Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Peanut Proud Delivers

The industry rallies to aid those in need. Peanut Proud didn’t have far to travel with their disaster response to recent storms as it was neighbors in Southwest Georgia and Mississippi who were hit by severe weather two consecutive weeks in January. Even Southern Ag Carriers, who has transported peanut butter donations to other places, was ravaged by the storms, ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

SCOTT MONFORT University of Georgia Extension Agronomist Don’t Cut Corners With Pests The peanut season has begun on a warm note. To date, we have only received a few cold days going into March. Luckily, rain has been a part of the weather patterns replenishing many of our ponds and aquifers. Looking at the short-term models, the current weather patterns ... Read More »

No Excess In U.S. Supply, But Watch Other Origins

  The final numbers are almost in on U.S. peanut production from 2016. USDA predicted 2,842,305 farmer-stock tons, while the Federal Crop Inspection Service has counted 2,770,299 tons. The numbers are short of the October prediction of 3,155,100 tons. Lack of rain the last 90 days of the growing season caused both quality and quantity issues. The new numbers are ... Read More »

Will The Warm Winter Produce More Disease?

Regrowth of winter host plants create a haven for disease pathogens and nematode populations. A La Niña weather pattern is providing warmer winter temperatures for Georgia residents, sparking farmers’ concerns about potential plant diseases at the start of production season in early spring. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait says that farmers rely on extreme cold and ... Read More »

Another Year Older

My, they do grow old quickly. Am I talking about children? No, although it fits them as well. I’m talking about varieties. In the Peanut Pointer column on page 21, Kris Balkcom, agri-program associate with Auburn University, makes the point that Georgia-06G is more than 10 year’s old. More than a decade old? It seems like just yesterday Georgia Green ... Read More »

When In Drought, Don’t Forget To Scout

Insect populations fluctuate greatly with temperature and moisture. Year 2016 was an interesting one that started with a very wet spring followed by a drought starting in June with a dramatic reduction in precipitation that lasted five months. Looking at climate data from Clanton, Ala., as an example of what happened last year, after the last big rain event in ... Read More »

One for the Books

Enjoy the current market position, but remember a Farm Bill and trade agreements are needed. By Amanda Huber Plain and simple, there were not enough peanuts produced in 2016. But that’s what we know in hindsight. At planting, producers were cautioned not to plant too many peanuts and, for certain, don’t plant without knowing where those peanuts were going to ... Read More »

Putting Robots To Work In The Field

A 30 percent population increase necessitates the use of robotics in food production research. It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combines, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a ... Read More »

News Briefs

Georgia’s Perdue Selected Ag Sec. U.S. President Donald J. Trump has selected Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, to be Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue is a lifelong farmer. He graduated from Warner Robins High School and earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1971 from the University of Georgia. Following his service as a Captain in the United States ... Read More »

Peanut Variety Guide 2017

TThe best variety choice is one that will achieve a rapid, uniform stand and provide good yields and grades over a wide range of growing conditions. With so many varieties to choose from, careful consideration should go into this part of your planting decision. Study the variety descriptions and the trial data, and choose a variety or varieties that best ... Read More »