Maintain Propane Equipment

Service propane-powered equipment such as irrigation engines, generators and pickup trucks to ensure good performance. As farmers gear up for planting season, now is the best time to ready equipment following a harsh winter. Maintenance early in the season lowers overall upkeep costs and keeps systems operating smoothly and efficiently. More than 865,000 farms in the United States use propane ... Read More »

Protect Your Yield

Be ready as conditions in 2014 may favor the return of foliage feeders. As the saying goes, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. However, you can probably add to that at least some level of pressure from worms in your peanut field at some point during the season. Will the hungry Lepidopterans, armyworms, bollworms/earworms, budworms, cutworms and ... Read More »

Peanut Proud Presentation

On behalf of The Peanut Grower and sponsors of the anniversary issue, a check is presented at the annual festival. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of The Peanut Grower magazine in November 2013, One Grower Publishing chose to donate a percentage of all of the congratulatory ad revenue to Peanut Proud, the peanut industry’s non-profit humanitarian organization that provides aid ... Read More »

Disaster Assistance Programs Restored By Farm Bill

USDA announces sign-up period at FSA offices. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Years Of Waiting “We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. ... Read More »

Nematode Management Tips

Peanut root-knot nematodes are frequently under-managed either because the symptoms are not recognized or because growers are reluctant to take the steps needed to ensure adequate control. The following are steps producers can take to reduce root-knot nematode damage in peanut fields. Rotate with a crop such as cotton, which is not a host for peanut root-knot nematode. This is ... Read More »

Get A Jump On Disease

Counting the days to start a disease management program may give the disease a good head start. Climate and past history are two factors producers can use to help predict potential disease problems for the coming season. While the spring climate is still coming into view, field history is something producers know at the end of the last crop. As ... Read More »

Good Planting Practices

maintenance of harvest equipment

Peanuts are a food ingredient from planting until consumption. Because of this, producers should always keep food safety in mind when getting this edible crop from the ground and to the next link in the processing chain. Planting is a good time to be reminded of some good agricultural practices producers should follow to help supply a safe, quality crop. ... Read More »

New Herbicide Available

Warrant now labeled for use in peanuts; early postemergence application recommended. Peanut growers looking to control their fields’ toughest weeds – including Palmer pigweed, waterhemp, lambsquarters, giant foxtail and nightshade, among other small-seeded broadleaf weeds and grasses – have yet another tool for the 2014 growing season. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved Warrant herbicide for use in peanuts. ... Read More »

Water Management At Planting

A uniform stand and herbicide activation are two goals of good water management from the start. The abundant rains of last year and through the winter should not be expected to continue, and producers should be ever mindful of the importance of using what water is available wisely. While the critical water-use period for peanuts is from 40 to 110 ... Read More »

American Grown Popularity Expands

When buyers have the opportunity to see safety and quality firsthand,  it usually leads to more purchases. For years, America has dubbed the peanut our favorite nut. But how is it spreading in popularity across the globe? Great taste alone does not account for increased demand. Organizations such as the Texas Peanut Producers Board, American Peanut Council and others work ... Read More »