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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 »

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 »