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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 »

USDA expects to begin 2nd round of MFP payments before Thanksgiving

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to begin making the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments the week before Thanksgiving to help farmers suffering from trade retaliations by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% they already have received from the 2019 ... Read More »

Texas drought pushes peanut yields lower

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• By Jessica Domel • Drought took a toll on the Texas peanut crop this season. Shelly Nutt, executive director of Texas Peanut Producers, said the crop looked good initially, but as farmers started harvesting, they noticed a yield loss. “It’s directly attributable to the high temperatures in July and August and no rain. So, we’re a little disappointed,” Nutt ... Read More »

Freezing temps threaten last of Arkansas peanut harvest

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When you’ve got a dry day in a harvest season like this, you go for it. It was this common sense that kept Andy Vangilder, Extension peanut agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Extension plant pathologist Travis Faske and Craighead County Extension agent Chris Grimes working a field of research peanut plots — 48 in all ... Read More »

Texas Foundation Seed Service is now Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research has changed the name of the for Texas Foundation Seed Service to Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed, effective immediately. “The new name – Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed – strongly emphasizes our relationship with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and is consistent with Texas A&M AgriLife’s branding strategy,” said Patrick J. Stover, vice chancellor of Texas A&M ... Read More »

Peanut harvest season is a time of celebration

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Peanut harvest season in Sylvester, Georgia, is more than just farmers digging up the fruits of their labor. It’s a time of celebration for agriculture, the sector that drives the economic footprint in this rural community. Sylvester is just one Georgian town that exudes peanut pride. Plains and Brooklet also host peanut festivals in the fall, and Blakely hosts the ... Read More »

Lingering Alabama drought yields mixed harvest results

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Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84% of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55% of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these conditions, producers are still hard at work bringing in this year’s crop. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 96% of the corn planted in Alabama ... Read More »

Vangilder prepping peanut growers, next generation of Extension agents

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A successful Arkansas economy relies on two essential elements: agriculture and farmers. Unfortunately, fewer young people are choosing to farm, leaving a widening knowledge disparity for those watching over crops. The Cooperative Extension Service has turned that conundrum into an opportunity, tapping Andy Vangilder as an instructor to help growers in the state’s burgeoning peanut fields and serving as a ... Read More »

Aggressive early spot, coupled with rain forecast, may prompt a fungicide

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• By Alan Henn • Early leaf spot (https://www.mississippi-crops.com/2013/08/12/early-leaf-spot-of-peanut/) can seriously defoliate peanuts, leading to yield losses and perhaps inversion problems that inhibit pod drying. Leaf spots generally require some hours of free water (dew, guttation, irrigation) on the leaf for the fungal spores to germinate and infect. Thus leaf spots are generally more aggressive in rainy times or during extended ... Read More »

If you’re growing dryland, UGA agronomist advises to start digging

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Georgia’s recent hot, dry weather has dryland peanut farmers making tough decisions about when to dig their crops, according to Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist. Since much of south Georgia has experienced little to no rainfall in the past month and even less is expected over the next few weeks, Monfort is encouraging farmers to move ... Read More »