Optimal Disease Environment

What will significant rainfall from Tropical Storm Colin mean for peanut disease? By Nicholas Dufault and Rebecca Barocco, UF-IFAS Dept. of Plant Pathology Now that Tropical Storm Colin has passed through parts of Florida traveling up the Eastern Seaboard leaving rainfall amounts up to 10 inches in its wake, we are well on our way to another wet June here ... Read More »

Seed Treatment Resistance In Thrips

University of Florida researchers study the resistance of tobacco thrips to  neonicotinoid seed treatments; additional insecticide applications may be needed. By Danielle Sprague and Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, IFAS Tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca, are seedling pests of peanut, soybean and cotton throughout the southern United States. Adults and larvae feed on the developing leaves, causing injury ... Read More »

Mid- To Late-Season Options: What’s available for weed control after early season herbicides dissipate?

By Peter Dotray and James Grichar, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Preplant and preemergence herbicides have likely done what they can, and new weed flushes are starting to emerge. Herbicides applied early postemergence that do not have soil activity may give way to new weed flushes as well. In other words, good early season weed control may need some attention because ... Read More »

What Has Changed With Propiconazole Use?

The European Food Safety Authority’s review of older products, such as propiconazole, found a lack of sufficient residue data in peanuts, other crops. What happens now? By Alan Henn, Extension Plant Pathologist, Mississippi State University Most peanut growers have received notification from their buying points not to use any fungicides containing propiconazole this year. This active ingredient is found in ... Read More »

Open for Business

With the most advanced technology, Premium Peanut will make data-based decisions. An estimated 550 peanut producers, industry members, local, state and national leaders and members of the local community convened on Barrington Road in Coffee County, Ga., in late April to celebrate the Grand Opening of Premium Peanut. Attendees enjoyed lunch, congratulatory remarks and tours of the plant. Georgia Governor ... Read More »

Protecting Profit from Pests

While work continues on developing economic thresholds for insect pests, scouting can pay dividends now. University of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying peanut crops, a first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate when it’s time to apply insecticide products. Currently, Abney and his team are focusing on the three-cornered ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

Is your irrigation scheduling method reliable or is it reducing yields?According to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, peanut producers intend to plant 1.48 million acres in 2016, down 9 percent from the previous year. The slight decrease coincides with a slight increase in planting intentions of acreage to corn and cotton. However, a rainy spring may mean the pendulum swings ... Read More »

Irrigation Management

Is your irrigation scheduling method reliable or is it reducing yields? By Amanda Huber The need to reduce costs in a time of down prices is easier said than done. What input can you possibly cut and still provide the crop what it needs, including protection from disease, insects and weed competition? According to Wes Porter, UGA Extension irrigation specialist, ... Read More »

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 »