Features

Southeast Climate Outlook

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What to expect for the rest of this growing season and into the fall harvest period. • By Pam Knox, University Of Georgia Weather Network And Agricultural Climatologist • Now that June 1 has passed, we are in climatological summer and also in the official Atlantic tropical season. What can we expect for the rest of this growing season and ... Read More »

Soil Moisture Sensor Q & A

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Increase water-use efficiency with the aid of sensors for irrigation scheduling. • By Michael T. Plumblee, Clemson University Precision Agriculture Extension Specialist • Water is needed for the plant to grow, and for peanuts specifically, it is needed to move calcium from land plaster into the pegging zone and then into pods. It also improves the effectiveness of pesticides, such ... Read More »

Unlocking Pigweed

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Have plant geneticists found the key to Palmer amaranth’s glyphosate resistance? Just hearing “pigweed” can cause fear in row-crop farmers, but Clemson University geneticist Chris Saski and other researchers believe they have discovered the armor this dreaded weed uses to protect itself against glyphosate herbicide. According to researchers, a specific genetic feature — the extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) replicon — ... Read More »

Virtually There

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Industry groups adjust to meeting online, hope for added participation. • By Amanda Huber • ‘‘The show must go on!” This was the cry of the circus ringmaster in his fancy coat and top hat to the crowd of spectators. Performing with live animals or carrying out daring acrobatics high above the big top often led to mishaps briefly stopping ... Read More »

Albert Culbreath Honored For Research Contributions

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A well-known scientist in the peanut industry, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research pathologist Albert Culbreath has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. The society grants this honor to members in acknowledgement of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the APS. The Fellow recognition is based on significant contributions in original research, ... Read More »

White Mold Warning

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Favorable weather could signal an earlier onset of fungal disease. • By Amanda Huber • It was the second warmest March on record across the globe according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the Southeast, the area was classified as much warmer than average. By April, conditions were still warm, and Pam Knox posted on the University of ... Read More »

Rootworm On The Rise

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This damaging pest is typically found in heavier-textured soils with more moisture. • By Amanda Huber • The southern corn rootworm is an emerging insect pest in Georgia, according to University of Georgia Extension entomologist Mark Abney. The adult stage, the spotted cucumber beetle, is easily identified. The immature stage is not and may go undetected until peanuts are graded ... Read More »

Know The Impact Of Your Decisions

peanut risk management tool

Use the Peanut Risk Management Tool to see how various production practices affect pest response. Record management choices and outcomes in the Field Log. • By Amanda Huber • A practical, easy-to-use management tool for Virginia-type peanut growers is available through the North Carolina State University Extension peanut website under the menu selection “Peanut Risk Tool and Field Log.” Download ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

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The year started with dire warnings about an increase in virus — tomato spotted wilt virus. “Last year, TSWV made a comeback in Southeastern peanuts after a 10-year hiatus,” says Barry Tillman, University of Florida peanut breeder, in a recent blog post. “The last time we had appreciable spotted wilt in peanuts at the UF-IFAS research station in Marianna was ... Read More »

Start Clean, Stay Clean

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Planting into a weed-free field, applying residual herbicides and knocking back that first weed flush reduces competition and yield loss. • By Amanda Huber • A big part of getting the crop off to a good start is managing weeds. The key is planting into a clean field and then applying preemergence herbicides as quickly as possible behind the planter. ... Read More »