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Inoculant Guide 2017: Countdown to Success

Using the latest, most advanced science and technology to produce maximum yield and quality is the goal of peanut producers, university and Extension researchers and crop input companies. With an inoculant product, this means identifying the best and most active bacteria that will work quickly around the germinating seed to colonize roots and begin supplying nitrogen to the crop in ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide 2017: For Peanuts, Nature’s Way Is Best

Within each tiny peanut seed is the potential to produce a big healthy plant capable of setting hundreds of pegs per plant that become pods containing multiple kernels inside. Reaching that maximum yield potential is only possible by providing that seed with everything it needs to germinate quickly and grow vigorously from the start. One component added in-furrow with the ... Read More »

Inoculant Guide 2017: Using Inoculants Adds Up

Using an inoculant product every year is only meaningful if it can be shown in real numbers adding to the overall bottom line of the producer. While many researchers over the years have conducted trials to show the effectiveness of inoculants, North Carolina State University Extension agronomist David Jordan has an ongoing project to show peanut yield response and economic ... Read More »

2017: Runner-Type Varieties

Florida-07: This medium-to-late runner market-type peanut was released from the University of Florida in 2006. It has shown excellent yield potential with good grades. Seed are larger and, for this reason, gypsum is recommended for additional calcium. It has good-to-excellent resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), some white mold resistance and tolerance to leaf spot. Florida-07 has high-oleic oil ... Read More »

2017: Virginia-Type Varieties

Bailey: Released by NCSU, Bailey is a medium to large-seeded and high-yielding Virginia-type peanut. It has produced high yields across multiple years and locations, which is an indication of good tolerance to fluctuations of weather and growth conditions. Bailey has a growth habit intermediate between runner and bunch types, bright pods and tan kernel color. More importantly, it is resistant ... Read More »

The Cost Of Wild Hogs

Clemson study puts dollar figure on the damage caused by feral hogs. Feral hogs are a $115 million problem for the state’s agriculture, livestock and timber industries in South Carolina, according to a Clemson University study on landowners’ perceived damages from the invasive animals. This is the first time a comprehensive dollar figure has been attached to the ecological and ... Read More »

Leaf Spot In A Dry Year

Increased presence of disease shows susceptibility of varieties and weakening of fungicides. Georgia peanut growers experienced problematic leaf spot diseases this year because of susceptible varieties and weakening fungicide treatments, according to Albert Culbreath and Tim Brenneman, plant pathologists at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Brenneman says this year’s dry conditions should have set up an environment that was ... Read More »

USDA Responds To Market Downturn

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in mid-October that many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs would receive safety-net payments because of market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC ... Read More »

Data Drives Farm Decisions

Georgia’s Farmer of the Year, John McCormick, is known for using innovative production practices. All successful farmers have the curiosity of a scientist in them. For John McCormick, Georgia’s 2016 Farmer of the Year, that curiosity has helped make his farm one of the most successful in the state. Every year, McCormick devotes part of his 1,000-acre row-crop operation near ... Read More »

Crop Recap: Weather Weary Year

Drought leaves producers facing difficult decisions on dryland fields.  Weather conditions deteriorated during the latter part of the summer in Georgia and little rainfall was recorded at critical stages of the growing season. Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist, estimates that as much as one-third of Georgia’s dryland crop has produced very little. So little, in fact, that ... Read More »