Ray Covington Superintendent
Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Rd., Blairsville, GA, 30512

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Our Work and Priorities

The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center lies in the uppermost part of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1930, the 445-acre station provides assistance to farmers in the mountain region, giving them information applicable to the area with its own distinct soil and climatic conditions. It resides in USDA Zone 7A, having a shorter 180-day growing season with an average rainfall of 57 inches.

Current research focuses on commodities including apples, grapes, blueberries, field corn, sweet corn, soybeans, fescue, orchard grass, alfalfa, ryegrass, tomatoes and beef cattle. The climate is perfect for evaluating cold hardiness for new cultivars that include Alfalfa, Crape Myrtle, Vitex, Abelia, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia turf grasses. Additionally, UGA graduate students often conduct their own research at the center.

Georgia Mountain REC hosts over 4,000 children annually with the help of the Community Council. This group also promotes educational seminars and maintains a public garden on the campus. We also closely collaborate with nearby Extension faculty and the Union County Extension Office.

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We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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CAES Events

Hard To Kill—Why It Is Important To Understand The Mode Of Action Of Insecticides And Miticides Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Dept. of Entomology, Kansas State University Raymond will initially discuss what constitutes a modes of action, and then he will describe the modes of action associated with commonly used insecticides and miticides and why this information is critical in avoiding resistance developing in insect and mite pest populations. He will also present information from the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) and address how modes of action are used in rotation programs. Invasive ornamentals and non-invasive cultivars/species Dr. Gary Knox, University of Florida A number of widely grown woody ornamentals are recognized as being invasive in parts of the southeastern USA. Fortunately, breeding, selection and research has identified a number of cultivars that are sterile or much less invasive than the widely cultivated forms. Dr. Knox will discuss issues surrounding invasive woody plants and highlight sterile or less invasive cultivars that the Green Industry should grow and promote to consumers.
May 13
3:00PM - 5:00PM GTPOB Green Webinar Series Session 3 https://ugaurbanag.com/
The Spring 2021 CAES Convocation ceremony will be held virtually on the college YouTube channel. 
May 13
6:00PM - 6:00PM CAES Spring Convocation (virtual) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqrkvJgu3ecH55wBXtpenzw
Presentations: Adjusting Hay Equipment Lisa Baxter, UGA Extension New Herbicides for Forage Production Clay Williams, Corteva Sam Ingram, Corteva Jason Belcher, Bayer Producer Insights on Baleage Production BJ Marks, GA Hay and Baleage Producer Event is FREE, but pre-registration is required.
May 28
9:00AM - 12:00PM Virtual Hay and Baleage Shortcourse