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2020 proved a surprisingly steady year for most Arkansas crops

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Despite a year dominated by major weather systems run amuck and a global pandemic, most of Arkansas’ major crops came out ahead in 2020, according to a Jan. 12 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Overall, Arkansas growers harvested about 6.74 million acres of commodity crops in 2020, not including fruits and other specialty ... Read More »

CRP signup runs through Feb. 12

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Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program  can sign up for the program through Feb. 12. The competitive program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first ... Read More »

UF/IFAS Peanut Butter Challenge collects over 13 tons statewide

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The 2020 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Peanut Butter Challenge collected just over 27,000 pounds of peanut butter across 53 counties, all of which will fill participating counties’ food banks this holiday season. This year marks the first in which the event fully expanded beyond the Florida Panhandle, where it has been held annually since 2012. ... Read More »

Georgia Peanut Farm Show & Conference postponed until 2022

The Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, originally scheduled for Jan. 20-21, 2021, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, has been postponed until January 2022. This decision, in consultation with the University of Georgia, was made in the interest of public health. “We are disappointed to postpone the 2021 show, but understand the challenges the pandemic has ... Read More »

Slow start, strong finish for Arkansas peanuts

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• By Mary Hightower • Despite a plant-then-replant start, the 2020 Arkansas peanut growing season ended with a smoother harvest than in previous years thanks to weather and a couple of new buying points, Andy Vangilder, an Extension educator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said. The season was also marked by peanuts’ expansion out of northeastern ... Read More »

Texas 2020 peanut crop yields a mixed bag

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• By Jennifer Dorsett • The 2020 harvest season has wrapped for Texas peanut farmers with mixed results. Some areas of the state had good yields and good quality, while other parts of the state experienced a below-average season. “We had such a mixed bag across the state. In West Texas, where 90% of Texas peanuts are grown, we had ... Read More »

Texas peanut producers faced tough 2020 season

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Texas peanut producers experienced a difficult 2020 growing season due to drought, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension state peanut specialist, Vernon, said dry weather from April to September led to below-average yields as peanut producers near the end of harvest. “Harvest is almost done in most areas because there’s not been ... Read More »

Virginia peanut, cotton harvests delayed by damp fall

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Virginia’s cotton and peanut harvests are lagging due to a series of disruptive weather events, and the threat of additional rain could further dampen farmers’ efforts. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service Nov. 9 crop report, Virginia’s cotton and peanut harvests are just 35% and 65% complete, respectively. At this time last year, Virginia farmers had completed the peanut ... Read More »

EPA registers low-use-rate insecticide from FMC

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Vantacor insect control from FMC Corp. for use on an array of crops including soybeans, corn, cotton, peanuts, potatoes, sweet corn, sugarcane and onions. Vantacor is a highly concentrated formulation of Rynaxypyr branded active, which offers long residual control of Lepidopteran pests. The actual active ingredient is chlorantraniliprole, an Insect Resistance Action Committee ... Read More »

Florida’s Peanut Butter Challenge spreads statewide

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Spread the word, and the peanut butter! The Peanut Butter Challenge, an annual jar collection that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is expanding statewide in the wake of Hurricane Sally. Coordinated by University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension faculty and volunteers, the project was conceived as a way to feed hungry families ahead of the ... Read More »