Editor’s Note

Good News Can Be Found

amanda huber

As best I can, I’m an optimist. I look for the silver lining in clouds, make lemonade from lemons when possible and always count my blessings one by one. But the truth is, this situation of sheltering in place doesn’t change what I do nearly as much as it does many people. I have been working from home since becoming ... Read More »

Buying Into The Message

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It had everyone talking. Was Mr. Peanut really dead? Would Planters kill off one of the longest running, most recognizable, top hat- and monocle-wearing brand icon? When the commercial teaser was released, my phone started buzzing. Friends and co-workers wanted to know if he was dead. Peanut industry friends and contacts were talking about it. At production meetings prior to ... Read More »

Expert Advice On Seed

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It’s that time of year again when winter production meetings are in full swing. Hopefully you will attend one of these short courses to learn the latest research and recommendations from our Extension specialists. At the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, researchers emphasized the critical importance of a good stand. A uniform, vigorously growing stand of peanuts with no gaps is ... Read More »

What I’m Wishing For You

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It’s January once again, and that means it’s time for the Peanut Grower’s Pesticide Guide. The guide continues to include sections on identifying common diseases, insects and weeds found in peanuts. Pest management begins with correct identification of the problem. This information is reviewed and updated by experts in their fields. As farmers, you know who to go to for ... Read More »

A dire warning

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Grower groups throughout the peanut belt do a good job of educating congressional staffers about the importance of our crop and of rural America, in general. Recently, the Georgia Peanut Commission and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation hosted 20 such individuals in South Georgia. The staffers represented offices from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. Although this is important, it ... Read More »

Déjà vu All Over Again

amanda huber

My mom was a school teacher. For years she taught home economics, a useful class that is unfortunately no longer taught in schools. She eventually became the guidance counselor at the elementary school. Over the years, as we would see people in various places around town, she would say something like, “I taught her and I also taught her mom.” ... Read More »

Useful, But Underutilized Technology

amanda huber

I feel extremely blessed to be the editor of Peanut Grower and to have been able to do this working remotely from my home all these years. This has only been accomplished because of my access to reliable Internet. For years, I have used Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to get a high-speed bandwidth connection, which goes over the phone line ... Read More »

Farming Isn’t Easy

amanda huber

In this issue of Peanut Grower, there is a lot of news about pesticides that reinforces my belief that it is getting more difficult to use products that you may have been using for decades. For example, on page 14, you can read more about the new regulations that will apply to paraquat by the fall. Additional training and certification ... Read More »

Has It Really Been 10 Years?

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As the spring rolls on, the hope for better crop prices in peanuts or any rotation partner continues to diminish, as does the hope for a reduction in the peanut stockpile or improved trade. Frequent rains are keeping producers out of the field when they should be planting corn. When this happens, it tends to lead to more peanuts because ... Read More »

Final Numbers Show A Mixed Bag

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In mid-February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released state-by-state crop and stock reports. This was the first new data available from the department since the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. For some the numbers were better than expected, but for Arkansas producers, it only confirmed that it had been a tough year. Travis Faske, ... Read More »