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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 »

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 »