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Peanut Pointers

JASON WOODWARD Texas Agri-Life Extension Plant Pathologist Budget for Needed Inputs As has been the case the past few years, planting intentions for peanuts in the Southwest are up in the air at this time. Producers who are thinking about growing peanuts in 2016 must consider several factors in preparation for planting. Variety selection is often the most important decision ... Read More »

With a year of experience, will you make any adjustments?

Producers have a better understanding of the 2014 Farm Bill after a full-year cycle under the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which 99.7 percent of peanut producers chose. Farmers have always evaluated prices of commodities to determine the most profitable crop to plant. Other factors to evaluate include contract offers from shellers, cost of production and always with a watchful ... Read More »

News Briefs

CRS Completes Program Review The Congressional Research Service has issued an updated review of the peanut program and explains how the new program favors peanut production on generic base acres. Almost all peanut growers selected the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program because they expected it to provide higher payments and greater risk protection than would be available under Agricultural Risk ... Read More »

Virginia Crop: A Mixed Bag

  Be sure moisture can’t get back into stored peanuts and create conditions for mold growth. Editor’s Note: Splits and sprouting are two words no producer wants to hear in relation to a peanut crop. But according to Maria Balota, associate professor of crop physiology from the Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC, 2015 was a most unusual year in Virginia. Her ... Read More »

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.

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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 »