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USDA forecasts slight increase in peanut plantings this season

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Peanut growers say they plan to plant nearly 1.53 million acres this season, up 7% from the 1.42 million acres planted in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released Planting Intentions Report. Growers in nearly every peanut-producing state are expected to increase acreage slightly except for Oklahoma, where they are expected to decrease plantings to 12,000 acres, ... Read More »

OSU studying ways to boost water conservation in flood irrigation

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Flood irrigation has been a common agricultural practice for 5,000 years, but an Oklahoma State University researcher contends producers who use it can still benefit from enhancements that maximize limited water resources. “Surface or gravity flood irrigation is used in nearly one-third of irrigated acres in the United States, so continuing to provide producers with new advances is essential to ... Read More »

Rep. Glenn Thompson to keynote Western Peanut Growers Ag Issues Conference

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The Western Peanut Growers Association will host an Ag Issues Conference March 18 at the Seminole Community Center, 801 N. Main St., in Seminole. Farmers of all commodities, agribusinesses, community leaders and those interested in agriculture are invited to attend the lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the conference to begin shortly thereafter. The 2020 Ag Issues Conference will focus ... Read More »

SC peanut acreage depends on cotton plantings

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• By Denise Attaway • This year could be a good year for South Carolina peanut growers, or not, depending on how much cotton is planted in the state. During the annual South Carolina Peanut Grower meeting, Clemson agricultural economist Nathan Smith said peanut expectations are that production could be up a little. But right now, the only thing certain ... Read More »

USDA plans to issue 3rd round of MFP payments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to issue the third and final round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin to show up in farmers’ bank accounts by the end of this week. “It’s been a great start to 2020 for American agriculture with ... Read More »

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

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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

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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 »

USDA extends MFP sign-up deadline to Dec. 20

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Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline to Dec. 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been Dec. 13. USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through Dec. 20. ... Read More »

Test your peanut growing skills with the NC Peanut Production Contest

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Think you have what it takes to be in the “Group of 60”? Consider entering the North Carolina Peanut Production Contest. For many years the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, in cooperation with North Carolina State Extension, has supported a peanut production contest at county and state levels and a luncheon to recognize farmers producing an average of at least ... Read More »

National Peanut Research Lab to celebrate 50 years of research

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In the world of peanuts, Georgia is king, growing over 46 percent of the U.S. crop. So where better to locate a laboratory dedicated to solving problems of the U.S. peanut industry? In Dawson, Georgia, Nov. 22, the National Peanut Research Laboratory will celebrate 50 years of research on the popular legume. At the lab, which is part of the ... Read More »