Features

Managing Weeds With PP, PPI And Pre Herbicides

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• By Emi Kimura, James Grichar, Pete Dotray and Josh McGinty, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension • Best management practices for peanut production include effective season-long weed management. The four weed management principles in peanut production are: 1. Start clean. 2. Use residual herbicides. 3. Be timely with postemergence applications. 4. Know your weeds. Early season weed management is most important ... Read More »

Stressing Mental health

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Resources tailored to farmers’ needs are available. • By Amanda Huber • Soldiers returning from the Gulf War and Afghanistan during the past two decades brought a new group of words to our lexicon: post-traumatic stress disorder. More recently, there has been a dramatic increase in suicides from first responders. In the past few years, with rock-bottom crop prices and ... Read More »

Digging Out

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Acreage adjustments have helped reduce carryover, and the same is needed in 2020. • By Amanda Huber • The past three years have been tough, to say the least. A tremendously big crop in 2017 created a carryover that has been looming over producers’ heads. Although adjustments were made in planted acres in 2018 and 2019, those crops were affected ... Read More »

2020 Peanut Grower Variety Guide

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Variety selection is one of the most important decisions in peanut production. The best variety choice is one that will achieve a rapid, uniform stand and provide good yields and grades over a wide range of growing conditions. Most varieties now offer some level of resistance to multiple diseases. Field history, irrigation, planting and harvest capabilities, seed availability, seed quality ... Read More »

Spotted Wilt Warning

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Losses nearly double that of prior year. • By Amanda Huber, Editor • Without appropriate management strategies, tomato spotted wilt virus has the potential to become widespread again, says University of Georgia plant pathologist Bob Kemerait. “I would say that 2019 was a wake-up call. It’s an alarm going off,” he says. “In 2020, I’m encouraging growers to recognize that ... Read More »

NPRL Celebrates 50 Years

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It was a star-studded event at the National Peanut Research Laboratory’s 50-year celebration. Guest speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-Ga) and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the USDA Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service. Also speaking at the event was American Peanut Sheller Association President Karl Zimmer, and peanut producers Donald Chase and Casey Cox. Finally, ... Read More »

2020 Disease Risk Index

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Changes to Peanut Rx can be found in varieties and at-plant insecticides. Losses to tomato spotted wilt continue to grow across the Southeastern region reaching an estimated 7% in 2019 and double the estimated losses from 2018. Although the reasons for the increased losses in 2019 are not fully understood, it is possible that the warmer spring favored an increase ... Read More »

On-Farm Nematode Trials

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The nematode-resistant cultivar, TifNV High O/L, is compared to the nematicide Velum Total. Root-knot nematodes are one of the most prevalent and damaging pests in peanut production in the Southeast. Crop rotation, use of resistant cultivars and nematicide applications are the primary strategies for managing root-knot nematodes. Recently, a new root-knot nematode resistant peanut cultivar, TifNV High O/L, was released ... Read More »

Southern Cover Crops Council

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Group works to double cover crop acreage. Need help deciding which cover crop to plant? What crops match the goals you are trying to achieve in your fields between production seasons? A new resource is available to help producers with these decisions. The Southern Cover Crops Council was formed in July 2017. The group includes farmers, university researchers, Extension specialists, ... Read More »