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With the most advanced technology, Premium Peanut will make data-based decisions. An estimated 550 peanut producers, industry members, local, state and national leaders and members of the local community convened on Barrington Road in Coffee County, Ga., in late April to celebrate the Grand Opening of Premium Peanut. Attendees enjoyed lunch, congratulatory remarks and tours of the plant. Georgia Governor ... Read More »

Protecting Profit from Pests

While work continues on developing economic thresholds for insect pests, scouting can pay dividends now. University of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying peanut crops, a first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate when it’s time to apply insecticide products. Currently, Abney and his team are focusing on the three-cornered ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

Is your irrigation scheduling method reliable or is it reducing yields?According to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, peanut producers intend to plant 1.48 million acres in 2016, down 9 percent from the previous year. The slight decrease coincides with a slight increase in planting intentions of acreage to corn and cotton. However, a rainy spring may mean the pendulum swings ... Read More »

Irrigation Management

Is your irrigation scheduling method reliable or is it reducing yields? By Amanda Huber The need to reduce costs in a time of down prices is easier said than done. What input can you possibly cut and still provide the crop what it needs, including protection from disease, insects and weed competition? According to Wes Porter, UGA Extension irrigation specialist, ... Read More »

Farm Economy Survival Tips

Commodity price trends mean tighter operating budgets for farmers. Low commodity prices and declining credit availability are impeding cash flow for Georgia farmers, said University of Georgia agricultural economist Brady Brewer. Brewer, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, suggests farmers do an extensive self-evaluation of their farming ... Read More »

Gypsum Use And Timing

A variety of gypsum sources and application methods gives producers options. By Amanda Huber Gypsum, or calcium sulfate, products are available from many sources and can be purchased based on price, availability and spreadability. It used to only be available in the granular form mined out of Canada or a by-product of fertilizer mining in Florida. Now, there are “wet ... Read More »

Incorporating S-metolachlor

Follow these recommendations to properly activate this herbicide with irrigation. By J. Ferrell and R. Leon, University of Florida Weed Scientists Herbicide-resistant weeds have changed how we design our weed management programs. To combat these weeds, we are increasingly returning to soil-applied herbicides. However, a soil-applied herbicide has to be mixed in the soil, or activated, to be effective. If ... Read More »

NPBPA Convention Recap

Speakers from the buying point convention offer some thoughts on the 2016 season. The National Peanut Buying Points Association, representing more than 400 peanut buying locations, held their annual convention in February at the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The following is a recap of some of the presentations made at the convention. Make Data-Based Decisions Karl Zimmer, CEO ... Read More »

Arkansas On The Increase

As producers plant more peanut acreage, they are encouraged to start with sustainability in mind. By Ryan McGeeney, U of A System Division of Agriculture Peanut production in the Arkansas Delta is expected to continue moderate growth over 2015 numbers, say experts and growers. After being recognized as a major peanut-producing state by the National Peanut Board in 2014, production ... Read More »

Is Sicklepod Next

University of Georgia weed scientists are looking at the possibility of herbicide-resistant sicklepod. By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences The possibility of sicklepod weed becoming resistant to herbicides is a potential concern for  Georgia peanut farmers, says Eric Protsko, a weed scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Sicklepod ... Read More »