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Peanut Proud Presentation

On behalf of The Peanut Grower and sponsors of the anniversary issue, a check is presented at the annual festival. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of The Peanut Grower magazine in November 2013, One Grower Publishing chose to donate a percentage of all of the congratulatory ad revenue to Peanut Proud, the peanut industry’s non-profit humanitarian organization that provides aid ... Read More »

Disaster Assistance Programs Restored By Farm Bill

USDA announces sign-up period at FSA offices. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Years Of Waiting “We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. ... Read More »

Nematode Management Tips

Peanut root-knot nematodes are frequently under-managed either because the symptoms are not recognized or because growers are reluctant to take the steps needed to ensure adequate control. The following are steps producers can take to reduce root-knot nematode damage in peanut fields. Rotate with a crop such as cotton, which is not a host for peanut root-knot nematode. This is ... Read More »

Get A Jump On Disease

Counting the days to start a disease management program may give the disease a good head start. Climate and past history are two factors producers can use to help predict potential disease problems for the coming season. While the spring climate is still coming into view, field history is something producers know at the end of the last crop. As ... Read More »

Good Planting Practices

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Peanuts are a food ingredient from planting until consumption. Because of this, producers should always keep food safety in mind when getting this edible crop from the ground and to the next link in the processing chain. Planting is a good time to be reminded of some good agricultural practices producers should follow to help supply a safe, quality crop. ... Read More »

New Herbicide Available

Warrant now labeled for use in peanuts; early postemergence application recommended. Peanut growers looking to control their fields’ toughest weeds – including Palmer pigweed, waterhemp, lambsquarters, giant foxtail and nightshade, among other small-seeded broadleaf weeds and grasses – have yet another tool for the 2014 growing season. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved Warrant herbicide for use in peanuts. ... Read More »

Water Management At Planting

A uniform stand and herbicide activation are two goals of good water management from the start. The abundant rains of last year and through the winter should not be expected to continue, and producers should be ever mindful of the importance of using what water is available wisely. While the critical water-use period for peanuts is from 40 to 110 ... Read More »

American Grown Popularity Expands

When buyers have the opportunity to see safety and quality firsthand,  it usually leads to more purchases. For years, America has dubbed the peanut our favorite nut. But how is it spreading in popularity across the globe? Great taste alone does not account for increased demand. Organizations such as the Texas Peanut Producers Board, American Peanut Council and others work ... Read More »

2014 Variety Guide

Variety selection is likely the single most important decision you can make all year. Newer varieties have resistance to multiple diseases, but the best variety choice remains those 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 ... Read More »

New Resource For Pesticide Information

By Wayne Buhler, Assistant Department Head and Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) website, found at www.pesticidestewardship.org, is a resource for information on proper pesticide handling and environmental stewardship. The site is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores or disposes of pesticides; provides advice or training on pesticide use; or ... Read More »