Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Program Deadlines Approaching

USDA’s Risk and Production Program Manager, Brent Orr, spoke recently at the National Peanut Buying Points Association convention about the new Farm Bill programs. Orr said producers have two important deadlines approaching. Feb. 27, 2015, is the final date to update base and yield, and March 31, 2015, is the final date to select ARC or PLC. Orr explained that ... Read More »

Is South Carolina committed to peanuts? You betcha.

Among the many great character traits of my granddaddy, now 104, is that no matter your reason for visiting his house, if he is able to give you something or serve you in some way, he is happy. Be it a glass of water or a T-bone steak, he wants you to have something. Hospitality is truly important to him. ... Read More »


• Feb. 12 – Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show, National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds, Hwy 231 South, Dothan, Ala. Trade show begins at 8:30 a.m. with a luncheon, followed by seed seminar. For more information, call 334-792-6482. • June 13-17 – USA Peanut Congress, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C. For more information, go to the website • July 14-16 – ... Read More »

Minimizing Peanut Disease

Many factors combine to influence the risk of losses to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. Some factors are more important than others, but no single factor can be used as a reliable TSWV control measure. Research data and on-farm observations indicate that when combinations of factors are considered, an individual field’s risk of losses due to TSWV can be estimated. There is no way to predict with total accuracy how much TSWV will occur in a given situation or how the disease will affect yield, but by identifying high-risk situations, growers can avoid those production practices that are conducive to major yield losses. Read More »

Variety Guide 2015

    Variety selection is one of the most important decisions in peanut production. Newer varieties have resistance to multiple diseases, including white mold, but the best variety choice remains those that will achieve a rapid, uniform stand and provide good yields and grades over a wide range of growing conditions. Careful consideration should go into this part of your ... Read More »

Know The Quality Of Irrigation

by Jason Woodward, Texas Agri-Life Extension Plant Pathologist While the Southwest has not completely broken the grip of drought, soil moisture going into the 2015 growing season is much better than the past few years. This is a result of rainfall received late last season and precipitation that has fallen during the winter months. This and other factors appear to ... Read More »

News Briefs

Slow Progress On Farm Bill Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and House Ag Chairman, Frank Lucas (R-OK), have said they would like to move versions of the Farm Bill this spring. In discussions, the sticking points are the commodity and nutrition programs. Sen. Stabenow says that the ag committee is having difficulties in finding agreement on the commodity ... Read More »

New Products

Valley Irrigation Launches Redesigned Website  Valley Irrigation, makers of precision irrigation, has redesigned its website, at, to better serve its customers. The new website makes it easy to research a product or contact a Valley dealer. Growers can find product brochures, videos, owners’ manuals and all the resources needed to make informed irrigation decisions. The site also includes a ... Read More »

News Briefs

New Ag Deputy Secretary From Georgia Krysta Harden of Camilla, Ga., is the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. A Georgia native, Harden has served as the chief of staff at USDA since 2011, where she earned high regard from a wide range of individuals for her no-nonsense approach to problem solving. She replaces Kathleen Merrigan in the second-highest post in ... Read More »