• Protecting Profit from Pests

    Protecting Profit from Pests

    While work continues on developing economic thresholds for insect pests, scouting can pay dividends now. University of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying peanut crops, a first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate when it’s time to apply insecticide products. Currently, Abney and his team are focusing on the three-cornered alfalfa hopper, but they also hope to establish thresholds for the burrower bug and the two-spotted spider mite. For each, they hope to develop an economic threshold, or a point when the insect population reaches ... Read More »
  • Planting Intentions

    Planting Intentions

  • Irrigation Management

    Irrigation Management

  • Shellers Contracting Smaller  Percentage Of Crop Each Year

    Shellers Contracting Smaller Percentage Of Crop Each Year

    The U.S. peanut industry is adrift in a growing, uncharted fog. The Farm Bill has caused an expansion in acreage, which resulted in great surplus, and a lack of strategic planning has failed to keep all segments in a profitable posture. It will take time to turn this boat around and a heavy fog of market uncertainty and government intervention is making waves in that effort for all segments. For the peanut forfeitures of 2014, the Commodity Credit Corporation exchanged peanuts for product. However, a donation of packaged dry roasted peanuts is thought to hamper ... Read More »
  • More Than A Safety Tip

    I read with sadness a few weeks ago about a farmer in South Carolina who was killed when he raised his spray boom up and touched a power line. It wasn’t until he tried to get off his tractor that he was electrocuted. I’ve been around farming long enough to know it is a very dangerous occupation, but it’s doubly sad to know that this tragic accident could have been prevented. As I ride past fields every day, I see power lines all around and often in the middle traveling to wells to run irrigation. ... Read More »