Features

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 »

Don’t Let Up

Use an integrated approach to managing Palmer amaranth and aim to start clean. by Amanda Huber Remember watching scary movies as a kid, and whenever the main character clobbered the monster and got the better of it, what happened? They always turned to run away. What did the monster do? It got right back up to terrorize some more. It ... Read More »

New Recommendation: Spray Earlier

University of Georgia researchers say a banded application at 30 days after planting makes a season-long difference in white mold control by Amanda Huber The yield potential of newer cultivars is well established, especially after a new record average yield in 2012 of 4,192 pounds per acre. That’s the upside. Producers, Extension personnel and researchers are now realizing that the ... Read More »

New Seed Treatment: CruiserMaxx Peanuts

This product combines an insecticide and fungicide for maximum protection. For protection of the peanut crop beginning with the seed going into the ground, producers have always relied on seed treatments. Now, Syngenta Crop Protection is offering CruiserMaxx Peanuts, the first seed treatment with both an insecticide and fungicide for maximum protection. CruiserMaxx Peanuts offers growers convenient, seed-delivered protection in ... Read More »

In The Shadow Of 2012

Who is buying peanuts as fast as they can be shelled? Unbelievable, warehouse buster, tidal wave, record breaker – these are just some of the words being used to describe the 2012 crop by economists and industry market watchers. This crop didn’t just break records; it destroyed records by a wide margin. The up-and-down nature of the peanut market for ... Read More »

2013 Variety Guide

Peanut varieties of today have resistance to multiple diseases and can usually yield well even under disease pressure. Because of this resistance, producers are encouraged to plant in April once again in order to make sure the crop is fully mature before cold weather hits. The best variety choice is still one that will achieve a rapid, uniform stand and ... Read More »