UGA Extension publications offer free, research-based information to Georgians on a variety of topics including agriculture, the environment, families, food, lawn and garden, and youth. The publications below are based on agricultural and applied economics related topics.

Crop and Pasture Land Rental Rates for Georgia Counties - Land rental rates can consist of a significan portion of operating budgets.  (Adam Rabinowitz, Johnson Collins, November 11, 2019)

Updating the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Yields in the 2018 Farm Bill - The 2018 Farm Bill permits landowners of farms an opportunity to update the PLC payment yield for each covered commodity. This factsheet discusses how to update the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Payment Yields in the 2018 Farm Bill. The PLC payment yield update is very important because the PLC payment yield is used for calculating the PLC payment. The higher the PLC payment yield on a farm, the higher the PLC payment that farm can potentially receive. (Yangxuan Liu, John Lai, Adam Rabinowitz, October 2019)

Importance of Shrink Minimization in Greenhouse Production - The purpose of this factsheet is to demonstrate the impact shrinkage has on profitability. (Campbell, Ben, July 2019)

Understanding the 2018 Farm Bill Effective Reference Price – The 2018 Farm Bill created a new Effective Reference Price (ERP) to act as an escalator to the statutory reference price (RP) when marketing year average (MYA) prices increase. This publication provides a more detailed discussion about the new ERP that can affect Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) payments for the five largest row crop commodities (cotton, peanut, corn, soybean, and wheat) produced in Georgia. (Yangxuan Liu, Adam Rabinowitz, John Lai, July 2019, Revised Oct 01, 2019)

Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update -  This factsheet discusses the Market Facilitation Program, the legislative process related to disaster assistance, seed cotton program updates in the 2018 Farm Bill, choices between ARC/PLC enrollment, and STAX for the seed cotton program. (Don Shurley and Yangxuan Liu, March 2019)

First Look at the Farm Bill Title I for Row Crops: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. - The 2018 Farm Bill continues programs for Title I commodities from the 2014 Farm Bill: the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, and the Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) program with Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP). This factsheet identifies some major changes in the new farm bill.  (Yangxuan Liu and Adam Rabinowitz, December 2018)

Implications of Hurricane Michael on the Seed Cotton ARC  - With the hurricane causing tremendous damages to our cotton industry, a lot of counties suffer from tremendous yield losses. This factsheet compares between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for this year after Hurricane Michael. We conducted the analysis based on some representative counties in GA. (Yangxuan Liu, October 2018)

What Farmers Need to Know about Crop Insurance and Prevented Planting - Southern Georgia has seen a lot of rain during the month of May. This publication discusses important details about crop insurance and prevented planting claims. There are some frequently asked questions, answers, and links to additional resources. (Rabinowitz, May 2018)

How Generic Base Could Be Treated in the Cottonseed Proposal - One proposal sought by cotton industry leadership to improve cotton’s “safety net” has been to make cottonseed a covered commodity and eligible for PLC as an “Other Oilseed” under the current 2014 farm bill. (Shurley, August 2017)

Recent Cotton Policy Developments - Under the 2014 farm bill, cotton is not a “covered commodity” and not eligible for the ARC and PLC programs. One of the things that the 2014 farm bill did do was to convert the cotton base on a farm to Generic Base. The current farm bill is now in its 4th year and will expire with the 2018 crop year unless extended. (Shurley, July 2017)

Estimated ARC and PLC Payments for 2016 Covered Commodities - The 2014 farm bill eliminated the DCP (Direct and Countercyclical Payment) Program of the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. In the 2014 farm bill, DCP was replaced by ARC (Agricultural Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage). Read more about the estimated ARC and PLC payments for covered commodities in 2016. (Don Shurley and Adam N. Rabinowitz, July 2017)

Economic Impact of the Georgia Green Industry - The Georgia Green Industry consists of wholesale nursery, greenhouse, turfgrass sod producers, landscape design, construction/maintenance firms and wholesale and retail distribution firms (e.g., garden centers, home stores, mass merchandisers with lawn/garden departments, brokers/rewholesale distribution centers, and allied trade suppliers). (Hodges et al., 2015)






Recent Extension Publications on Fruits and Vegetables
Low-Volume Irrigation Systems for Blueberry with Chemigation and Fertigation Suggestions
(B 1504)
Drip, trickle, microemitters, and subsurface irrigation systems are considered low-volume irrigation. Low-volume irrigation systems are designed to improve irrigation efficiency, delivering water to the crop accurately with minimal water loss. Irrigation efficiency can be categorized into two main concepts: water loss and uniform application. If water loss is significant, or application uniformity is poor, efficiency will be low. Generally, the most significant loss of irrigation water is from overwatering, where the water percolates below the root zone, or from runoff. With good management, losses due to leaks, system drainage, and flushing of filters and lateral lines should not exceed 1%. Low-volume systems have the opportunity to achieve efficiency, and under careful management, will minimize losses from overirrigation. However, using low-volume systems requires increased irrigation frequency and soil moisture monitoring should be used to improve water-use efficiency. This publication covers system design, system efficiencies, components, chemical applications, diseases related to irrigation, and soil moisture monitoring.
Best Management Practices in the Landscape
(C 873)
Research has shown that if you properly select, install and maintain ornamental plant, you greatly increase their survival and performance in the landscape. Following BMPs (Best Management Practices) not only conserve moisture in the landscape but will assure overall health and vigor of the ornamental plants.
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