Rain Chances Drive Harvest

Weather threatens crop yields in the East, while the West starts harvest with a month of good  field conditions. By Amanda Huber With a crop that was good in many areas, fair in others most of the season, the weather at harvest reminds us of the first line of the old Whitney Houston song, “Didn’t We Almost Have It ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide: The Potential for Top Yields

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One small peanut seed contains all of the potential for a top-yielding crop of healthy, delicious and nutritious peanuts. However, planting the seed is not enough to achieve all of that potential. Producers must make sound planting decisions prior to putting the seed in the ground. At planting, the seed must be surrounded with inputs that allow for quick, uniform ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide: Q & A

Q. What is the benefit of using an inoculant? A. As a legume crop, peanuts can supply their own nitrogen, but only if rhizobia bacterium is available in the root zone and in close proximity to the emerging seedling to enter into the root and begin fixing atmospheric nitrogen. To do this successfully, there must be a sufficient quantity of ... Read More »

Going With The Flow

Now with two rotors, the Colombo peanut combine offers the potential to harvest more acres of whole, clean peanuts. Colombo North America came on the U.S. peanut landscape nearly 10 years ago. Since then, their axial-flow combines garnered the attention of producers for its different way of accomplishing the task of picking peanuts. Recently, Colombo NA changed from an Advanced ... Read More »

Assessing Pod Problems

Some disease and insect problems can only be found at digging. Editor’s Note: Pod rot and burrower bug symptoms can really only be found after peanuts are dug. Taking an assessment of any disease or insect symptomology will help with subsequent crops. In the case of burrower bug, knowing it was found in a field will help entomologists assess the ... Read More »

Using Crop Oil Adjuvants

Product labels offer two rate recommendations. Which should you use? By J. Ferrell and R. Leon, University of Florida, and E. Prostko, University of Georgia Acrop oil adjuvant is an essential part of many herbicide applications. When conditions are dry or the weed is a “hard to control” species, a crop oil can often boost herbicide activity. However, when looking ... Read More »

Breaking Down Resistance

Sharing knowledge and experience will help on the frontlines of resistance management. A group of agricultural advisers are leading the charge against resistance. Syngenta founded the Resistance Fighter of the Year Leadership Program in 2009 to recognize agricultural advisers for their foresight into the threat herbicide resistance poses to agriculture and their drive to implement proactive techniques to manage that ... Read More »

Prepare For Harvest Success

Know how to prepare equipment and keep it in top form for maximum harvest efficiency. Use the following checklists provided by Kelley Manufacturing Co. to prepare inverters for digging and combines for harvest before the season starts. Use the list of in-field adjustments to dial in equipment for your field conditions, and use the factors that result in peanut loss ... Read More »

A Growing Commitment

Mars Chocolate reached a sustainability milestone and works to increase production of high-oleic varieties. By Amanda Huber Mars Chocolate reached a significant benchmark last year in ensuring the sustainability of edible peanuts for their consumers, a benchmark that had a lot to do with peanut producers. In 2014, 51 percent of the peanuts used for the company’s U.S. products were ... Read More »

Irrigation Scheduling

In a comparison of five scheduling methods in four varieties, which method worked best? The weather can never be predicted, but has a huge impact on crop production and final yield. So, we must adapt to changing conditions and manage our crop to adapt to these conditions. 2014 was a prime example of variable weather conditions with a very wet ... Read More »