Tips & Tricks

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    Chemical-free No-till: A Realistic Goal?


    Many people envision their farm becoming a chemical-free or reduced chemical no-till system, but can’t quite figure out what that looks like, including weed suppression, controlling the previous crop, and getting all the inputs in the field.  Spoiler alert – there is no easy answer about how to put continuous no-till without chemicals into…

  • Cool Season Perennial Grass

    Cool Season Perennial Grass Selection for the Southeast

    Paige Smart, Southeast AgriSeeds

    Adaptation to climate and soil type are not the only considerations when it comes to selecting a cool-season perennial. Farm constraints, management style, and long term goals should all be part of the decision. Take a minute to evaluate where your forage system is now and where you want it to be. From there, you can work towards selecting the…

  • Man on tractor

    Reclaiming land: Successional Planting for Perennial Pasture Success


    Reclaiming land to put into production is a multistep process. You have a valuable resource at your fingertips, but you have to be able to harness its potential and manage it to your advantage. If the land was forest or meadow for many years, it’s likely to be rich in organic matter and both above and below-ground biodiversity. The most likely…

  • Sugarcane Aphids

    Reports of Sugarcane Aphid in South Georgia

    Paige Smart, Southeast AgriSeeds

    Small pockets of the sugarcane aphid have been reported in South Georgia. They are expected to move north as the season progresses. Be prepared to reduce losses. In 2013, this aphid made the jump from feasting on sugarcane alone to forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum sudan. They feed on the leaves, sucking the sugars from the plant, and leave…