Tag Archives: georgia

Peanut harvest season is a time of celebration

glen harris, uga

Peanut harvest season in Sylvester, Georgia, is more than just farmers digging up the fruits of their labor. It’s a time of celebration for agriculture, the sector that drives the economic footprint in this rural community. Sylvester is just one Georgian town that exudes peanut pride. Plains and Brooklet also host peanut festivals in the fall, and Blakely hosts the ... Read More »

Georgia Growers Need To Scout For Explosive Foliar Disease

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Georgia farmers need to be wary of peanut rust disease after it was discovered in a field in Tift County last week, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Albert Culbreath. He said that rust doesn’t occur in Georgia every year and information about which chemical options are best for controlling this disease is limited. Several fungicides that are already ... Read More »

UGA Plans Annual Cotton-Peanut Field Day, Sept. 4, On The Tifton Campus

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Cotton and peanut farmers and industry personnel are invited to the University of Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day, Sept. 4, on the UGA Tifton campus. Members of the UGA cotton and peanut teams will talk about ongoing research at two UGA research farms, providing insight for growers on what they can expect for the next growing season. The ... Read More »

UGA Agronomist Cautions Dryland Producers About This Year’s Crop

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Current drought conditions could negatively influence Georgia peanut farmers’ plans for this year’s dryland crop, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. While some fields are just a few weeks away from harvest, Monfort cautions growers about applying additional fungicides or insecticides, especially if there’s little to no rain in the forecast, to aid in the ... Read More »

Water-Saving Upgrades

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Irrigator Pro, now available as a mobile-device app, helps farmers enhance water conservation and on-farm efficiency. Is water the new gold? When you consider that about 1 percent of the Earth’s water supply is available for human use, coupled with a growing global population, the comparison makes sense. Across the United States and beyond, farmers are looking for innovative ways ... Read More »

Déjà vu All Over Again

amanda huber

My mom was a school teacher. For years she taught home economics, a useful class that is unfortunately no longer taught in schools. She eventually became the guidance counselor at the elementary school. Over the years, as we would see people in various places around town, she would say something like, “I taught her and I also taught her mom.” ... Read More »

Overcoming Uncertainty

Hurricane Michael Damage to Georgia

Because of losses suffered during the last growing season and new tariffs, Georgia farmers are facing a sense of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming production season, says University of Georgia agricultural economist Adam Rabinowitz. Just four months removed from Hurricane Michael — the devastating October storm that contributed to more than $2 billion in agricultural-related damage — farmers are unsure of ... Read More »

News Briefs

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Fighting For Disaster Relief U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced a supplemental disaster relief package to provide critical funding for Georgia and other states recovering from recent hurricane and wildfire damage. “Farmers in Georgia and other states across the country are hurting from historic hurricanes and devastating wildfires,” said Senator Perdue, member of the Senate Agriculture ... 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 »

We’ll Be Back, Count On It

amanda huber

Being the editor of The Peanut Grower magazine is more than a job for me. In fact, this year marks 20 years. At the American Research and Education Society Meeting in July, I had an occasion to count up all my years in the peanut industry, which I figure to be close to 25. In other words, I’ve been around ... Read More »