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The peanut industry once again comes to the aid of those in need. By Amanda Huber The catchy lyrics of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous musical belie what the wind can really do on the Oklahoma plains. For a few days in late May, the wind spun a record-breaking path of destruction near Shawnee and in Moore, Okla. Tornadoes did more ... Read More »

Interesting Harvest Results

Peanuts will often do well if given the time to fully develop and then dug in a timely manner. By David Jordan, Extension Agronomist, North Carolina State University Peanuts are one of the most resilient crops grown in the United States and around the world. While there are some predictable characteristics of peanut in terms of maturity and its impact ... Read More »

Pest Alert: High Three-Cornered Alfalfa Hopper Activity

From Ayanava Majumdar Extension Entomologist, Auburn University Based on samples collected from peanut research plots in Headland and Fairhope, Ala., three-cornered alfalfa hopper (TCAH) adults can be found in significant numbers. TCAH are one-quarter inch long insects that overwinter as adults or in the egg stage. These insects are native to the United States and they have a very wide ... Read More »

2013 Crop: What To Watch For

Weather conditions drive production practices offering producers a variety of issues to focus on. By Amanda Huber As in many areas of the peanut belt, Maria Balota, assistant professor of crop physiology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Area Research Center, says that Virginia farmers planted later this year in comparison to the norm because of excessive rain. In fact, in ... Read More »

Farm Bill Update

Will 2013 be the year a five-year Farm Bill is passed? In mid-May, work began on the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 with a mark up by the Senate Ag Committee and a full hearing of the House Ag Committee. The newly drafted Senate Farm Bill includes rules and regulations similar to the House’s Farm Bill as ... Read More »

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 »