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Alabama launches Feral Swine Control Program

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Free-ranging populations of feral swine — also known as feral hogs, wild boar or wild pigs — can now be found throughout most of Alabama. Feral swine usually cause significant amounts of damage to agricultural crops, food plots, pastures and a myriad of other natural resources. Mark Smith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System wildlife specialist, said although wild pigs allow ... Read More »

Commodity markets surge as USDA reports 2021 planting intentions

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As world markets slowly unfurl from the global knot of the COVID-19 pandemic, futures markets for both soybean and corn responded in a powerfully positive manner March 31 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings Report. The report, conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reflects producers’ intended acreage for crops across ... Read More »

USDA forecasts 2% dip in planted peanut acreage for 2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service expects the nation’s peanut growers to plant about 1.63 million acres in 2021, down 2% from 2020 but 13% above 2019. That’s according to its perspective plantings report released March 30. The estimates are based on grower surveys conducted earlier this year where USDA asked them to estimate the number of ... Read More »

Coronavirus assistance expands for producers

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 provides additional CFAP assistance for producers of eligible row crops under CFAP 2. Row crops eligible for CFAP 2 include: alfalfa, amaranth grain, barley, buckwheat, canola, corn, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, upland cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, ... Read More »

Crop market looks strong, producers book fall loads

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Alabama’s row crop producers are seeing rising prices and a positive crop market outlook, alongside producers throughout the United States. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Economist Wendiam Sawadgo said prices are definitely higher than the ones producers have seen in the past few years. Factors influencing crop markets “There have been a few factors at play,” Sawadgo said. “Trade with China—especially ... Read More »

J. Frank McGill, known by many as ‘Mr. Peanut,’ dies

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J. Frank McGill, affectionally known throughout the Georgia agricultural community as “Mr. Peanut,” passed away surrounded by family March 3 at age 95 in Tifton, Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1951 and a master’s degree in agronomy in 1962 from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He began his career with UGA ... Read More »

Clemson researcher seeks to make peanuts, wheat easier to digest

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Peanuts and wheat are nutritional powerhouses but contain protein allergens that can be detrimental for some people. However, a Clemson University researcher believes that if he can target these proteins, he can breed for safer, low-allergenic varieties. “Wheat and peanut are primary sources of energy and proteins, specifically to populations in the most populated areas of the world,” Sachin Rustgi ... Read More »

Clemson researchers find biomarkers needed to help peanuts beat the heat

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Heat stress caused by climate change is threatening to reduce peanut crop yields and burnout this source of income and food for millions of people worldwide. But a group of researchers led by Clemson University Plant and Environmental Sciences assistant professor Sruthi Narayanan is working to develop heat-tolerant peanut varieties they hope will help maintain peanut production and profitability. Their ... Read More »

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 »