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2021 Peanut Grower Variety Guide

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Variety selection is one of the most important decisions in peanut production. Field history, irrigation, planting and harvest capabilities, seed availability, seed quality and marketing opportunities are all factors that affect variety selection. Most varieties now offer some level of resistance to multiple diseases. The best choice is one that will achieve a rapid, uniform stand and provide good yield ... Read More »

Feral Swine Garner More Attention, Funding

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A new project co-led by Auburn University researchers addresses the increasing number and distribution of feral swine—animals that cause more than $50 million a year in damage to agriculture in Alabama. The research focuses on measuring the reduction in damage caused by feral swine during the implementation of the Alabama Feral Swine Control Pilot Program. Through a $450,000 grant from ... Read More »

A Tale Of Two Crops

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Demand increased for peanuts during the pandemic; cotton markets soured at first but are opening again. People expect two things in the late fall in the South: the smell of freshly plowed peanuts and cotton fields that resemble snow. Each year, farmers anticipate and prepare for unknowns, such as weather and industry changes; however, responding to a global pandemic was ... Read More »

NPB Offers Tuition Grant For Farm Management Program

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The virtual bootcamp sets farmers up for success. Times are challenging on the farm these days. Farmers run and finance large and diverse businesses, manage capital, handle labor issues and navigate regulations. Operators are constantly working on their business. The Executive Farm Management Program is designed to help farmers work on their business. This year, the National Peanut Board is ... Read More »

Alabama Row Crop Short Course Now Online

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Preparations for the upcoming growing season will not need to be put on hold during the pandemic. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences have partnered to bring the annual row crops short course to producers everywhere—on their own time. Now available, the topics run the gamut from ... Read More »

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 »