Editor’s Note

A Real Game Changer

Last month’s announcement from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health, was a real game changer. Their new guidelines means that every pediatrician and children’s health care provider will be monitoring the early introduction of peanut products to infants in order to prevent the development of peanut allergy, and parents ... Read More »

‘Steady’ Is Welcome

Is there anyone with more faith than the farmer? He or she puts a tiny seed in the ground and expects big things to come. Last year, there were millions of kernels in warehouses and millions more going into the ground, and yet if domestic usage holds steady and exports continue, there could be a shortfall before the next crop ... Read More »

No. 1 Requested Product

By now you all know that one good thing to come of the industry’s recovery from salmonella-tainted peanut butter was Peanut Proud. This charitable organization works with state grower organizations and non-profit food relief charities to respond to natural disasters by supplying peanut butter and peanut products and in other times to simply stock the shelves of food banks throughout ... Read More »

Modernization is Coming

This year in the peanut industry isn’t shaping up at all like I thought it would. And that’s a good thing. With peanut warehouses busting at the seams from last harvest, but no alternatively priced crop to steal peanuts’ thunder, I thought another big year might be the death knell for the peanut world. I didn’t stop to think that ... Read More »

Reasons For Optimism

Warehouses are full. Prices are low, and prices of other commodities are even lower. Inputs are not lower, except maybe fuel, and now the European Union is dictating what products can be used on peanut, that is if you could possibly be sending your product overseas to one of their ports. With all of this, is there any reason to ... Read More »

More Than A Safety Tip

I read with sadness a few weeks ago about a farmer in South Carolina who was killed when he raised his spray boom up and touched a power line. It wasn’t until he tried to get off his tractor that he was electrocuted. I’ve been around farming long enough to know it is a very dangerous occupation, but it’s doubly ... Read More »

An Uphill Climb

For decades, Thimet has provided peanut farmers consistent, reliable thrips control under variable weather conditions. With new products continually being introduced, recent research shows Thimet is still the product that provides consistent control of thrips, aiding in additional yield with a positive return on investment. Based on independent, academic research conducted by scientists at multiple universities during the summer of ... Read More »

Reasons To Throttle Back

Let me fess up that my message today falls squarely under the heading of “the pot calling the kettle black.” Why? In several meetings and field days recently, I have heard Extension agents and specialists tell producers they need to slow down when spraying pest products in peanuts and all other crops. Yep, me telling someone they need to slow ... Read More »

An Uphill Climb

At the South Carolina peanut production meeting in late January, several speakers noted that domestic demand is growing only slightly at present and is not growing nearly enough to make a dent in the mountain of peanuts from 2015. In talking about what the National Peanut Board is doing to help spur demand, Ryan Lepicier, NPB senior vice president of ... Read More »

A Fun Look Back

On one wall of my office, shelves run the length of the wall. On one shelf are boxes holding past issues of The Peanut Grower with one box holding about two-year’s worth. As I was keying in the yield data for the 2016 variety guide, with most numbers starting with 5s and 6s, and even some 7s, I thought of ... Read More »