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Our Curiosities Aren’t Limited To People

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It’s the place of weird happenings, unusual occurrences and oddities. It’s the strangest story you’ve ever heard, and it usually starts with “Florida man…” What began in 2013 as an internet meme, Florida Man has only grown in popularity and recognition with each crazy story. Part of the reason for this is the ease at which journalists navigate Florida’s freedom ... Read More »

UF/IFAS Peanut Butter Challenge collects over 13 tons statewide

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The 2020 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Peanut Butter Challenge collected just over 27,000 pounds of peanut butter across 53 counties, all of which will fill participating counties’ food banks this holiday season. This year marks the first in which the event fully expanded beyond the Florida Panhandle, where it has been held annually since 2012. ... Read More »

Charting Disease Trends

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A survey started three years ago evolves into an integrated tool for monitoring disease and guiding research efforts. In 2017, Florida producers experienced a problem in peanut fields that had never been seen before. The phenomenon, coined “peanut collapse” or “peanut decline,” affected approximately 25,000 acres and reduced yields about 1,000 pounds per acre on average in these locations. At ... Read More »

Rains Amplify Pod Rot Issues

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Adequate calcium helps protect pods from pathogens. Late this season, Florida peanut producers saw an increase in pod rot disease. It’s little wonder given the number of tropical storms and hurricanes. In early June, Tropical Storm Cristobal provided torrential rainfall, followed by even more showers for a total of 18 to 22 inches within a week’s time in some locations. ... Read More »

News Brief

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United Voice On Legislation Peanut growers, shellers and buying points have formed the United States Peanut Federation to serve as a unified voice in Washington, D.C., and advocate for strong agricultural policy. USPF’s mission is to protect, promote and improve business conditions for those in the peanut industry. U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, ... Read More »

Florida’s Peanut Butter Challenge spreads statewide

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Spread the word, and the peanut butter! The Peanut Butter Challenge, an annual jar collection that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is expanding statewide in the wake of Hurricane Sally. Coordinated by University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension faculty and volunteers, the project was conceived as a way to feed hungry families ahead of the ... Read More »

Florida Farm Bureau donates peanut butter to state food banks

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Florida Farm Bureau Federation will contribute 120,960 jars of peanut butter to Florida food banks statewide to help families facing hunger due to the pandemic. “We are proud to provide a non-perishable food item such as peanut butter to food-insecure families across Florida,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick. “This comes at a time when children are going ... Read More »

Stand issues — should you replant your peanut field?

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• By Mike Mulvaney and Scott Tubbs • It’s the time of year when producers often face decisions involving replanting peanut. This is always a tough call — there are many factors to consider including should the existing crop be terminated or supplemented and how single versus twin rows affects the situation. Researchers at the University of Georgia have conducted ... Read More »

On-Farm Nematode Trials

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The nematode-resistant cultivar, TifNV High O/L, is compared to the nematicide Velum Total. Root-knot nematodes are one of the most prevalent and damaging pests in peanut production in the Southeast. Crop rotation, use of resistant cultivars and nematicide applications are the primary strategies for managing root-knot nematodes. Recently, a new root-knot nematode resistant peanut cultivar, TifNV High O/L, was released ... Read More »

UF/IFAS Peanut Butter Challenge returns to form with nearly 21,000 jars collected

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Last year’s University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Extension Peanut Butter Challenge was just getting started when Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle. As the communities dealt with the aftermath and UF/IFAS Extension offices became collection points for all varieties of donations, the annual peanut butter jar collection became less of a focus than the many items ... Read More »