Author Archives: Vicky Boyd

NPRL Celebrates 50 Years

sonny purdue

It was a star-studded event at the National Peanut Research Laboratory’s 50-year celebration. Guest speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-Ga) and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the USDA Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service. Also speaking at the event was American Peanut Sheller Association President Karl Zimmer, and peanut producers Donald Chase and Casey Cox. Finally, ... Read More »

2020 Disease Risk Index

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Changes to Peanut Rx can be found in varieties and at-plant insecticides. Losses to tomato spotted wilt continue to grow across the Southeastern region reaching an estimated 7% in 2019 and double the estimated losses from 2018. Although the reasons for the increased losses in 2019 are not fully understood, it is possible that the warmer spring favored an increase ... Read More »

On-Farm Nematode Trials

root-knot nematode foliar symptoms

The nematode-resistant cultivar, TifNV High O/L, is compared to the nematicide Velum Total. Root-knot nematodes are one of the most prevalent and damaging pests in peanut production in the Southeast. Crop rotation, use of resistant cultivars and nematicide applications are the primary strategies for managing root-knot nematodes. Recently, a new root-knot nematode resistant peanut cultivar, TifNV High O/L, was released ... Read More »

What I’m Wishing For You

amanda huber

It’s January once again, and that means it’s time for the Peanut Grower’s Pesticide Guide. The guide continues to include sections on identifying common diseases, insects and weeds found in peanuts. Pest management begins with correct identification of the problem. This information is reviewed and updated by experts in their fields. As farmers, you know who to go to for ... Read More »

Southern Cover Crops Council

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Group works to double cover crop acreage. Need help deciding which cover crop to plant? What crops match the goals you are trying to achieve in your fields between production seasons? A new resource is available to help producers with these decisions. The Southern Cover Crops Council was formed in July 2017. The group includes farmers, university researchers, Extension specialists, ... Read More »

Uncertain Crop Quality Makes Supply/Demand Calculations Difficult

peanuts drying

The wait and see feeling continues for the peanut industry. Peanut shellers are processing the 2019 crop. Brokers report that U.S. exports depend on the quality of Southeast-produced peanuts and how well the shellers will be able to handle it. Prices for raw-shelled peanuts have only one way to go and that is up. Tight specifications for the market will ... Read More »

New Products

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Soil Health Partnership Heliae Agriculture is partnering with the R.W. Griffin family of companies to drive soil health in Georgia and North Florida. R.W. Griffin, one of the largest fertilizer retailers in Georgia, has become an official distributor for the Southeast region. Griffin Evans, chemical and seed director for R.W. Griffin, says, “We are happy to create a strategic alliance ... Read More »

UF/IFAS Peanut Butter Challenge returns to form with nearly 21,000 jars collected

peanut butter challenge

Last year’s University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension Peanut Butter Challenge was just getting started when Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle. As the communities dealt with the aftermath and UF/IFAS Extension offices became collection points for all varieties of donations, the annual peanut butter jar collection became less of a focus than the many items ... Read More »

Arkansas peanuts dodge a bullet after soggy fall, late-season freeze

randolph county, ark., peanut harvest

Arkansas peanut growers faced harsh weather challenges in 2019, including weeks when the rain never seemed to end and a late-season deep freeze. In early November, a mass of Arctic air dropped temperatures to record lows in many parts of the state, including areas still soggy from waves of storms. By mid-December, however, growers began to shed their initial fears, ... Read More »