- Editor's Note -

Production agriculture is never static,
and that’s why we’re here

By Amanda Huber

Is there anything in the world like building a house? This January marks the end of a two-year building process for my husband and I. That is said with a hopeful spirit because you never know what those final inspections will bring.

In the beginning it all seems fairly simple and straightforward. I mean if someone can draw it on paper and make it all work out mathematically, then you should be able to build it, right? Unfortunately, it never seems to work out that way, and problems will crop up at every turn. Little by little, you do the best you can to solve them, and it eventually all comes together.

That sounds a lot like what you do. You start with a plan, but then problems in the form of diseases, insects and weeds crop up based on the weather and other factors, and you have to do what you can to solve those problems in order to make a yield that will keep you in business.

The January issue is always devoted to the Pesticide Guide. It should be a valuable tool as you make plans now, and as you have to troubleshoot later. Although the charts may look the same year after year, they are not. Our team of researchers study their respective charts, and using the latest research data, make changes to the charts to give you the most accurate and up-to-date recommendations possible. The identification sections change over time as well.

Production agriculture is never static. Everything changes based on changes around it. New varieties are used and different pest problems crop up. New tillage methods are used, and new weed issues arise. That’s why I never get tired of learning and writing about peanuts. That’s also why it is necessary to do the charts every year; pest problems are always changing and so are the methods of managing those problems to lessen their impact.

With that in mind, myself and everyone involved with Peanut Grower magazine wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2008.