Features

Economically Important Arthropod Pests

worm pest of peanuts

Insects and mites can cause severe economic loss, but not every field will be infested with damaging populations every year. Pest species also vary from year to year and field to field within a year. Understanding the risk factors that contribute to pest outbreaks and weekly scouting are the foundations of successful insect management. Read More »

Late, But Ever Present

peanut disease

Foliar disease has shifted from early to late leaf spot, and fungicide shortages will mean a change in management plans.  • By Amanda Huber  • Climate conditions, coupled with continued shorter rotations, put peanuts square in the cross hairs significant for leaf spot disease in 2017. Read More »

Four Keys To Success

peanut field

The relationship between peanut yield and insect management is complicated.  • By Amanda Huber • University of Georgia Extension entomologist Mark Abney offers four keys to successful insect management in 2018. Read More »

It’s A Trade Off

small weed in peanuts

Producers must weigh the reward of weed control with the risk of herbicide injury.  • By Amanda Huber  • The phone started ringing off the hook around the middle of May, says Eric Prostko, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist. Herbicide injury was one of the early suggestions as to crop problems last season, but for the peanut team weed science man ... Read More »

Crop Report By States

maintenance of harvest equipment

At the recent National Peanut Buying Points meeting, University of Georgia Extension specialist Scott Monfort offered the following reports from his counterparts throughout the peanut belt. Besides highlighting last year’s acreage, yield and conditions, the specialists also offered projections for 2018. Read More »

Changes May Be On The Horizon, But For Now An Oversupply Makes For A Stagnant Market

By Amanda Huber — Despite the fact that Congress passed a budget agreement and disaster aid package that eliminates generic base, it doesn’t negate the fact that there is an oversupply of peanuts going into the 2018 planting season. Dell Cotton, Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Association, and Nathan Smith, Clemson University Extension ag economist, offer a more complete look at ... Read More »

2018 Peanut Grower Inoculant Guide

Sponsored by Verdesian Life Sciences What Is The Incentive To Use  An Inoculant? One Word: Yield Valuable yields are waiting in each peanut seed. The yield potential of each seed is at its maximum when it is put into the ground. Decisions such as crop rotation and field selection help that seed reach its full potential. Irrigation and pest management ... Read More »

Don’t Forget About Soil pH

Although it can be overlooked, proper soil pH is critical to high-yielding peanuts. By Amanda Huber For the most part, producers can keep the pH of their soils in optimum range, but depending on uses of the land, soil amendments added or not added, over time soil pH can get off kilter. Unfortunately, when this happens, says Glen Harris, University ... Read More »

Worth The Wait

Waiting for soil temperatures to warm up by a few degrees can mean a double-digit increase in germination percentage. By Amanda Huber Factors that affect soil temperature and, therefore, peanut planting include more than air temperature, says Kris Balkcom, Auburn University Extension peanut specialist. It also includes soil type, soil moisture level, the presence of cover crops or the use ... Read More »

The Code Is Unlocked

An international group of scientists completed a five-year quest to map the peanut’s genetic code. The Peanut Foundation recently announced the culmination of a research project that will give scientists around the world a map with which to unlock some of the genetic potential of the peanut plant. This discovery by the Peanut Genome Consortium, a group of scientists from ... Read More »