Looking Ahead to the 2018 Season

Warm weather, pesticide shortages and significant acreage plantedto peanuts could spell increased problems for producers. By Robert C. Kemerait, Jr., Extension plant pathologist, University of Georgia If the 2017 field season was any indication, disease and nematode management issues will continue to be of increasing concern in 2018. Looming on the horizon for 2018 will be the impact of a ... Read More »

National Peanut Board: Research Review

Imagine what peanut farming would be like had a group of farmers not come together to create the National Peanut Board. Without that reinvestment of more than $30 million back into peanut production research, what would peanut farming be like today? Fortunately, we will never know. The very mission of the National Peanut Board, as it has been since its ... Read More »

When Digging, Speed Matters

Driving too quickly can lead to significant losses when digging peanuts, according to a recent study by Clemson University agricultural engineer Kendall Kirk. Farmers often push digger speeds to save time or to outrace inclement weather, but driving too fast can reduce yield, Kirk says. Conversely, driving too slowly can rip vines apart and increase costs. “As you drive faster, ... Read More »

Crown Rot Disease On The Rise

Aspergillus crown rot disease is on the rise in Georgia peanut fields, and University of Georgia researchers are working to pinpoint why. At present, university scientists recommend that farmers encountering this problem in their fields stop saving seed from year to year in an effort to reduce the disease until better control methods are found. The first line of defense ... Read More »

New Tools For Producers And Handlers

Information on your peanuts sent directly to you from The Seam. By Amanda Huber The Seam, a provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, recently launched new business intelligence tools geared to the peanut industry. The tools will provide peanut producers and handlers with actionable data for changing or improving practices both on and off the farm. Modernized Flow For ... Read More »

New Products

Deere Offers Hurricane Support Deere & Company made a $1 million cash donation to support Habitat Hammers Back, a long-term recovery initiative organized by Habitat for Humanity International to help repair and rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The $1 million commitment to Habitat Hammers Back is another step in the response by Deere and its Foundation ... Read More »

USDA Issues Farm Safety Net, Conservation Payments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that more than $9.6 billion in payments would be made to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2016 crop year, and $1.6 ... Read More »

A Look At The V-C Crop

Good yields are expected across the Carolinas and in Virginia. By Amanda Huber Crop conditions from South Carolina, through its northern neighbor and into Virginia were good this year with only a few problems here and there. Marie Balota, associate professor and Extension specialist, Virginia Tech, Tidewater Agricultural Research and Experiment Center, says 2017 was a good year for peanut ... Read More »

Stress Memory And Seed Quality

The impact of stress on a plant can make an imprint onto the next generation of plants. By Diane Rowland, Barry Tillman and graduate student Kelly Racette, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Agronomy Department For as long as crops have been domesticated, farmers have been selecting seed from the best performing plants — based primarily on ... Read More »

Palmer Amaranth Adaptability

This weed’s ability to survive goes beyond its penchant for developing resistance to herbicides. By Ramon Leon, Extension Weed Specialist, West Florida REC, and Jay Ferrell, Extension Weed Specialist, Agronomy Department, University of Florida Palmer amaranth, commonly referred to as Palmer pigweed, is perhaps the most problematic weed in the southern United States, especially in row-crop production. This weed can ... Read More »