Tag Archives: Irrigation

Auburn peanut breeding program works on drought-tolerant plant

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Researchers in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture are using a $490,000 grant to accelerate efforts to breed a drought-tolerant peanut plant, a development that would be a game changer for the industry. Peanuts continue to be a staple of the Southeast farm economy, but water limitations have a detrimental effect on yields and producer income. In fact, the American Peanut ... Read More »

Soil Moisture Sensor Q & A

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Increase water-use efficiency with the aid of sensors for irrigation scheduling. • By Michael T. Plumblee, Clemson University Precision Agriculture Extension Specialist • Water is needed for the plant to grow, and for peanuts specifically, it is needed to move calcium from land plaster into the pegging zone and then into pods. It also improves the effectiveness of pesticides, such ... Read More »

New Products

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FMC Launches Elevest Insecticide The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently granted FMC Corp. registration for Elevest insect control in a broad range of crops including peanuts, soybeans, sweet corn, cotton and potatoes. The new insecticide combines full rates of Rynaxypyr active ingredient for lepidopteran control with full rates of bifenthrin, a pyrethroid. According to FMC, Elevest insect con-trol provides growers ... Read More »

OSU studying ways to boost water conservation in flood irrigation

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Flood irrigation has been a common agricultural practice for 5,000 years, but an Oklahoma State University researcher contends producers who use it can still benefit from enhancements that maximize limited water resources. “Surface or gravity flood irrigation is used in nearly one-third of irrigated acres in the United States, so continuing to provide producers with new advances is essential to ... Read More »

New Products

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Soil Health Partnership Heliae Agriculture is partnering with the R.W. Griffin family of companies to drive soil health in Georgia and North Florida. R.W. Griffin, one of the largest fertilizer retailers in Georgia, has become an official distributor for the Southeast region. Griffin Evans, chemical and seed director for R.W. Griffin, says, “We are happy to create a strategic alliance ... Read More »

National Peanut Research Lab to celebrate 50 years of research

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In the world of peanuts, Georgia is king, growing over 46 percent of the U.S. crop. So where better to locate a laboratory dedicated to solving problems of the U.S. peanut industry? In Dawson, Georgia, Nov. 22, the National Peanut Research Laboratory will celebrate 50 years of research on the popular legume. At the lab, which is part of the ... Read More »

50 years of service

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Well-deserved recognition is in order for the National Peanut Research Laboratory. • By Amanda Huber • Today’s farmers continue to reap the benefits sown by a group of forward-thinking peanut leaders in the late 1950s. That’s when the idea for a laboratory dedicated to research on peanuts and peanut processing was born. “We are the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture ... 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 »

To Replant Or Not

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As we move into late May in the Virginia-Carolina region, there are a number of things that need to be done. As one checks off the list, field (and the previous rotation), tillage system, variety selection, preplant burndown or preplant incorporated herbicides, preemergence herbicides, inoculant and in-furrow systemic insecticide treatments are in place. Timely application of postemergence herbicides, and an ... Read More »

Meeting Crop Water Demand

Wasted water is money down the drain; ensure that applied water is being used by the crop. • By Amanda Huber • With top-soil moisture registering as very short in six peanut states in mid-May, producers are hoping the drought trend breaks in favor of timely rains. Rarely though is irrigation not needed at some point during the production season. “Weather ... Read More »