Planting Intentions

Although acreage increases of 20 to 25 percent have been talked about all winter, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service says that producers only intend to plant 1.48 million acres in 2015, up 9 percent from the previous year. A modest increase such as this would be most beneficial to producers and the market moving through ... Read More »

Ag Research And Technology Showcased

Sunbelt Ag Expo plans field day combining education and practicality. Looking for the latest and most pertinent agricultural research and technologies? Look no further than the Sunbelt Expo Field Day, scheduled for July 9, 2015, at the Darrell Williams Research Farm, located at the Expo Show Site. The goal of the Darrell Williams Research Farm is to provide farmers and ... Read More »

What’s Under That Canopy?

More scouting of fields is needed for effective insect management. By Amanda Huber With insect management in peanuts, there are a lot of “if, then” contingencies. If it is hot and dry, then expect to see more lesser cornstalk borer. If you use a pyrethroid in a field where two-spotted spider mite is present, then it usually makes the spider ... Read More »

Reducing Global Hunger

What role does the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab play toward this important goal? By Jamie Rhoads, Assistant Director, and Christy Fricks, Communication Specialist, Peanut Mycotoxin Innovation Lab Many peanut producers may be familiar with the Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program, Peanut CRSP, which has been managed by the University of Georgia since 1982. This program, funded by the U.S. ... Read More »

Spraying By The Numbers

Use information on pesticide labels to rotate herbicide ‘families.’ Herbicides are grouped according to family, such as triazines, and by the target site of action or mechanism of action, such as acetolactate synthase or ALS inhibitors. Herbicides within a family have similar chemical structures and, typically, the same site or mechanism of action (MOA). Knowing the chemical family and MOA ... Read More »

New Pest Protection Tools

Consider resistance-management options with these pesticide products. Pesticide options for 2015 include a new fungicide offering from Syngenta and an insecticide/nematicide combination product from Bayer CropScience. Included in this article is information about these new products and a few others that you may encounter for the first time this year. Additionally, a new class of chemistry has moved to the ... Read More »

Early Disease Control

Plus, research briefs on a new Spanish variety and a weed competition study. Producers have come to depend on disease resistance built into their peanut varieties, but that in no way lessens the attention that should be paid to all the factors that affect peanut yield. Besides variety selection, planting date, plant population, crop rotation, tillage and other factors can ... Read More »

Sod-Based Peanut Rotation

Here’s why we recommend the sod/livestock-based peanut/cotton rotation. By Jim Marois and David Wright, T. W. Katsvairo, and J. R. Rich, UF/IFAS NFREC Agronomy Research The past two decades have seen major changes in cultural practices in the peanut/cotton cropping systems. Among these changes are consolidation of farm units, increased irrigation, reductions in corn/soybean acreage, increases in cotton production and ... Read More »

2015 Production Tips

Four management reminders spring from issues encountered in the last crop. A real roller coaster of a year is how Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension agronomist, describes 2014. Hoping the coaster-ride is over and 2015 will be smooth sailing, some of the highs and lows from last year will affect production efforts this year. Shortened rotations, variety options, a ... Read More »

Quick Tips For Inoculant Use

Remember how important this one input is to a top-yielding crop. Inoculants are an essential input on peanuts. How often to apply an inoculant likely depends on each producers preference for making certain that fresh, viable, peanut-specific, nitrogen-fixing bacteria are in close proximity to the seed so that when germination occurs, the bacteria can readily enter the roots and begin ... Read More »