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Peanut Disease Identification

Click on any image for a larger view. SCLEROTINIA BLIGHT Sclerotinia blight’s initial symptom includes a rapid wilting or flagging of the tips of infected branches. Initially, lesions are small, light green and water-soaked. As the disease develops, the lesions turn light brown, elongate and appear sunken. Older lesions may be dark brown with a distinct border between diseased and ... Read More »

Don’t Dismiss TSWV

Producers are urged not to become complacent with spotted wilt. University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist, Bob Kemerait, is urging Georgia producers to plant a month later in 2015 to keep the threat of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) at bay. In the late 1990s, spotted wilt caused widespread damage, and peanut yields suffered. Kemerait worries that growers have become ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide

Sponsored by BASF We are pleased to to be able to to continue to sponsor this helpful and informative peanut product guide. Our goal is to help you achieve more yield per acre. One of the best ways to do this is to supply you with fresh inoculant each growing season. Read More »

Farmer of the Year

South Georgia peanut farmer, Philip Grimes, is named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. South Georgia farmer Philip Grimes, who was nominated by former University of Georgia Extension agent Brian Tankersley, was selected as the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year in mid-October at the Expo. He credited his success in the field to the UGA ... Read More »

Farm Bill Update

Producers have decisions to make regarding program coverage. As peanut harvest got underway, USDA unveiled some of the new programs available to producers through enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill. Those programs are said to help producers better manage risk and provide the safety net needed in the agriculture business. “Farming is one of the riskiest businesses in the world,” ... Read More »

Sustainable Production Practices

Employ those strategies that take a long-term view of the farm. Sustainability means different things to different people. It can also be different depending on what aspect of production agriculture you are talking about. At the last Southern Peanut Growers Conference, following their theme of sustainability, Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist, gave a presentation on sustainable disease ... Read More »

Unlocking The Genetic Code

In reporting on their success, the International Peanut Genome Initiative has released the first peanut genome sequences. The International Peanut Genome Initiative (IPGI) – a multinational group of crop geneticists working in cooperation for several years – has successfully sequenced the genome of the peanut. The new peanut genome sequence will be available to researchers and plant breeders across the ... Read More »

Maintain Propane Equipment

Service propane-powered equipment such as irrigation engines, generators and pickup trucks to ensure good performance. As farmers gear up for planting season, now is the best time to ready equipment following a harsh winter. Maintenance early in the season lowers overall upkeep costs and keeps systems operating smoothly and efficiently. More than 865,000 farms in the United States use propane ... Read More »

Protect Your Yield

Be ready as conditions in 2014 may favor the return of foliage feeders. As the saying goes, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. However, you can probably add to that at least some level of pressure from worms in your peanut field at some point during the season. Will the hungry Lepidopterans, armyworms, bollworms/earworms, budworms, cutworms and ... Read More »

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 »