Peanut Pointers

Enhance Leaf Spot Control

leaf spot

By this time of the year, many key inputs have been taken care of for peanut in the Virginia-Carolina region, such as management of thrips and weeds, applications of gypsum and use of insecticides for southern corn rootworm. While weeds and foliar-feeding insects can be an issue later in the season and folks are addressing micronutrient issues and deciding whether ... Read More »

Don’t Wait On Weeds

palmer pigweed

Depending on weather and field conditions in May, there can be a wide range of peanut sizes and ages moving into June and July. Peanuts in the V-C region most likely will be four to six weeks old in mid-June. Hopefully, herbicide programs used at planting have performed well. The same is true for thrips control. For fields where weeds ... Read More »

Soil Temperature, Planting Depth

treated peanut seed

Planting has begun in the High Plains, but some producers have held out for precipitation. Adequate soil moisture is required for uniform germination. As the seed imbibes water, cell division and elongation occurs, resulting in the embryo rupturing the seed coat, and the seedling emerges. Read More »

Planting Speed Comparison

key considerations for planting

Adequate stands can mean the difference between great yields and average yields. Last year, seed quality and weather played a role in skippy stands resulting in greater tomato spotted wilt virus and decreased yield in some fields. Based on the quality of the 2017 peanut crop, hopefully skippy stands because of poor germination and/or low vigor seed will be minimal. ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

Soil Test A Must “How many peanuts will growers plant in 2018?” This is a question being discussed at peanut production meetings all over the state. Prior to the passing of the budget agreement allowing cotton to be eligible for the Price Loss Coverage and get cotton back into the new Farm Bill, growers were indicating they would plant similar ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

Maintaining Seed Quality One concern for growers in 2018 is seed quality. Many problems were observed last year with seed vigor enhancing seedling disease and herbicide injury. The good news is the 2017 peanut seed crop has been one of the best quality crops seen in several years. This does not mean growers won’t experience problems in 2018, but it ... Read More »

Questions For 2018

The 2017 growing season is slowly coming to an end with Georgia growers producing another high-yielding crop with remarkable quality. Like every year, growers faced many obstacles to produce this crop. The planting season had its issues with fluctuating weather conditions (moisture and temperature) causing slower than normal emergence and growth. This slowed growth allowed for elevated problems with Valor ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

DAVID JORDAN North Carolina State University Extension Agronomist In-furrow Compatibility Issues If your peanuts are already in the ground, your preplant, preplant incorporated and preemergence herbicides have been applied, and your thrips and tomato spotted wilt programs are in place. Early season weed and thrips control can have a major impact on yield, and certainly achieving a desirable stand is ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

SCOTT MONFORT University of Georgia Extension Agronomist Don’t Cut Corners With Pests The peanut season has begun on a warm note. To date, we have only received a few cold days going into March. Luckily, rain has been a part of the weather patterns replenishing many of our ponds and aquifers. Looking at the short-term models, the current weather patterns ... Read More »

Peanut Pointers

DAVID JORDAN North Carolina State University Extension Agronomist Keep Plants Healthy July will bring issues associated with disease management, cleaning up fields with escaped weeds and the possibility of insect issues. For Virginia market types, it is not too late to apply gypsum. If for some reasons there are delays, applications of gypsum into late July and early August are ... Read More »