Features

Torpedograss Slowly Attacking the Panhandle

torpedograss

Tordpedograss (Panicum reopens) is one of the most concerning weeds in Florida, and has become a significant weed problem in the Panhandle. This weed’s favorite habitat is in or near ponds and ditches, but will spread across lawns, turf fields, and pastures. A native grass of both Africa and Asia, torpedograss was introduced through seed in the U.S in the ... Read More »

Caterpillars in August Peanuts

velvetbean caterpillar

Velvetbean caterpillars (VBC) have arrived in large numbers in some Georgia peanut fields over the past couple weeks. Peanuts that are 70 to 90 days after planting are likely to be at greatest risk for yield loss from defoliation; the risk is even greater in fields that are drought stressed. VBCs have voracious appetites and can completely defoliate peanuts if ... Read More »

Set Up For Better Digging

virginia peanut harvest

Dialing in both the ground and conveyor speed will help minimize lost pods. • By Amanda Huber • As many Extension specialists and agents will tell you, more revenue can be made or lost during digging than any other aspect of peanut production from seedbed preparation to combining. That’s why digger setup and operation, along with proper timing, is a critical ... Read More »

Water-Saving Upgrades

irrigation pro

Irrigator Pro, now available as a mobile-device app, helps farmers enhance water conservation and on-farm efficiency. Is water the new gold? When you consider that about 1 percent of the Earth’s water supply is available for human use, coupled with a growing global population, the comparison makes sense. Across the United States and beyond, farmers are looking for innovative ways ... Read More »

BOLO: Disease Pressure

aspergillus crown rot

Weather patterns are part of what dictates the possible pathogens to look for. Early hot, dry weather created conditions that favored both Aspergillus crown rot and lesser cornstalk borers says Clemson Extension peanut specialist Dan Anco. Unfortunately, on the Aspergillus crown rot, the recommendations are to plant good quality, treated seed and include an in-furrow fungicide. After planting, and once ... Read More »

Monitoring At Mid-Season

peanut nodulation

Scouting is the best way to find problems before it is too late. • By Amanda Huber • Rainfall or irrigation is needed in peanut production for many reasons, including activation of pest products. With the lack of moisture in the early season, pests preferring hot, dry conditions, such as lesser cornstalk borer, were able to establish significant populations. “Lesser cornstalk ... Read More »

New Buying Points In Arkansas

arkansas peanuts

A jump in peanut acreage is expected thanks to this new infrastructure. Arkansas may soon see its biggest year in peanut production since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking the crop in the state in 2015 as growers respond to anticipated new buying points and a shelling facility within the next year. Travis Faske, Extension plant pathologist and peanut ... Read More »

Critical Period Of Weed Control

palmer pigweed

Keep the crop clean through the first weeks to maintain peanut yield. Weed management is truly a year-round process. It may begin in planning before the crop is planted, but it really never ends. The harvesting of the crop may only signal the start of field record keeping, where weed problems and successes are documented. Since this is the start ... Read More »

Sting Nematode

pages of chlorosis caused by nematodes

How to recognize and manage this microscopic predator. By Zane Grabau, University of Florida, Extension Nematologist and Assistant Professor Most agriculture professionals recognize that plant-parasitic nematodes can drag down peanut yield. In the Southeast, peanut nematodes are often assumed to be peanut root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne arenaria and Meloidogyne javanica) because they are widespread, highly damaging and their symptoms are relatively ... Read More »

Tropical Spiderwort

tropical spiderwort

Every now and then, this weed emerges to remind producers it can be quite a formidable foe. Tropical spiderwort, also called Benghal dayflower, is a weed that came on the row-crop production scene in the early 1990s and continues to crop up from time to time. Although Palmer amaranth became the weed garnering most of the attention in the last ... Read More »