Features

Lucento Fungicide Now Available

lucento field trial

The broad-spectrum product from FMC shows good control of leaf spot, white mold. Just before the government shut down, FMC Corporation received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration for Lucento fungicide. It came in the nick of time before all government-related work was put on hold and in plenty of time to be available to producers to use in the ... Read More »

The 2019 Disease Risk Index

tomato spotted wilt virus on peanuts

In 2018, losses to tomato spotted wilt across the peanut production region of the southeastern United States increased slightly from estimated losses from 2017. Losses associated with spotted wilt were approximately 3 percent in 2017 and 3.5 percent in 2018, though tomato spotted wilt was more severe in some fields than in others. Growers can successfully manage this disease, and ... Read More »

Weather Weary

raw peanuts in shell

Dry, wet, damaged and delayed – how many different weather events can happen in one season? Mark Twain once said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Multiply that by how many days from planting to harvest across the peanut belt, and that’s about how many different weather situations producers had to ... Read More »

Toughest Year Yet

arkansas peanut harvest

Rain every few days, and eventually snow, hinder producers’ ability to gather this crop. Arkansas farmers planted more than 20,000 acres of peanuts for the third straight year, but this year were enduring a harvest that dragged into December. “Arkansas peanut farmers planted a little over 25,000 acres, which is the third consecutive year of over 20,000 acres for the ... Read More »

Kimura Named Texas Extension Peanut Specialist

Emi Kimura

Emi Kimura was recently named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state peanut specialist. Kimura joined AgriLife Extension in 2015 as an agronomist serving the Rolling Plains and surrounding areas from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center south of Vernon. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head in ... Read More »

Michael And Florence, An Unwelcome Couple

Vice President Mike Pence

Never before have two hurricanes caused such destruction and disruption in the peanut industry. • By Amanda Huber • Florence was a powerful storm that weakened before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane. Michael continued to grow in strength even a little while after landfall. Florence dumped buckets of rain and freshwater flooding was the primary impact. Michael’s 155 mile ... Read More »

A Look At APRES’ 50th Anniversary

Chippokes Plantation State Park

The theme of the meeting, ‘Celebrating The Past; Inspiring Our Future,’ was fitting for this event. • By Amanda Huber • American Peanut Research and Education Society meetings are always enjoyable and filled with opportunities to learn more about peanuts. For the 50th Anniversary meeting, two events stood out as particularly interesting and meaningful to me. 400 Years Of Peanut History ... Read More »

State-Winning Farmers

Swisher Sweets Farmer of the Year

Two peanut farmers, one from Virginia and another from Mississippi, were selected as state winners of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. Peanuts are an important part of the crop mix for two of the nine Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year state winners. Let’s take a closer look at the two peanut producers ... Read More »

Peanut Breeder Honored

Dr. Tom Stalker, NCSU

NCSU’s Tom Stalker recognized for service to humanity through collecting, evaluating or conserving the Earth’s genetic resources. Peanuts are not only among North Carolina’s top agricultural commodities, they also represent a key source of protein for people around the world. Making them even better has been Tom Stalker’s life work. A professor and former head of North Carolina State University’s ... Read More »