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Mississippi peanut, soybean acreage exceeds forecasts as cotton tumbles

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Cotton and corn acreage in Mississippi are more than 30% below March projections, while growers of soybeans and peanuts planted much more than initially forecasted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service released a report at the end of June updating the amount of crop acreage planted statewide. It compared those amounts to how much growers said they ... Read More »

Lights, camera, action — field days go virtual during ongoing pandemic

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Once upon a time, the phrase “coming to a screen near you” meant a new cinematic feat was on its way, either in movie theaters or, more cozily, your living room. Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of online video teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom, the phrase often heralds one’s best bet at ... Read More »

Alabama peanut farmers donate 14,400 jars of peanut butter to food banks

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The Alabama Peanut Producers Association donated 14,400 jars of peanut butter to the Alabama Food Bank Association to assist eight regional food banks with feeding their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on hunger-relief efforts around the state, and peanut butter is a favorite item for food banks, according to a news release. “Alabama peanut farmers are especially ... Read More »

A fast, accurate way to check peanut plants for healthy traits

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The lengthy process of breeding better peanut plants can be sped up by using a biophysics technique, Raman spectroscopy. Texas A&M AgriLife biophysicists and plant breeders have demonstrated the use of Raman spectroscopy to quickly scan the levels of oleic acid in peanuts. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil, lends peanuts a longer shelf life. The oil is also healthy for ... Read More »

Stand issues — should you replant your peanut field?

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• By Mike Mulvaney and Scott Tubbs • It’s the time of year when producers often face decisions involving replanting peanut. This is always a tough call — there are many factors to consider including should the existing crop be terminated or supplemented and how single versus twin rows affects the situation. Researchers at the University of Georgia have conducted ... Read More »

Phytopathology society names 2 UGA scientists as Fellows

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Two prominent faculty members of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Albert Culbreath and Harald Scherm, have been named 2020 Fellows of the American Phytopathological Society. The society grants the honor to a current APS member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to APS. Recognition as a Fellow is based on significant contributions ... Read More »

EPA registers FMC premix insecticide

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Elevest insecticide from FMC Corp. for use on several crops, including cotton, soybeans, sweet corn, peanut and potatoes. The product is a premix of the full rate of Rynaxypyr — the brand name for chlorantraniliprole — and a full rate of the pyrethroid, bifenthrin. Together, they offer growers fast knockdown as well as ... Read More »

Before you plant, consider these 5 factors that affect soil temperature

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Spring is more than a season when it comes to row crop production. Peanut producers consider many factors before planting, but soil temperature is one of the most important factors on the radar. Factors Kris Balkcom, an Alabama Extension peanut agronomist, said there are five important environmental conditions directly affecting soil temperature. Planting timing varies based on the area of ... Read More »

Hot off the press: NCSU’s new peanut maturity profile

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North Carolina State University’s new peanut maturity profile can be found by clicking here. University Extension plans to print and laminate 3,000 copies, according to David Jordan, NCSU Extension peanut specialist. They will be available through local NCSU Extension offices as the state moves toward harvest. Funds through North Carolina State Extension and the Agronomic Team program will pay for ... Read More »

Options for cost savings in weed control programs

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Row crop commodity prices have been low due to COVID-19 and the lack of demand. Peanut prices were at $418 a ton in the second week of April. To survive low commodity prices and global economic uncertainties, farmers will need to cut expenses and use resources more efficiently. The following are cost-saving options for weed control with the goal to ... Read More »