Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Stress Memory And Seed Quality

The impact of stress on a plant can make an imprint onto the next generation of plants. By Diane Rowland, Barry Tillman and graduate student Kelly Racette, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Agronomy Department For as long as crops have been domesticated, farmers have been selecting seed from the best performing plants — based primarily on ... Read More »

Palmer Amaranth Adaptability

This weed’s ability to survive goes beyond its penchant for developing resistance to herbicides. By Ramon Leon, Extension Weed Specialist, West Florida REC, and Jay Ferrell, Extension Weed Specialist, Agronomy Department, University of Florida Palmer amaranth, commonly referred to as Palmer pigweed, is perhaps the most problematic weed in the southern United States, especially in row-crop production. This weed can ... Read More »

Consider Replanting Options

Allow original planting time to emerge, but move quickly to replant if necessary. Georgia peanut farmers who plant a crop in mid-to-late April should make a decision on a second crop within two to four weeks of planting their initial crop. University of Georgia researcher and systems peanut agronomist Scott Tubbs helps farmers make that decision. Tubbs’ research focuses on ... Read More »

Making Management Adjustments

Be critical about fungicide selection, timing and ability to move down the plant in what could be a year of increased disease.  By Amanda Huber The first line of defense in disease management in peanuts is crop rotation. However, the projected increase in acreage means that crop rotations are being shortened. Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist, estimates ... Read More »

Better Pivot Conversion From Valley

Valley Irrigation recently introduced Valley ICONX as part of the ICON series of smart control panels to combat the challenge of multiple control technologies on today’s farms. Farming operations continue to expand, adding new or rented farmland that often comes with a mixture of center pivots. Managing various software and mobile applications can become time consuming and challenging. Valley ICONX ... Read More »

Farm Bill Hearings Begin

Georgia producer Tim McMillan testified about the PLC program and the effect of generic base. Hearing and listening sessions taking place both in Washington D.C. and around the country over the next several months will be an important part of gathering ideas says U.S. House of Representatives Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and will help ensure that they know producers’ ... Read More »

Weed Control Options

Peanut growers are fortunate to have 18 active ingredients registered for use as herbicides. In general, these herbicides are very effective when applied at the appropriate rate and time. Failure to start clean at planting, residual herbicides that are not activated with timely irrigation or rainfall, postemergence applications to weeds larger than 3 inches tall and unfavorable environmental conditions, such ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

According to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, U.S. peanut growers intend to plant 1,751,000 acres this year, up 5 percent from last year’s 1,671,000 acres. The expected increase is largely driven by expectations of higher contract prices. Georgia is expected to increase acreage by 9 percent or 785,000 acres, but is slightly less than some in the industry had predicted ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

DAVID JORDAN North Carolina State University Extension Agronomist In-furrow Compatibility Issues If your peanuts are already in the ground, your preplant, preplant incorporated and preemergence herbicides have been applied, and your thrips and tomato spotted wilt programs are in place. Early season weed and thrips control can have a major impact on yield, and certainly achieving a desirable stand is ... Read More »

Peanuts Need A Profitable Rotation Partner To Stem Yield Decline

  Peanuts are a shining star in the agricultural “tool box” as growers have been offered reasonable early contracts and the world is demanding more peanuts. Producers are usually optimistic when they smell fresh-plowed dirt and can look forward to a bountiful harvest at the end of the season, even when prices are not so good. However, peanut optimism is ... Read More »