Features

NPRL Celebrates 50 Years

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It was a star-studded event at the National Peanut Research Laboratory’s 50-year celebration. Guest speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-Ga) and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the USDA Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service. Also speaking at the event was American Peanut Sheller Association President Karl Zimmer, and peanut producers Donald Chase and Casey Cox. Finally, ... Read More »

2020 Disease Risk Index

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Changes to Peanut Rx can be found in varieties and at-plant insecticides. Losses to tomato spotted wilt continue to grow across the Southeastern region reaching an estimated 7% in 2019 and double the estimated losses from 2018. Although the reasons for the increased losses in 2019 are not fully understood, it is possible that the warmer spring favored an increase ... Read More »

On-Farm Nematode Trials

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The nematode-resistant cultivar, TifNV High O/L, is compared to the nematicide Velum Total. Root-knot nematodes are one of the most prevalent and damaging pests in peanut production in the Southeast. Crop rotation, use of resistant cultivars and nematicide applications are the primary strategies for managing root-knot nematodes. Recently, a new root-knot nematode resistant peanut cultivar, TifNV High O/L, was released ... Read More »

Southern Cover Crops Council

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Group works to double cover crop acreage. Need help deciding which cover crop to plant? What crops match the goals you are trying to achieve in your fields between production seasons? A new resource is available to help producers with these decisions. The Southern Cover Crops Council was formed in July 2017. The group includes farmers, university researchers, Extension specialists, ... Read More »

Planning for 2020

Tillage systems, twin rows and seeding rates are topics to consider before next planting season. North Carolina Extension peanut specialist David Jordan answers planting-related questions producers may be thinking about over the winter. Q Should I transition my planting pattern to twin rows? A My standard answer is that single rows and twin rows will perform about the same on ... Read More »

50 years of service

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Well-deserved recognition is in order for the National Peanut Research Laboratory. • By Amanda Huber • Today’s farmers continue to reap the benefits sown by a group of forward-thinking peanut leaders in the late 1950s. That’s when the idea for a laboratory dedicated to research on peanuts and peanut processing was born. “We are the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture ... Read More »

Proactive herbicide resistance management

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A proactive approach using diverse weed-control tactics is the most effective way to manage herbicide resistance. Early detection leads to easier management and decreases the potential spread of the resistant biotype. Unfortunately, because resistant plants and susceptible plants look alike, resistance often is not detected until the resistant biotype has spread to 30% or more of the field and perhaps ... Read More »

Help with hurricane mitigation

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Industry experts are writing guidelines to help producers plan for and recover from hurricanes. • By Amanda Huber • Hurricanes and tropical storms produce a multitude of impacts ranging from damaging winds, inland flooding, coastal surges and sometimes an isolated tornado. Coming across the Atlantic or up from the Caribbean, the first place hurricanes and tropical storms often hit are ... Read More »