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Impact Of Rotation On Yield

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Root-knot nematode is one pest affected by rotation out of peanut. Farmers may have more success growing peanuts if they don’t continuously plant peanuts in the same field, according to Scott Tubbs, University of Georgia Tifton campus’s research cropping system agronomist for peanuts. Tubbs has studied the impact of peanut rotation since 2008. Instead of growing peanuts in a field ... Read More »

Using A Plant Growth Regulator

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Make decisions on an individual field basis, weighing the cost against potential benefits. • By Amanda Huber • Plant growth regulators are used more extensively in other crops, such as cotton. But what about using a plant growth regulator in peanuts? Are there conditions in which a plant growth regulator could be used? What would be the effect? Read More »

Two Herbicide Options For Dryland Production

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Plus Zidua offers a residual postemergence herbicide with the benefit of a reduced rate. • By Amanda Huber • When it comes to weed control in peanuts, producers have a few options. In the past couple of years, Steve Li, Alabama Cooperative Extension weed specialist, has conducted weed Read More »

Planting Intentions

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According to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, U.S. peanut growers intend to plant 1.54 million acres in 2018, down 18 percent from 2017. USDA reported that the expectation of higher prices for competing commodities is contributing to the expected decrease in peanut acres compared with last year. Read More »

Economically Important Arthropod Pests

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Insects and mites can cause severe economic loss, but not every field will be infested with damaging populations every year. Pest species also vary from year to year and field to field within a year. Understanding the risk factors that contribute to pest outbreaks and weekly scouting are the foundations of successful insect management. Read More »

Late, But Ever Present

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Foliar disease has shifted from early to late leaf spot, and fungicide shortages will mean a change in management plans.  • By Amanda Huber  • Climate conditions, coupled with continued shorter rotations, put peanuts square in the cross hairs significant for leaf spot disease in 2017. Read More »

Four Keys To Success

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The relationship between peanut yield and insect management is complicated.  • By Amanda Huber • University of Georgia Extension entomologist Mark Abney offers four keys to successful insect management in 2018. Read More »

It’s A Trade Off

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Producers must weigh the reward of weed control with the risk of herbicide injury.  • By Amanda Huber  • The phone started ringing off the hook around the middle of May, says Eric Prostko, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist. Herbicide injury was one of the early suggestions as to crop problems last season, but for the peanut team weed science man ... Read More »

Crop Report By States

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At the recent National Peanut Buying Points meeting, University of Georgia Extension specialist Scott Monfort offered the following reports from his counterparts throughout the peanut belt. Besides highlighting last year’s acreage, yield and conditions, the specialists also offered projections for 2018. Read More »

Changes May Be On The Horizon, But For Now An Oversupply Makes For A Stagnant Market

By Amanda Huber — Despite the fact that Congress passed a budget agreement and disaster aid package that eliminates generic base, it doesn’t negate the fact that there is an oversupply of peanuts going into the 2018 planting season. Dell Cotton, Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Association, and Nathan Smith, Clemson University Extension ag economist, offer a more complete look at ... Read More »