2018 Estate Tax Changes

With the start of a New Year and the passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” there are important changes to the federal estate tax. Everyone should take time to understand the current and any new estate tax law and to evaluate his or her estate to determine if estate tax liability may be an issue. Federal Estate Tax ... Read More »

Know Your Production Costs

Economists from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recommend that Georgia farmers understand their production costs before planting next year’s crops. Amanda Smith, a UGA Cooperative Extension economist in the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, says prices for diesel, some chemicals and land rent have increased, while seed and fertilizer continue to be significant ... Read More »

New Products

Advanced Guidance From Deere John Deere has introduced its latest advanced guidance and machine data sharing technology with the addition of AutoTrac Turn Automation, AutoTrac Implement Guidance, AutoTrac Vision for Tractors and In-Field Data Sharing applications, which are bundled activations for the John Deere 4600 CommandCenter or bundled subscriptions for 4640 Universal Displays. AutoTrac Turn Automation makes end turns smooth, ... Read More »

Entomology Notes

For insect management, it is all about scouting and getting the pest identified correctly. As you prepare for 2018, use these entomology notes made by UGA Extension entomologist, Mark Abney, and your own field notes to plan next year’s crop management strategy. Garden Fleahopper It has been a while since anyone asked me about garden fleahopper in peanut. After a ... Read More »

Breakthrough In Aflatoxin Suppression

Aflatoxins, which can infect peanuts, corn and other crops, are a major health risk worldwide. Aworldwide group of plant scientists have made a significant research breakthrough by suppressing the fungus that produces aflatoxin in peanuts. Zhi-Yuan Chen, a researcher in the LSU AgCenter Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, is one of the collaborators in the project headed by ... Read More »

Looking Ahead to the 2018 Season

Warm weather, pesticide shortages and significant acreage plantedto peanuts could spell increased problems for producers. By Robert C. Kemerait, Jr., Extension plant pathologist, University of Georgia If the 2017 field season was any indication, disease and nematode management issues will continue to be of increasing concern in 2018. Looming on the horizon for 2018 will be the impact of a ... Read More »

National Peanut Board: Research Review

Imagine what peanut farming would be like had a group of farmers not come together to create the National Peanut Board. Without that reinvestment of more than $30 million back into peanut production research, what would peanut farming be like today? Fortunately, we will never know. The very mission of the National Peanut Board, as it has been since its ... Read More »

When Digging, Speed Matters

Driving too quickly can lead to significant losses when digging peanuts, according to a recent study by Clemson University agricultural engineer Kendall Kirk. Farmers often push digger speeds to save time or to outrace inclement weather, but driving too fast can reduce yield, Kirk says. Conversely, driving too slowly can rip vines apart and increase costs. “As you drive faster, ... Read More »

Crown Rot Disease On The Rise

Aspergillus crown rot disease is on the rise in Georgia peanut fields, and University of Georgia researchers are working to pinpoint why. At present, university scientists recommend that farmers encountering this problem in their fields stop saving seed from year to year in an effort to reduce the disease until better control methods are found. The first line of defense ... Read More »