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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The Gardens are still closed due to logging in the area but will be opening back up soon. Thank you for your patience.


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 415-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, various ornamentals 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.

About us

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.
Pam Knox visits a UGA weather station on the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia. CAES News
Georgia was warmer and wetter than average in 2021
In 2021, Georgia experienced its coldest year since 2014, with an average temperature of 64.5 degrees Fahrenheit. But the temperature was still well above the long-term average of 63.4 F and ranked the 20th warmest year overall since statewide records began in 1895.
Businesses are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Great Georgia Pollinator Census, set for Aug. 19-20. In 2021, Master Gardeners held a counting event at Slow Pour Brewery in Gwinnett County. CAES News
Collaboration is key to the success of the Great Georgia Pollinator Census
Partnerships with schools, businesses and educational institutions have been crucial components in the growth of the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, which was established by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in 2019.

CAES Events

Interviews for the ALEC Doctoral Program will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in Four Towers/Zoom from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Jan 25
8:00AM - 2:00PM ALEC Doctoral Program Interviews Four Towers, ATHENS, GA
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and several Georgia Congressional Offices  are pleased to offer several 12-week summer fellowship opportunities for students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from May 16 - August 5, 2022. Students serve as liaisons while in Washington, D.C. Interested in learning more and applying this semester? Come visit with 2021 Congressional Ag Fellow Brooke Raniere and learn more about the application process and experiences of a Congressional Ag Fellow! Dinner will be provided! The meeting will take place in room 104 in Conner Hall at 5:30 p.m. on January 25th, 2022.
Jan 25
5:30PM - 6:30PM Congressional Agricultural Fellowship Informational Session Conner Hall, ATHENS, GA
Agenda UGA Cotton Production Workshop 7:30 AM                               Name badge pick-up, late registration, and breakfast - Sponsored by Deltapine 8:00 - 8:50 AM                  UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session One 8:50 - 9:00 AM                  Break - Sponsored by John Deere 9:00 - 9:50 AM                  UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session Two             9:50 - 10:00 AM                 Break - Sponsored by Stoneville   Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting 10:00 - 10:30 AM             Welcome, recognition of sponsors, Commission report (Ballrooms A & B) 10:30 - 11:00 AM             Kent Fountain, Chairman, National Cotton Council of America 11:00 - 11:30 AM             Jimmy Webb, Chairman, The Cotton Board 11:30 – Noon                     Kim Kitchings, Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Cotton Incorporated 12:00 - 1:15 PM                 Lunch, sponsor recognitions, producer drawings (Ballrooms C & D) 1:15 - 1:45 PM                   Presentation of the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards 1:45 - 2:00 PM                   Break - Sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Georgia   UGA Cotton Production Workshop 2:00 - 2:50 PM                   UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session Three 2:50 - 3:00 PM                   Break - Sponsored by Phytogen 3:00 - 3:50 p.m.                UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session Four
Jan 26
7:30AM - 4:00PM Georgia Cotton Commission 15th Annual Meeting UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA