Tag Archives: Disease Management

Disease Management: Peanut Rx

Many factors combine to influence the risk of losses to TSWV. Some factors are more important than others, but no single factor can be used as a reliable TSWV control measure. Research data and on-farm observations indicate that when combinations of factors are considered, an individual field’s risk of losses due to TSWV can be estimated. There is no way ... Read More »

Tank Contamination

What is the possible impact on peanut of tank contamination from Dicamba and 2,4-D? By Sarah Berger, graduate student, and Jason Ferrell, Extension Weed Specialist, University of Florida Producers currently battling glyphosate-resistant weeds are eagerly awaiting the release of dicamba- or 2,4-D-tolerant soybeans and cotton. This technology has the potential to greatly improve control of troublesome broadleaf weeds. But, what ... Read More »

Watch For Those Dry – Weather Pests

Several insect pests, such as the economically damaging LCB, thrive in hot, dry weather It’s that time of year again; the time producers and consultants do battle with one of the most economically damaging pests – the lesser cornstalk borer (LCB). The LCB’s prime activity period generally begins in June and continues through the summer months. A dry-weather pest, the ... Read More »

Protect Your Investment Don’t Ignore Late-Season Worms

In the face of resistance and crop shifts, producers can turn to Belt insecticide Strong demand has driven up peanut prices and as a result about 25 percent more acres were planted this year in the United States. To capitalize on lucrative contracts, farmers are looking more than ever for ways to protect the seed investment and maximize yield potential. ... Read More »

Georgia Grower Puts It All Together

Attention to detail and not cutting disease pressure any slack is how this producer operates. By Amanda Huber Decatur County producer, Kevin Rentz, learns from each and every crop he puts into the ground in the spring and harvests in the fall, fine-tuning his management strategies for the next year. “He takes a lot of pride in his work and ... Read More »

Timing of White Mold Management

A new product and earlier expression of the disease warrant earlier control measures. By Amanda Huber White mold has been the primary disease problem in peanuts for the last four years in a row. Because of its widespread distribution, sheer number of hosts and potential for the sclerotia, or survival structures, to survive in the soil for a number of ... Read More »

Insect and Mite Damage

Systemic insecticides are an effective production tool. Over 90 percent of the North Carolina peanut acreage is treated annually with phorate (Thimet) or acephate (Orthene). This eliminates the need for most foliar insecticides, unless worms or mites become a problem in August or September. Systemic insecticides are applied as a granular in-furrow at planting. When foliar insecticides are used in ... Read More »

White Mold In Five

Five tips for managing this common disease. It was nearly a white mold wipe out for some producers in 2010. The normal white mold “hits,” turned into full on “runs” in some fields as the temperatures skyrocketed and the rains created a steamy fungal paradise under the peanut canopy. Could white mold be the primary disease problem in 2011? If ... Read More »

Scouting For Soil Insect Pests

A back-to-the-basics approach to often overlooked, but costly pests. By Dr. Ayanava Majumdar “Dr. A,” Extension entomologist and state sustainable agriculture coordinator, Auburn University; and Rudy Yates, regional Extension agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System The year 2010 was difficult for peanut producers because so many of them were affected by insect pest outbreaks. Although we have new high-producing varieties of ... Read More »

Don’t Wait on Weeds

How do you translate the value of resistance into production practices? BY JASON FERRELL, EXTENSION WEED SPECIALIST, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA  Palmer amaranth is a tough weed that continues to march across the peanut belt. While imazapic (Cadre, Impose) was our main line of defense against this weed for many years, some populations are now resistant. In this case, we have ... Read More »