Author Archives: Vicky Boyd

Proof Is In T he Yield

paul wigley consultant

Testing products on the farm is standard for this crop consultant and the growers he works with. • By Amanda Huber, Editor • Paul Wigley is a well-known name in South Georgia. Even though he retired as Calhoun County Extension Agent in 2011, Wigley has stayed busy as a crop consultant with his business Paul Ventures Inc. working with some of ... Read More »

News Briefs

U.S. capitol

Farm Bill Called ‘A Miracle’ At the National Peanut Buying Points Association Annual Convention, U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chairman, Collin Peterson (D-Mn) said, “It was a miracle with all the problems we had to face that we got a Farm Bill!” Peterson said that it was good news the way it played out, but it was hard fought ... Read More »

Overcoming Uncertainty

Hurricane Michael Damage to Georgia

Because of losses suffered during the last growing season and new tariffs, Georgia farmers are facing a sense of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming production season, says University of Georgia agricultural economist Adam Rabinowitz. Just four months removed from Hurricane Michael — the devastating October storm that contributed to more than $2 billion in agricultural-related damage — farmers are unsure of ... Read More »

Has It Really Been 10 Years?

amanda huber

As the spring rolls on, the hope for better crop prices in peanuts or any rotation partner continues to diminish, as does the hope for a reduction in the peanut stockpile or improved trade. Frequent rains are keeping producers out of the field when they should be planting corn. When this happens, it tends to lead to more peanuts because ... Read More »

Carryover Expected To Be In More Balanced Position

loading stored peanuts

Peanut production in 2018 in the United States was 2,730,800 tons. The 23 percent reduction from the previous year was a move in the right direction to balance the U.S. supply with world demand. However, it is now apparent that it was not enough to move the market as demand for peanuts in the United States and the export market ... Read More »

Postemergence Herbicide Options

sprayer

One of the keys to success in peanut production is effective early season weed control. Peanut fields must be kept clean for the first 4 to 6 weeks to maximize yields. This is accomplished by the effective use of preplant burndown herbicides or tillage before planting, the use of Prowl, Sonalan, trifluralin preplant followed by incorporation either mechanical or irrigation, ... Read More »

T hink Inside And Outside T he Box

jerry adams, south carolina crop consultant

It’s that time of year again. Planting is right around the corner. Florence and Michael have come and gone. What’s going to be different this year? When planting time rolls around, calibration is key to getting the most “bang out of the buck.” The first factor that should be considered is something a grower can control, according to experienced crop ... Read More »

Building a Foundation

J.D. and Ben Newton

A season-long fungicide program can provide the strong foundation your peanut crop needs to reach its maximum yield potential. In 2018, peanut grower Joey Flake experienced heavy white mold, rhizoctonia and leaf spot disease pressure on his Georgia farm. Luckily, he had a season-long fungicide program in place, and his irrigated fields treated with DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide remained relatively disease-free. ... Read More »

Final Numbers Show A Mixed Bag

amanda huber

In mid-February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released state-by-state crop and stock reports. This was the first new data available from the department since the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. For some the numbers were better than expected, but for Arkansas producers, it only confirmed that it had been a tough year. Travis Faske, ... Read More »

Zidua Herbicide Q&A

peanuts growing in field

• By Steve Li, Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor,  Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences • Q What is Zidua? How does it kill weeds? A: Zidua (pyrosasulfone) is a Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) group 15 herbicide, which has similar mode of action to Dual Magnum (S-metolachlor), Warrant (acetochlor) and Outlook (S-dimethenamid). It controls weeds by inhibiting production ... Read More »