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News Briefs

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program By the first week of June, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program had distributed more than 5 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Farmers to Families Food Box Program was designed to put ... Read More »

Know Your Seed Quality

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Even though spring 2018 and 2019 were opposite in growing conditions, both proved that being aggressive early and planting as soon as the soil temperatures warmed up was good. Being timely last year paid off in getting a good stand and a solid start before going into six weeks of drought that followed. Planting before the third week of May ... Read More »

In The Furrow

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Take advantage of this opportunity to give your crop the best possible start. • By Amanda Huber • How many opportunities do you get to put products in furrow that will protect the peanut seed? You get one chance, says Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia plant pathologist. “Once you close that furrow, many of your opportunities are gone. It can ... Read More »

Monitoring At Mid-Season

peanut nodulation

Scouting is the best way to find problems before it is too late. • By Amanda Huber • Rainfall or irrigation is needed in peanut production for many reasons, including activation of pest products. With the lack of moisture in the early season, pests preferring hot, dry conditions, such as lesser cornstalk borer, were able to establish significant populations. “Lesser cornstalk ... Read More »

Producers’ Top 10 List

tomato spotted wilt virus on peanuts

1. Field Selection / Rotation: Peanuts require well-drained land and do best on soils with a sandy surface. Avoid fields with recent soybean history as best you can and eliminate from future rotation. Sustainable production requires a minimum of two years, three are better, of cotton or corn, not legumes, in between peanut crops. 2. Soil test: P and K ... Read More »

Replant As Quickly As Possible

spraying peanuts

Hopefully everyone has finished up planting or is almost done by now. I know we have had some seed quality issues with the crop in some places this season, but maybe yours is off to a good start. If not, remember, we recommend 6 seed per foot of good seed to have a final stand of 4 plants per foot. ... Read More »

Boron On The Move

boron deficiency

With heavy rains, a deficiency of this leachable nutrient is possible. • By Ethan Carter, UF/IFAS Regional Crop IPM Agent, and Michael Mulvaney, UF/IFAS Cropping Systems Specialist • In early June, peanut fields across the Florida Panhandle ranged in age from freshly planted to nearly 40 days old. Many areas have had consistent rainfall and overcast days, which has left fields ... Read More »

Don’t Wait On Weeds

palmer pigweed

Depending on weather and field conditions in May, there can be a wide range of peanut sizes and ages moving into June and July. Peanuts in the V-C region most likely will be four to six weeks old in mid-June. Hopefully, herbicide programs used at planting have performed well. The same is true for thrips control. For fields where weeds ... Read More »

New Products

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Verdesian Renews Focus Verdesian Life Sciences new mission statement focuses on the grower customer and is supported by the core values that guide the behavior of all Verdesian team members. The new mission statement reads: At Verdesian Life Sciences, we enable a sustainable future for farmers through nutrient-use efficiency. Read More »

Gypsum Use And Timing

A variety of gypsum sources and application methods gives producers options. By Amanda Huber Gypsum, or calcium sulfate, products are available from many sources and can be purchased based on price, availability and spreadability. It used to only be available in the granular form mined out of Canada or a by-product of fertilizer mining in Florida. Now, there are “wet ... Read More »