Features

Benghal Dayflower

Changes in production schemes may cause a resurgence of this weed Benghal dayflower, also known as tropical spiderwort, is a weed that came on the row-crop production scene in the early 1990s. As production schemes changed, particularly with the use of different herbicides, producers found better control of this weed. Now, with yet another shift, it looks like this weed ... Read More »

Tropic Croton

Surveys indicate this is the third most troublesome weed in peanuts. By Eric P. Prostko and A. Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Professors and Extension Agronomists in Weed Science Recent surveys in Georgia show that tropic croton (Croton glandulosus var. septentrionalis) is the third most troublesome weed in peanuts and fifth most troublesome weed in cotton. The increase in its ... Read More »

A Wedge-Shaped Wonder

This long-named, small insect has risen to the status of key pest. Whether you abbreviate its name as TCAH or 3CAH, the threecornered alfalfa hopper continues to hop squarely on the level of key pest in at least some peanut fields each year. It is often the pest that triggers the first insecticide treatments and management decisions for TCAH are ... Read More »

Cowpea Aphid

Scout developing pegs to find this pest feeding By Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Entomologist, and Greg Esco, Certified Crop Advisor In 2012, cowpea aphids were observed feeding on large areas of peanut acres in a very sandy region of Florida, close to the Alabama border. There have been numerous other instances where cowpea aphids have been seen feeding on peanut pegs, ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

Not surprisingly after the huge crop of 2012 and the drop in prices, Planting Intentions as reported by producers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service are down considerably from last year. Based on the report, released at the end of March, growers intend to plant 1.19 million acres in 2013, down 27 percent from the ... Read More »

Strategic Disease Control Is Critical

The challenge to combat disease and maximize profits is on. Last year’s record crop has stocked the market with an ample supply and reduced 2013 contract prices. While the industry will need nearly one million acres planted to peanuts this year, growers must optimize production to capture needed returns and that likely means fine-tuning disease management programs. “Peanut growers will ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

Not surprisingly after the huge crop of 2012 and the drop in prices, Planting Intentions as reported by producers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service are down considerably from last year. Based on the report, released at the end of March, growers intend to plant 1.19 million acres in 2013, down 27 percent from the ... Read More »

Early Season Weed Control FAQs

As always, good management depends on proper application timing in relation to weed size. By Ramon Leon and Jason Ferrell, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Editor’s Note: Two University of Florida weed researchers offer answers to some frequently asked questions regarding yellow herbicide applications, timing and crop injury. Use these answers to guide your weed management ... Read More »

Making Gains in Mississippi

More producers are adding peanuts to their rotations as new marketing opportunities open up. By Susan Collins-Smith, Mississippi State University Ag Communications Mississippi producers expect peanuts to remain a strong commodity in the years to come with a steady demand globally and new marketing opportunities locally. “The demand for peanuts will stay in place because of global economics and population,” ... Read More »

Growing Peanuts One Drip At A Time

Texas producer, Mike Patterson, talks about his use of drip irrigation to make the most of available water. By Michael Harper, Texas Peanut Producers Board Communications Intern With water continuing to be an issue throughout the state and the Ogallala aquifer currently in decline, many farmers are turning to more efficient irrigation methods such as drip irrigation. One such farmer ... Read More »