Tag Archives: Water Use

Meeting Research Needs

  Demonstration plots help the Division of Agriculture develop crop recommendations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in mid-October that many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs would receive safety-net payments because of market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making ... Read More »

Irrigation Management

Is your irrigation scheduling method reliable or is it reducing yields? By Amanda Huber The need to reduce costs in a time of down prices is easier said than done. What input can you possibly cut and still provide the crop what it needs, including protection from disease, insects and weed competition? According to Wes Porter, UGA Extension irrigation specialist, ... Read More »

Irrigation Scheduling

In a comparison of five scheduling methods in four varieties, which method worked best? The weather can never be predicted, but has a huge impact on crop production and final yield. So, we must adapt to changing conditions and manage our crop to adapt to these conditions. 2014 was a prime example of variable weather conditions with a very wet ... Read More »

Comment Period On WOTUS Extended Again

The most difficult word to write is the very first one. In fact, most times, I start by writing the body of an article, then come back to that always-challenging first sentence. So I can certainly appreciate when someone else starts an article with a clever opening line, such as, “If a ditch fills with rainwater – and nobody’s around ... Read More »

Water Management At Planting

A uniform stand and herbicide activation are two goals of good water management from the start. The abundant rains of last year and through the winter should not be expected to continue, and producers should be ever mindful of the importance of using what water is available wisely. While the critical water-use period for peanuts is from 40 to 110 ... Read More »

2013 Crop: What To Watch For

Weather conditions drive production practices offering producers a variety of issues to focus on. By Amanda Huber As in many areas of the peanut belt, Maria Balota, assistant professor of crop physiology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Area Research Center, says that Virginia farmers planted later this year in comparison to the norm because of excessive rain. In fact, in ... Read More »

New Products

VRI QuickStart Prescription Valley Irrigation introduces the addition of QuickStart (QS) prescription writing to its Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) product, allowing growers to customize water applications throughout their field. The Valley VRI Agronomy Team develops the one-time, custom QS prescription based on soil maps, aerial imagery, yield data and other relevant information about the field provided by the grower. When ... Read More »

Planting Intentions

Not surprisingly after the huge crop of 2012 and the drop in prices, Planting Intentions as reported by producers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service are down considerably from last year. Based on the report, released at the end of March, growers intend to plant 1.19 million acres in 2013, down 27 percent from the ... Read More »

Making Gains in Mississippi

More producers are adding peanuts to their rotations as new marketing opportunities open up. By Susan Collins-Smith, Mississippi State University Ag Communications Mississippi producers expect peanuts to remain a strong commodity in the years to come with a steady demand globally and new marketing opportunities locally. “The demand for peanuts will stay in place because of global economics and population,” ... Read More »

Growing Peanuts One Drip At A Time

Texas producer, Mike Patterson, talks about his use of drip irrigation to make the most of available water. By Michael Harper, Texas Peanut Producers Board Communications Intern With water continuing to be an issue throughout the state and the Ogallala aquifer currently in decline, many farmers are turning to more efficient irrigation methods such as drip irrigation. One such farmer ... Read More »