SCOTT CARTER WARE COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT
Scott Carter has been the Ware County Extension Agent for two and a half years. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Agriculture.
Many people may have the idea that an extension agent may only check soil samples in residential properties or advises farmers on crop issues. The agents wear many hats. They assist in research and education projects with UGA and advise farmers, citizens, and students. Scott and UGA work closely with the blueberry farmers on monitoring and eradicating insects with insecticide trials, and developing new and more efficient fertilizers for pecans.
Monitoring the soil moisture helps farmers to save water and time the irrigation needs of crops such as blueberries and cotton, among others. The Extension Service also presents clinics to demonstrate new and better methods in agriculture such as how to prune and graft pecan trees.
Mr. Carter said that Georgia is the number one producer of pecans, peanuts, and broilers in the United States. When asked what the best variety of pecans is, he said Excel and Lakota were easy to care for and do not have to be sprayed. When thinking about growing pecans, factor in Volume, Yield & Price (V.Y.P.). Scab Disease continues to be the number one problem when trying to maintain a healthy orchard or even a single tree in your yard.
He advised planting cover crops such as crimson clover to suppress weeds and add moisture. He recommended using preemergent fertilizer, also to inhibit weed growth.
For more information, you may contact Scott at email@example.com or 912-287-2456
FINLY J’S BOUTIQUE & SALON
Linda Hayes introduced Jay Jacobs, entrepreneur, and owner of Finly J’s in Blackshear. She told of how the loss of her daughter, Finly, motivated her to try to honor her precious child’s memory by starting a business. She had never felt that she was brave enough to do something so bold. She thought she could honor Finly by keeping her memory alive with a business named after her. To Jay’s surprise and delight, the shop has become most successful. The Boutique and Hair Salon is in Blackshear next to Jerry J’s Country Café.