Minimize Thrips, TSWV

Incidence of spotted wilt is on the increase; take steps to reduce thrips pressure and risk to this disease. In the early days of ESPN’s SportsCenter, the anchors developed clever catch phrases to connect with the audience. One of those anchors, Dan Patrick, would inevitably say at least once during a broadcast, “You can’t stop him; you can only hope ... Read More »

Peanut Proud Delivers

The industry rallies to aid those in need. Peanut Proud didn’t have far to travel with their disaster response to recent storms as it was neighbors in Southwest Georgia and Mississippi who were hit by severe weather two consecutive weeks in January. Even Southern Ag Carriers, who has transported peanut butter donations to other places, was ravaged by the storms, ... Read More »

Will The Warm Winter Produce More Disease?

Regrowth of winter host plants create a haven for disease pathogens and nematode populations. A La Niña weather pattern is providing warmer winter temperatures for Georgia residents, sparking farmers’ concerns about potential plant diseases at the start of production season in early spring. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait says that farmers rely on extreme cold and ... Read More »

One for the Books

Enjoy the current market position, but remember a Farm Bill and trade agreements are needed. By Amanda Huber Plain and simple, there were not enough peanuts produced in 2016. But that’s what we know in hindsight. At planting, producers were cautioned not to plant too many peanuts and, for certain, don’t plant without knowing where those peanuts were going to ... Read More »

When In Drought, Don’t Forget To Scout

Insect populations fluctuate greatly with temperature and moisture. Year 2016 was an interesting one that started with a very wet spring followed by a drought starting in June with a dramatic reduction in precipitation that lasted five months. Looking at climate data from Clanton, Ala., as an example of what happened last year, after the last big rain event in ... Read More »

Putting Robots To Work In The Field

A 30 percent population increase necessitates the use of robotics in food production research. It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combines, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a ... Read More »

Peanut Variety Guide 2017

TThe best variety choice is one that will achieve a rapid, uniform stand and provide good yields and grades over a wide range of growing conditions. With so many varieties to choose from, careful consideration should go into this part of your planting decision. Study the variety descriptions and the trial data, and choose a variety or varieties that best ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide 2017: Quick Tips

Jason Sarver, Mississippi State University Extension agronomist, says the proper use of inoculants has been especially important in his state  because of the increase in peanut acreage. As Sarver notes, any new ground or ground out of production for four or more years should always receive an inoculant application. “An inoculant should be used if peanut is being planted in ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide 2017: For Peanuts, Nature’s Way Is Best

Within each tiny peanut seed is the potential to produce a big healthy plant capable of setting hundreds of pegs per plant that become pods containing multiple kernels inside. Reaching that maximum yield potential is only possible by providing that seed with everything it needs to germinate quickly and grow vigorously from the start. One component added in-furrow with the ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide 2017: Countdown to Success

Using the latest, most advanced science and technology to produce maximum yield and quality is the goal of peanut producers, university and Extension researchers and crop input companies. With an inoculant product, this means identifying the best and most active bacteria that will work quickly around the germinating seed to colonize roots and begin supplying nitrogen to the crop in ... Read More »