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Auburn, NPRL Release First Variety

The new high-oleic, runner-type cultivar is well-adapted for Southeast growing conditions. Auburn University might be relatively new to the peanut breeding business, but its just-released runner peanut variety is already winning accolades for its high yields, resistance to disease and healthy traits. The new release—AU-NPL 17—is the product of a peanut breeding program operated jointly by the College of Agriculture’s ... Read More »

Lack of cold weather means more nematodes, possibility of seedling disease.

Is Crop Production Moving Toward ‘Stacked Resistance?’  Growers urged to stop replacing one herbicide with another. Finding ways to halt the “resistance treadmill” was a key message from weed scientists at the recent Pigposium III, an event hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture focused on herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth. About 300 producers, Extension agents, consultants and members ... Read More »

Lack of cold weather means more nematodes, possibility of seedling disease.

Is Crop Production Moving Toward ‘Stacked Resistance?’  Growers urged to stop replacing one herbicide with another. Finding ways to halt the “resistance treadmill” was a key message from weed scientists at the recent Pigposium III, an event hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture focused on herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth. About 300 producers, Extension agents, consultants and members ... Read More »

Lack of cold weather means more nematodes, possibility of seedling disease.

By Amanda Huber Winter? What winter? That was the collective thought for most of December and January, with February turning off just plain hot. The cold spell in mid-March was the most consecutive days of below-freezing temperatures that the Southern states had seen all winter. While another frost could happen in April, the warm weather has University of Georgia plant ... Read More »

Minimize Thrips, TSWV

Incidence of spotted wilt is on the increase; take steps to reduce thrips pressure and risk to this disease. In the early days of ESPN’s SportsCenter, the anchors developed clever catch phrases to connect with the audience. One of those anchors, Dan Patrick, would inevitably say at least once during a broadcast, “You can’t stop him; you can only hope ... Read More »

Peanut Proud Delivers

The industry rallies to aid those in need. Peanut Proud didn’t have far to travel with their disaster response to recent storms as it was neighbors in Southwest Georgia and Mississippi who were hit by severe weather two consecutive weeks in January. Even Southern Ag Carriers, who has transported peanut butter donations to other places, was ravaged by the storms, ... Read More »

Will The Warm Winter Produce More Disease?

Regrowth of winter host plants create a haven for disease pathogens and nematode populations. A La Niña weather pattern is providing warmer winter temperatures for Georgia residents, sparking farmers’ concerns about potential plant diseases at the start of production season in early spring. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait says that farmers rely on extreme cold and ... Read More »

One for the Books

Enjoy the current market position, but remember a Farm Bill and trade agreements are needed. By Amanda Huber Plain and simple, there were not enough peanuts produced in 2016. But that’s what we know in hindsight. At planting, producers were cautioned not to plant too many peanuts and, for certain, don’t plant without knowing where those peanuts were going to ... Read More »

When In Drought, Don’t Forget To Scout

Insect populations fluctuate greatly with temperature and moisture. Year 2016 was an interesting one that started with a very wet spring followed by a drought starting in June with a dramatic reduction in precipitation that lasted five months. Looking at climate data from Clanton, Ala., as an example of what happened last year, after the last big rain event in ... Read More »

Putting Robots To Work In The Field

A 30 percent population increase necessitates the use of robotics in food production research. It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combines, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population. At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a ... Read More »