Tag Archives: Harvest

Ready, Set, Go!

Reduce digging losses with proper setup and field checks. • By Amanda Huber • Once the decision to dig has been made and equipment is readied and pulled into the field, a quick field test is needed to put the final adjustments into place. Clemson University agricultural engineer Kendall Kirk says that producers should synchronize the speed of their digger’s ... Read More »

Never Leave Peanuts Unprotected

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July brings a series of decisions that are generally associated with disease management. While herbicides will need to be applied in some fields and there could be outbreaks of foliar-feeding insects (hopefully not spider mites), the key to optimizing yield will be timely applications of effective fungicides. Starting fungicide sprays at the R3 stage of peanut development is the general ... Read More »

Hot off the press: NCSU’s new peanut maturity profile

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North Carolina State University’s new peanut maturity profile can be found by clicking here. University Extension plans to print and laminate 3,000 copies, according to David Jordan, NCSU Extension peanut specialist. They will be available through local NCSU Extension offices as the state moves toward harvest. Funds through North Carolina State Extension and the Agronomic Team program will pay for ... Read More »

Test your peanut growing skills with the NC Peanut Production Contest

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Think you have what it takes to be in the “Group of 60”? Consider entering the North Carolina Peanut Production Contest. For many years the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, in cooperation with North Carolina State Extension, has supported a peanut production contest at county and state levels and a luncheon to recognize farmers producing an average of at least ... Read More »

Texas drought pushes peanut yields lower

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• By Jessica Domel • Drought took a toll on the Texas peanut crop this season. Shelly Nutt, executive director of Texas Peanut Producers, said the crop looked good initially, but as farmers started harvesting, they noticed a yield loss. “It’s directly attributable to the high temperatures in July and August and no rain. So, we’re a little disappointed,” Nutt ... Read More »

Freezing temps threaten last of Arkansas peanut harvest

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When you’ve got a dry day in a harvest season like this, you go for it. It was this common sense that kept Andy Vangilder, Extension peanut agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Extension plant pathologist Travis Faske and Craighead County Extension agent Chris Grimes working a field of research peanut plots — 48 in all ... Read More »

Peanut harvest season is a time of celebration

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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 »

If you’re growing dryland, UGA agronomist advises to start digging

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Georgia’s recent hot, dry weather has dryland peanut farmers making tough decisions about when to dig their crops, according to Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist. Since much of south Georgia has experienced little to no rainfall in the past month and even less is expected over the next few weeks, Monfort is encouraging farmers to move ... Read More »

Set Up For Better Digging

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Dialing in both the ground and conveyor speed will help minimize lost pods. • By Amanda Huber • As many Extension specialists and agents will tell you, more revenue can be made or lost during digging than any other aspect of peanut production from seedbed preparation to combining. That’s why digger setup and operation, along with proper timing, is a critical ... Read More »

Producers’ Top 10 List

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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 »