Author Archives: Erin Mann

To The Extreme

By Amanda Huber The word “extreme” gained popularity in the last decade to describe risky and dangerous sports activities, especially those having a high level of inherent danger. The sports network, ESPN, capitalized on this phenomenon by introducing the X games and brought the world little known sports activities that involved spectacular stunts, making “sports” stars, such as Shaun White, ... Read More »

2011 Crop: A Very Mixed Bag

From surprisingly good yields to fields turned under, this year had it all. By Amanda Huber One of the most remembered skits from the old television variety show “Hee Haw” featured a little ditty with a line that went like this, “If it weren’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all.” That’s got to be the way many ... Read More »

Honoring Sustainability

Three producers receive the Naturally Remarkable Planters Awards for sustainable practices and commitment to community. A first-of-its-kind program developed by Planters, with the support of the National Peanut Board and other peanut industry organizations, the Naturally Remarkable Planters Awards recognizes peanut producers who are implementing sustainable practices and making positive social changes in their communities. The program was created as ... Read More »

Market Watch

Will the crop be short and affect demand with higher prices? BY TYRON SPEARMAN CONTRIBUTING EDITOR A perceived peanut shortage and early signs of quality problems have sent the industry into a pricing frenzy. The impact could change the way the peanut market operates. A 13 percent decrease in planted acreage, coupled with a hot, dry summer, prompted USDA to ... Read More »

News Briefs

Super Committee To Impact Farm Bill The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction or Super Committee has convened with the goal of cutting $1.5 trillion from the U.S. national budget over the next decade. Congress must adopt their recommendations by the end of the year or government spending will automatically be cut by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

JOHN P. BEASLEY, JR. University of Georgia Extension Peanut Agronomist One thing we learned in 2011 is how resilient our current cultivars are under severely adverse conditions. Acreage planted in 2011 for seed production for 2012 was approximately 75 percent Georgia-06G, so we know which cultivar will dominate acreage next year, but we saw some excellent results from other cultivars. ... Read More »

New Products

New Bayer CropScience LinkUp Offer Bayer CropScience has announced the new LibertyLink LinkUp Offer, an addition to Innovation Plus programs. Farmers who plant a minimum 250 acres of LibertyLink soybeans and/or cotton will be eligible for a $2 per acre incentive, which is based on a seeding rate of one acre per unit of soybean seed and five acres per ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

JOHN P. BEASLEY, JR. University of Georgia Extension Peanut Agronomist The major disease issue on peanut in 2010 in the Southeast was white mold (southern stem rot, southern blight). What made white mold so devastating was how early it became a serious problem, brought on by intense heat. We always expect to have some white mold each year, and the ... Read More »

New Products

Valley Introduces Pivot Cruise Control Valley Irrigation recently introduced Pivot Cruise Control software, which allows producers to be even more precise with chemigation and fertigation. With the patent pending Cruise Control, producers can program a center-pivot irrigation machine equipped with a Pro2 control panel to automatically adjust its speed, based on completing a defined number of degrees in a specific ... Read More »

Market Watch

A consistent, high quality, affordable supply is needed BY TYRON SPEARMAN CONTRIBUTING EDITOR A combination of factors worldwide, including strong cotton markets, poor quality from 2010 crops and record consumption, has caused peanut prices to dramatically increase in the last six months. While some analysts predict a shortage of peanuts next season, numbers from USDA do not support this, unless ... Read More »