Features

Building For The Future

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New shelling plants are in the works, and one came online in August. If the building of new industry infrastructure in the form of shelling facilities is a positive sign, then peanuts are well poised for the future. Farmers in southwest Alabama have joined together as Coastal Growers LLC, with plans to build a peanut shelling plant in Atmore. The ... Read More »

Charting Disease Trends

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A survey started three years ago evolves into an integrated tool for monitoring disease and guiding research efforts. In 2017, Florida producers experienced a problem in peanut fields that had never been seen before. The phenomenon, coined “peanut collapse” or “peanut decline,” affected approximately 25,000 acres and reduced yields about 1,000 pounds per acre on average in these locations. At ... Read More »

Start With Soil pH

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Soil pH in the correct range is needed for maximum yield. • By Audrey Gamble, Auburn University Extension Soil Scientist • Maintaining soil pH is the first step to improving soil fertility for peanut production. Most Southeastern soils are naturally low in pH and must be limed to create conditions that boost production. The ideal pH for peanuts is in ... Read More »

Rains Amplify Pod Rot Issues

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Adequate calcium helps protect pods from pathogens. Late this season, Florida peanut producers saw an increase in pod rot disease. It’s little wonder given the number of tropical storms and hurricanes. In early June, Tropical Storm Cristobal provided torrential rainfall, followed by even more showers for a total of 18 to 22 inches within a week’s time in some locations. ... Read More »

Stripling Family Honored As Friend Of Extension

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The Stripling Family Foundation of Camilla, Georgia, has been recognized with the Epsilon Sigma Phi National Friend of Extension award for their many years of philanthropic and personal support of agriculture programs in Georgia. Charles and Patsy Stripling credited Charles’ parents, the late C.M. Stripling and Bernice Campbell Stripling, for their many decades of support for agricultural research, education and ... Read More »

Crop Wrap-Up

Seed quality sets the tone for season-long effects in the Southeast. • By Amanda Huber, Editor • The Southeast crop seemed to be fated from the start. A drought in late-season 2019 meant that seed peanuts would likely have germination problems. Testing in the seed lab over the winter confirmed this speculation. The difficulty getting a good stand of peanuts ... Read More »

Cutting Costs, Not Corners

Littleton Wilder Jr.

For the Wilders, peanuts are a generational endeavor. Editor’s Note: Since the interviews were conducted for this article but before it could be published, Lynn Wilder passed away. On behalf of The Peanut Grower, our sincere condolences go out to the Wilder family. We appreciate them allowing us to move forward with the article even in their time of bereavement. ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Go!

Reduce digging losses with proper setup and field checks. • By Amanda Huber • Once the decision to dig has been made and equipment is readied and pulled into the field, a quick field test is needed to put the final adjustments into place. Clemson University agricultural engineer Kendall Kirk says that producers should synchronize the speed of their digger’s ... Read More »

A Tribute to Dr. Barbara Shew

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NCSU Research And Extension Plant Pathologist A Voice Of Accuracy And Precision • By David Jordan • This fall, Dr. Barbara Shew will retire after many years of contributions to the peanut industry. Her work has encompassed the core components of the land-grant system — Extension, research and teaching — and in doing so, she has touched the lives of ... Read More »