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Calvin Perry, superintendent of the UGA CM Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Ga., adjusts the controls of a variable-rate irrigation system. VRI uses computer maps, global positioning systems, soil sensors and software to control where and how much water the nozzles on a center pivot spray on crops. Perry and his colleagues recently added a 'push-button' feature to the system to make it easier for farmers to program. CAES News
Precision Agriculture
Auto-steer technology, variable rate irrigation, smart-phone apps — these are all precision farming techniques that University of Georgia professor George Vellidis believes farmers should be using in their day-to-day operations.
University of Georgia Extension livestock economist Curt Lacy presents university ag economists' 2014 predictions for Georgia products during the forecast event held in Macon on Jan. 24. CAES News
Georgia Ag Forecast
Georgia’s livestock producers may see higher profits in 2014 due to lower feed prices and higher consumer demand. However, those lower feed prices, and flat demand for corn for ethanol, may hold down profit margins for Georgia row crop farmers.
Farmer Walter Driggers of Collins, Ga., displays a bunch of collard greens grown on his farm. CAES News
SSARE Grants Available
Georgia farmers and ranchers are invited to apply for the 2013 Producer Grants now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program.
Vidalia onions growing in Lyons, Ga. CAES News
Perfect Vidalias
Most Vidalia onion lovers choose the Georgia-grown onion because it tastes sweet. University of Georgia scientists are searching for a way to help Vidalia onion farmers guarantee their crop meets consumers’ expectations – sweet, but not too pungent.
Mark Abney will start his new position as UGA peanut entomologist on Monday, June 10. CAES News
New peanut entomologist
Raymond Noblet is nuts about the newest addition to the University of Georgia Entomology family.
Palmer amaranth can reach heights of up to 7-10 feet. UGA Extension weed specialist Eric Prostko encourages farmers to continue to control Palmer amaranth even after their corn is harvested. CAES News
Pigweed leaving mark
The most destructive adversary to impact cotton production since the boll weevil is costing cotton farmers potential yields and profit
Corn tassels stretch toward the sun in a Spalding County, Ga., garden. CAES News
Organic grain production
There are about 1 million acres of certified organic grain and oil seed fields in the United States, but not many in Georgia. The growing demand for organic grains and seed oils in the southeast could change that. With several new potential mills that can handle organic grain coming on line in Georgia, there are new opportunities to enter this growing market.
Glen Rains, co-director of AgrAbility, points to a fence-line feeder he and his team helped developed for a disabled farmer. CAES News
AgrAbility program
Richard Stanley’s work revolves around his livestock.
Kudzu bug CAES News
Kudzu bug control
Kudzu bugs have awakened from their winter slumber and can be found alighting on just about anything white or light-colored, from small cars to large trucks and homes to commercial buildings. University of Georgia experts say controlling this new pest isn’t as easy as spraying a pesticide.
Onlookers watch as an Air Robot 100B, an unmanned device, is demonstrated Thursday afternoon at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. The demonstration was part of a two-day AUVSI Atlanta Chapter Unmanned Systems in Agriculture Conference. The Air Robot 100B, which is equipped with a video camera, is controlled by David Price (with controller), a senior research technologist at Georgia Tech. It is is designed to aid the military, police or fire department, by reaching a certain height and looking down on something. CAES News
Agricultural technology
Remote-controlled helicopters, unmanned aircraft equipped with imaging sensors; welcome to the future of agriculture.