Farm Economy Survival Tips

Commodity price trends mean tighter operating budgets for farmers. Low commodity prices and declining credit availability are impeding cash flow for Georgia farmers, said University of Georgia agricultural economist Brady Brewer. Brewer, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, suggests farmers do an extensive self-evaluation of their farming ... Read More »

Gypsum Use And Timing

A variety of gypsum sources and application methods gives producers options. By Amanda Huber Gypsum, or calcium sulfate, products are available from many sources and can be purchased based on price, availability and spreadability. It used to only be available in the granular form mined out of Canada or a by-product of fertilizer mining in Florida. Now, there are “wet ... Read More »

Incorporating S-metolachlor

Follow these recommendations to properly activate this herbicide with irrigation. By J. Ferrell and R. Leon, University of Florida Weed Scientists Herbicide-resistant weeds have changed how we design our weed management programs. To combat these weeds, we are increasingly returning to soil-applied herbicides. However, a soil-applied herbicide has to be mixed in the soil, or activated, to be effective. If ... Read More »

NPBPA Convention Recap

Speakers from the buying point convention offer some thoughts on the 2016 season. The National Peanut Buying Points Association, representing more than 400 peanut buying locations, held their annual convention in February at the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The following is a recap of some of the presentations made at the convention. Make Data-Based Decisions Karl Zimmer, CEO ... Read More »

Arkansas On The Increase

As producers plant more peanut acreage, they are encouraged to start with sustainability in mind. By Ryan McGeeney, U of A System Division of Agriculture Peanut production in the Arkansas Delta is expected to continue moderate growth over 2015 numbers, say experts and growers. After being recognized as a major peanut-producing state by the National Peanut Board in 2014, production ... Read More »

Is Sicklepod Next

University of Georgia weed scientists are looking at the possibility of herbicide-resistant sicklepod. By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences The possibility of sicklepod weed becoming resistant to herbicides is a potential concern for  Georgia peanut farmers, says Eric Protsko, a weed scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Sicklepod ... Read More »

Heirloom Peanut Makes Comeback

Clemson researcher revives the South’s ancestral peanut and finds a market for the distinctive taste in Charleston’s restaurants. Clemson University researcher Brian Ward has revived the South’s ancestral peanut, successfully germinating nearly 1 million Carolina African runner seeds from just 20. The heirloom crop offers a niche, but valuable product, for South Carolina growers and restaurants. Last year’s heavy rains ... Read More »

Part Of The Plan

Consider variety selection, resistance management and product placement in your efforts to combat disease. By Amanda Huber What disease management lessons from 2015 can producers take into 2016? Two issues from last year involving leaf spot and white mold offer precautions for disease management this year. In the case of leaf spot, Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist, ... Read More »

Small, But Meaningful

Micronutrients can become a limiting factor to achieving good yields. By Amanda Huber Now that producers have a good handle on the primary and secondary nutrient needs of peanut, soil scientists have shifted focus slightly to include work on micronutrients. When producers think of the essential plant nutrients, it is the primary nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that come ... Read More »

2016 Market Situation

The piles of peanuts in warehouses waiting to be shelled means there’s no pot of gold to be found in the market this year. By Amanda Huber For the most part, most everyone in the peanut industry thought the Farm Bill was going to be fairly good for all. It continued a peanut program, and producers worked out what would ... Read More »