Features

2017: Runner-Type Varieties

Florida-07: This medium-to-late runner market-type peanut was released from the University of Florida in 2006. It has shown excellent yield potential with good grades. Seed are larger and, for this reason, gypsum is recommended for additional calcium. It has good-to-excellent resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), some white mold resistance and tolerance to leaf spot. Florida-07 has high-oleic oil ... Read More »

2017: Virginia-Type Varieties

Bailey: Released by NCSU, Bailey is a medium to large-seeded and high-yielding Virginia-type peanut. It has produced high yields across multiple years and locations, which is an indication of good tolerance to fluctuations of weather and growth conditions. Bailey has a growth habit intermediate between runner and bunch types, bright pods and tan kernel color. More importantly, it is resistant ... Read More »

The Cost Of Wild Hogs

Clemson study puts dollar figure on the damage caused by feral hogs. Feral hogs are a $115 million problem for the state’s agriculture, livestock and timber industries in South Carolina, according to a Clemson University study on landowners’ perceived damages from the invasive animals. This is the first time a comprehensive dollar figure has been attached to the ecological and ... Read More »

Leaf Spot In A Dry Year

Increased presence of disease shows susceptibility of varieties and weakening of fungicides. Georgia peanut growers experienced problematic leaf spot diseases this year because of susceptible varieties and weakening fungicide treatments, according to Albert Culbreath and Tim Brenneman, plant pathologists at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Brenneman says this year’s dry conditions should have set up an environment that was ... Read More »

USDA Responds To Market Downturn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in mid-October that many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs would receive safety-net payments because of market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC ... Read More »

Data Drives Farm Decisions

Georgia’s Farmer of the Year, John McCormick, is known for using innovative production practices. All successful farmers have the curiosity of a scientist in them. For John McCormick, Georgia’s 2016 Farmer of the Year, that curiosity has helped make his farm one of the most successful in the state. Every year, McCormick devotes part of his 1,000-acre row-crop operation near ... Read More »

Crop Recap: Weather Weary Year

Drought leaves producers facing difficult decisions on dryland fields.  Weather conditions deteriorated during the latter part of the summer in Georgia and little rainfall was recorded at critical stages of the growing season. Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist, estimates that as much as one-third of Georgia’s dryland crop has produced very little. So little, in fact, that ... Read More »

Set Up For Success

Boost nitrogen production with this new inoculant product from Verdesian Life Sciences. As planning begins for the next growing season, Verdesian Life Sciences has added Primo Power CL, a new liquid inoculant, to its seed enhancement portfolio. This peanut inoculant opens the door for more nodules, which provide more available nitrogen to increase the potential number of pegs and pods ... Read More »

Challenging Year In South Carolina

Hopes for good harvest weather were dashed with Hurricane Matthew The 2016 peanut harvest is under way in South Carolina and pests and weather have been the main issues affecting this year’s crop. The 2016 peanut harvest has started in some parts of the state with several growers who have started digging Virginia type varieties. Other growers will have to ... Read More »

Drone Rules Released

The Federal Aviation Administration recently published the operational parameters for small unmanned aircraft systems. In February 2015, the FAA released its proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which apply to all UAS weighing between .55 pounds and 55 pounds used for commercial purposes. After collecting and considering public comment, the FAA issued its final rules on June 21, 2016, ... Read More »