By Amanda Huber
Every high school and college senior dreams of graduation day when all of the studying will be behind them. The truth is, however, we never stop studying. We just don?t recognize it as such. And, unfortunately, for much of the studying outside of school, no text book exists with the right answers. For many, what I call, "life decisions," there may not be a right answer. These require the most intense studying.
Your study time for the next growing season should begin right after this year?s crop is harvested. Planning now can help you avoid last minute decisions in the spring.
Begin your studying by evaluating problems you encountered this year. Make field maps and record specific problems. Written records are the best way to target areas and treatments, saving time and money. Record weed, insect, disease or nematode infestations or damage. Also note nutrient deficiencies and drainage problems. Consider any changes in rotations and/or tillage practices that can bring about different weed, insect and disease problems. Now is the time to make changes to your spray program, irrigation practices, crop rotation and tillage methods in response to these problems.
Extension agents can help with your studying by offering sound advice based on research, and you can attend county meetings to learn more.
The Peanut Grower can also help you plan next year?s crop. This issue includes the 2001 Variety Guide to help you select the best variety. The January issue will include the 2001 Pesticide Guide with updated herbicide, fungicide and insecticide charts to help you improve your spray program. Use the research data to make sound management decisions.
If The Peanut Grower can do anything else to help you study for next year, please let me know. After all, our mission is to provide profitable production and marketing strategies to peanut producers. I hope to hear from you soon at (352) 486-7006 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.