016 photo on the UGA Griffin campus.
Peach Production
A drought that has spanned multiple months has University of Georgia peach specialist Dario Chavez concerned that peach trees in Georgia may suffer from lack of water.
UGA Extension agents from urban areas of Georgia attended an irrigation management workshop to update their knowledge on the latest technologies in the industry. The agents are shown assembling their irrigation kits that include fittings and parts for drip and spray irrigation systems, primers, glues, electrical boxes and controllers. They will use these kits to teach irrigation maintenance workshops in their counties. CAES News
UGA Extension agents from urban areas of Georgia attended an irrigation management workshop to update their knowledge on the latest technologies in the industry. The agents are shown assembling their irrigation kits that include fittings and parts for drip and spray irrigation systems, primers, glues, electrical boxes and controllers. They will use these kits to teach irrigation maintenance workshops in their counties.
Urban Irrigation
Helping farmers use water wisely is part of Extension’s mission. Now, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension program is helping county agents in urban areas teach their clients how to manage water wisely in the landscape, especially through irrigation systems.
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Septic Health
Septic tank maintenance is often ignored but imperative to keeping many households healthy.
UGA graduate student Jamie Morgan tests the water in an algae-filled pond on Bill Atkinson's farm in Dacula. CAES News
UGA graduate student Jamie Morgan tests the water in an algae-filled pond on Bill Atkinson's farm in Dacula.
Toxic Algae
The sudden and unexpected death of a Marietta, Georgia, couple’s beloved dog after swimming with its owners in Lake Allatoona has filled social media feeds since the incident on Aug. 10. The incident brings to light the dangers of toxic algae growth. In neighboring North Carolina, another couple lost three dogs in one day after an afternoon swim in a pond.
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins. CAES News
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins.
Corn Irrigation
During a summer when Georgia corn farmers have relied heavily on their irrigation systems working effectively, many struggled with equipment malfunctions that may have reduced crop yields. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter believes that those problems can be avoided in the future if producers make necessary modifications after the growing season.
July is Smart Irrigation Month. It's a good time to check home irrigation systems and develop more efficient irrigation habits. CAES News
July is Smart Irrigation Month. It's a good time to check home irrigation systems and develop more efficient irrigation habits.
Smart Irrigation
Landscape irrigation can be tricky, especially in the summer. During the month of July — Smart Irrigation Month — University of Georgia experts have advice on how to use irrigation as efficiently as possible.