Tag Archives: Markets

Quality And Quantity Affected By Poor Harvest Conditions

Down on the family peanut farm, there is much unhappiness. Commodity prices are the lowest in two decades; peanut contracts are at or below the cost of production, and that’s if you can find one. Input costs were higher than last year, and the peanut program regulations have been almost impossible to fully understand. Just trying to survive, too many ... Read More »

News Briefs

Crop Insurance Update The 2015 crop is the first year that peanut producers could insure their crop with the same options offered for other crops. Peanut revenue insurance options were introduced through the cooperative efforts of AgriLogic Consulting, Georgia Peanut Commission, Western Peanut Growers Association, key industry representatives and the USDA Risk Management Agency. The revenue insurance options allow for ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

JASON WOODWARD Texas Agri-Life Extension Plant Pathologist Managing Late-Planted Peanuts The pendulum has swung the other direction as to drought conditions in the Southwestern United States. As of June 1, only 20 percent of the region was characterized as abnormally dry. This is the lowest intensity rating producers have seen since 2007. While the moisture has been welcome, the frequency, ... Read More »

SPFF Comments On ‘Actively Engaged’

In March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their proposed rule to define what it means to be “actively engaged” in farming and, therefore, eligible to receive federal farm payments. After review by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation (SPFF) members, there are important issues that concern Southern agriculture including, but not limited to, the limits on the number of ... Read More »

An unusual beginning begs for a calm ending.

J. Tyron spearman

The U.S. peanut industry has experienced an unusual start for 2015. Seed quantities were good and quality was mostly good as well. There were some problems getting accurate information on germination and the process was slower than normal. Weather was most unusual in Texas with flooding during planting season and the Southeast, where 80 percent of peanuts are grown, with ... Read More »

Graders Seek Better System

The Georgia Federal Station Inspection Service has initiated a project with the goal of improving and enhancing grading equipment and procedures that have been in use for the past 70 years while continuing to achieve the same end result. Officials say they believe a more efficient and economical method for grading farmer-stock peanuts can be found. A committee of 10 ... Read More »

A delegation visits China, while Russia issues import ban.

The peanut market seems to be singing the same song, second verse, and will likely remain quiet until the industry has a better handle on acreage. Until then, sunshine has arrived, and while producers feel the season is late, researchers and Extension specialists assure them the delay is okay. Most planting decisions have been made to determine the best planting ... Read More »

Join The Peanut Proud Buying Point Challenge

At the annual meeting of the National Peanut Buying Point Association, the NPBPA adopted a Peanut Proud Challenge for peanut buying points. The purpose of the challenge is to broaden and increase support for Peanut Proud, the organization that spearheads the peanut industry’s humanitarian efforts. Meet The Challenge The Peanut Buying Point Challenge hopes to have every buying point in ... Read More »

Protect the program, market with a reasonable acreage increase

The peanut stage is set. Producers across America have studied the 2014 Farm Bill, selected their coverage options and worked to establish the facts they’ll work by. Federal Crop Insurance has been improved for peanuts, and agents have worked to sell their plans to farmers. Seed has been ordered, and Mother Nature has supplied mostly good winter rains and offered ... Read More »

Calendar

• June 13-17 – USA Peanut Congress, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C. For reservations, call 800-438-5800 and reference “USA Peanut Congress.” The deadline for reservations in the room block is May 13. For more information on reservations or meeting registration, go to www.peanut-shellers.org. • July 9 – Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day, at the Darrell Williams Research Farm, on ... Read More »