Author Archives: Blaire Hall

The Cost Of Wild Hogs

Clemson study puts dollar figure on the damage caused by feral hogs. Feral hogs are a $115 million problem for the state’s agriculture, livestock and timber industries in South Carolina, according to a Clemson University study on landowners’ perceived damages from the invasive animals. This is the first time a comprehensive dollar figure has been attached to the ecological and ... Read More »

Peanut Disease Identification

Cylindrocladium Black Rot Cylindrocladium Black Rot (CBR) infected plants are initially chlorotic with foliage becoming brown to black as the disease develops. The symptom unique to CBR is the presence of brick red reproductive structures growing from the crown of infected plants, while the crown, itself, is usually black. Root systems of severely infected plants are deteriorated, void of secondary ... Read More »

News Briefs

Program Sign Up Underway The enrollment period for selecting Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs was announced by USDA FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. Producers on farms with base acres should visit their county FSA office to enroll in one of the programs for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2017. ... Read More »

‘Steady’ Is Welcome

Is there anyone with more faith than the farmer? He or she puts a tiny seed in the ground and expects big things to come. Last year, there were millions of kernels in warehouses and millions more going into the ground, and yet if domestic usage holds steady and exports continue, there could be a shortfall before the next crop ... Read More »

Weed Management

Florida Pusley (Richardia scabra) Florida pusley is a low-growing, annual weed species that appears almost prostrate. It can be effectively controlled only with pre-plant incorporated herbicides. Florida pusley has bright green leaves with a distinctive recessed mid-vein. The stems are very hairy and may have a purplish appearance. The flowers are white with six petals in a star-shaped whorl.   ... Read More »

Peanut Insecticide Management

  Lesser Cornstalk Borer Lesser cornstalk borer is an important pest in the Southeastern and Southwestern growing areas. It is usually a problem during hot, dry weather and is more often a problem on coarse, sandy soils than on heavier soils. Lesser cornstalk borer larvae will feed on underground pegs and pods in addition to any part of the plant ... Read More »

PEANUT Rx 2017

In 2016, losses to tomato spotted wilt across the peanut production region of the Southeastern United States increased slightly compared to losses from 2015. Losses associated with spotted wilt were approximately 3 percent in 2015 and 3.5 percent in 2016, though tomato spotted wilt was more severe in some fields than in others. Also, tomato spotted wilt was less severe ... Read More »

Leaf Spot In A Dry Year

Increased presence of disease shows susceptibility of varieties and weakening of fungicides. Georgia peanut growers experienced problematic leaf spot diseases this year because of susceptible varieties and weakening fungicide treatments, according to Albert Culbreath and Tim Brenneman, plant pathologists at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Brenneman says this year’s dry conditions should have set up an environment that was ... Read More »

New Products

Valor EZ Herbicide Available Valent U.S.A. Corporation recently announced the release of Valor EZ; a liquid formulation of the company’s leading herbicide, Valor. Named Valor EZ Herbicide for its easy-to-mix, in-tank suspension properties, Valor EZ is an ideal residual partner for the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. With its easy mixing and loading and great suspensibility, Valor EZ helps provide ... Read More »

USDA Responds To Market Downturn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in mid-October that many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs would receive safety-net payments because of market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC ... Read More »