Which Will It Be?

Sclerotinia blight disease in peanut

Sclerotinia blight or Southern stem rot — depending on the weather, one of these is likely in Virginia fields. • By Amanda Huber • Virginia producers find primarily three diseases in their peanut fields, says David Langston, plant pathologist at Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center. “Most fungicide sprays are targeted to leaf spot, Sclerotinia blight or Southern ... Read More »

Troubleshooting Soil Fertility Problems

peanut field with pH problem

Follow the recommendations, keep soil pH in the proper range and know what to look for when problems arise. • By Amanda Huber • Soil is a living ecosystem and is a farmer’s most precious asset. A farmer’s productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soil — that’s a quote by Howard Warren Buffett, farmer ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

peanut seed

Peanut acreage expected to be reduced 2% according to producer surveys. According to the Prospective Plantings report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, peanut producers intend to plant 1.63 million acres in 2021, down 2% from 2020 but 13% percent above 2019. In Georgia, expected planted area is down 2% or 20,000 acres from 2020. Decreases ... Read More »

Strengthen Your Disease Management Plan

Leaf spot and rust trial from BASF

Long-term fungicide efficacy is the goal. Most every farmer goes into the growing season with some type of disease management plan. As a BASF technical service representative, I encourage peanut growers to make sure they are using the right tools to mitigate disease, not only for this season but also for future growing seasons. What’s In Your Toolbox? Diseases like ... Read More »

A ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Approach

picture of Dan Anco

Why not tackle as many problems as possible from the get-go? Emergence and seedling vigor are critical to a successful crop. Getting over the first hurdle of pest pressure is also crucial for achieving good yields. Those early season problems include both nematodes and thrips. Timing and waiting on the proper soil temperatures, plus special attention to what is added ... Read More »

Start Clean, Stay Clean


Planting into a weed-free field, applying residual herbicides and knocking back that first weed flush reduces competition and yield loss. • By Amanda Huber • A big part of getting the crop off to a good start is managing weeds. The key is planting into a clean field and then applying preemergence herbicides as quickly as possible behind the planter. ... Read More »

In Memoriam — Frank McGill: ‘Mr. Peanut’

sam pardue, frank mcgill

Frank McGill’s love for the University of Georgia started long before his career with them began. In the early 1930s and in the middle of the Great Depression, the university gave his brother, James Millard McGill, an opportunity for a college education, even though the family didn’t have the means to pay his tuition. Instead, the McGill’s 1927 Model T ... Read More »

Yield-Robbing Parasites


Root-knot nematodes are still the primary microscopic pest in peanut, but both sting and lesion nematodes can be found in some areas. • By Amanda Huber • Microscopic, voracious, deceptive, invasive, damaging. There are many ways to describe nematodes. In peanut, the most common is the root-knot nematode, although both sting and lesion can be found. Because nematodes are microscopic ... Read More »

The Race Against Leaf Spot

early leaf spot

Aggressive protection is needed as defoliation happens quickly. • By Amanda Huber • Have you ever watched an advanced level track event, such as the Olympic 100-meter dash? The athletes spend a lot of time warming up on the track, stretching, fixing the blocks, getting into their starting stance, and even at times standing up and starting the set-up process ... Read More »

Branch Named To Seed Development Professorship

William “Bill” Branch, a professor in the University of Georgia Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and a peanut breeder, has been named to the Georgia Seed Development Professorship in Peanut Breeding and Genetics. Since joining the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1978, Branch has worked to develop new peanut varieties to help with the battle against ... Read More »