2017-07-27 / Editorial Page

Coming back home

By Brian Tankersley
Lincoln County Extension Service

I am very blessed to have the op­portunity to write this article as the Part time County Extension Agent / Coordinator for Lincoln County. After working in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Ser­vice organization for over 30 years, I have made my way back home to Lincoln County.

I grew up in the Double Branches Community in Lincoln County, and working for UGA Extension has been a Tankersley family tradition. My brother, Wayne, and cousins, Gary and Carl Tankersley, were all working for UGA Cooperative Ex­tension when I began in 1984. I was fortunate to have a good number of family members that were involved in extension and as a young person I had heard that being a county agent was a well-thought-of position.

As I learned about becoming a county extension agent, I realized that this position had the reputa­tion of being the UGA Land Grant information resource person to the rural communities. People would call on you, because you were vital to getting the researched based in­formation they needed to improve their livelihood.

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to serve in multiple counties, Randolph, Elbert, and Tift Counties. I look forward to con­tinuing the extension tradition here in my home county. Whether it’s helping our state’s largest industry agriculture, or supporting the 4-H program, or helping with land­owner’s lawns, gardens and ponds issues, I look forward to being that local extension resource.

In my articles, I plan to share some of my recent questions that have come into the extension office, along with answers to those ques­tions.

Q. When is the best time to move shrubs from one part of the landscape to another location?

A. The best time is the dormant winter months in order for the plant to get adjusted before spring growth and hot summertime temperatures.

Q. I’m having issues in my home vegetable garden with poor growth and production. What could be causing the problem?

A. The problem could be a number of issues but I would start with get­ting a soil sample to see if there is an issue with fertility or ph. There are also a number of cultural practices that could have a positive impact on production including using cover crops, utilizing proper irrigation techniques, good tillage methods, pest control, site rotation, and vari­ety selection.

Q. I recently had a fish kill in my pond due to oxygen depletion. What causes this problem?

A. There could be several causes of oxygen level shortages in ponds. Most often this problem occurs in the late summer time when water temperatures are at the highest and we experience a strong thunder storm with wind followed by 2-3 days of cloudy weather. This sce­nario could cause your pond to turn over and cause a shortage of oxygen in the water. Ponds with heavy fish populations and lower water levels could be more susceptible to lower oxygen levels. There are other sce­narios that can cause pond oxygen depletion problems so if you have questions contact the extension of­fice for more information.

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