Tag Archives: weather

Weather Weary

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Dry, wet, damaged and delayed – how many different weather events can happen in one season? Mark Twain once said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Multiply that by how many days from planting to harvest across the peanut belt, and that’s about how many different weather situations producers had to ... Read More »

Rain Stunts Crop

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Plants are not developing properly in waterlogged soils. Two consecutive weeks of rainfall in Georgia stunted the growth of the state’s peanut crop and has left farmers scrambling to decide what to do next. Georgia’s peanut and cotton acreage remains in flux due to the inclement weather. According to the Georgia Crop Progress and Condition Report, issued by the U.S. ... Read More »

Showers Of Blessings

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Peanut planting was late in areas this year because of the rains, and those fields that were planted have tended to languish during the three weeks of constant rains. You can read more about the effects of the rain on the crop in several articles in this issue of Peanut Grower. Although management adjustments may be needed because of the ... Read More »

Optimal Disease Environment

What will significant rainfall from Tropical Storm Colin mean for peanut disease? By Nicholas Dufault and Rebecca Barocco, UF-IFAS Dept. of Plant Pathology Now that Tropical Storm Colin has passed through parts of Florida traveling up the Eastern Seaboard leaving rainfall amounts up to 10 inches in its wake, we are well on our way to another wet June here ... Read More »

Market usage must increase at a faster rate to keep pace with supply

Decisions, decisions, decisions. A producer’s goals include protecting the land and crop potential production with recommended crop rotation, surviving the lowest commodity prices in recent memory while reducing the cost of production so a profit shows at harvest, and then growing quality peanuts for the market and not for the government. Those are great goals; however, each farmer is different ... 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 »

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 »