Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Incorporating S-metolachlor

Follow these recommendations to properly activate this herbicide with irrigation. By J. Ferrell and R. Leon, University of Florida Weed Scientists Herbicide-resistant weeds have changed how we design our weed management programs. To combat these weeds, we are increasingly returning to soil-applied herbicides. However, a soil-applied herbicide has to be mixed in the soil, or activated, to be effective. If ... Read More »

NPBPA Convention Recap

Speakers from the buying point convention offer some thoughts on the 2016 season. The National Peanut Buying Points Association, representing more than 400 peanut buying locations, held their annual convention in February at the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The following is a recap of some of the presentations made at the convention. Make Data-Based Decisions Karl Zimmer, CEO ... Read More »

Arkansas On The Increase

As producers plant more peanut acreage, they are encouraged to start with sustainability in mind. By Ryan McGeeney, U of A System Division of Agriculture Peanut production in the Arkansas Delta is expected to continue moderate growth over 2015 numbers, say experts and growers. After being recognized as a major peanut-producing state by the National Peanut Board in 2014, production ... Read More »

News Briefs

U.S. Peanut Crop Value According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the price of peanuts averaged 19 cents per pound or $380 per ton last season, 13.6 percent lower than 2014. The value of the 2015 peanut crop at farm level is $1,186,903,000, a 2.3 percent increase from 2014. The highest average price was paid in North Carolina at $474 ... Read More »

Is Sicklepod Next

University of Georgia weed scientists are looking at the possibility of herbicide-resistant sicklepod. By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences The possibility of sicklepod weed becoming resistant to herbicides is a potential concern for  Georgia peanut farmers, says Eric Protsko, a weed scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Sicklepod ... Read More »

Heirloom Peanut Makes Comeback

Clemson researcher revives the South’s ancestral peanut and finds a market for the distinctive taste in Charleston’s restaurants. Clemson University researcher Brian Ward has revived the South’s ancestral peanut, successfully germinating nearly 1 million Carolina African runner seeds from just 20. The heirloom crop offers a niche, but valuable product, for South Carolina growers and restaurants. Last year’s heavy rains ... Read More »

An Uphill Climb

For decades, Thimet has provided peanut farmers consistent, reliable thrips control under variable weather conditions. With new products continually being introduced, recent research shows Thimet is still the product that provides consistent control of thrips, aiding in additional yield with a positive return on investment. Based on independent, academic research conducted by scientists at multiple universities during the summer of ... Read More »

New Up-Top Plate For Spinner

Nelson Irrigation has added a new plate to the Spinner product offering that gives irrigators another up-top option for center-pivot irrigation. Nelson’s Pivot Spinner is known as a low-pressure alternative to fixed sprayheads, providing higher uniformity with better overlap and lower application rates. The Lime Plate was engineered for up-top usage and gives the Spinner increased throw with minimal crop ... Read More »

Reasons To Throttle Back

Let me fess up that my message today falls squarely under the heading of “the pot calling the kettle black.” Why? In several meetings and field days recently, I have heard Extension agents and specialists tell producers they need to slow down when spraying pest products in peanuts and all other crops. Yep, me telling someone they need to slow ... Read More »

Fallout from cost cutting will change the industry landscape

Unless the Southeast region of the peanut belt experiences a weather disaster, such as a drought or a major flood, peanut prices will likely stay flat during the 2016 growing season and beyond. Shellers are using every way possible to discourage wall-to-wall peanut acreage because they know that another bumper crop is likely to keep shelled peanut prices too low ... Read More »