Early Season Insect Monitoring Report

May 29, 2014

Monitoring report – Peanuts 5-23-14-1

From Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Ph.D. (Dr. A), Extension Entomologist, Alabama Coop. Extension System, here’s an early insect monitoring report from traps and also a few comments about thrips and the new product, Radiant. Click on the pdf link above to see the trap numbers.


Resistant Weeds…

June 26, 2012

Resistant Weeds Update:


Dr. Peter Dotray, Extension weed specialist is Texas, recently provided Peanut Grower magazine with some management strategies for herbicide-resistant weeds. The information is as follows:


According to the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds (www.weedscience.org/in.asp) as of June 12, 2012, we now have 388 resistant biotypes, 208 species (122 dicots and 86 monocots) and over 570,000 fields worldwide. Twenty-three weeds have now been confirmed to be resistant to glyphosate, including many weeds found in peanut. 

Although the development of resistant weeds is not new in Texas, we are quite certain that we now have several locations of resistant Palmer amaranth populations.  Already this year, we have received several calls about populations withstanding two applications of glyphosate.  When asked about weed management “programs” in these fields, it is apparent that several of these fields are seeing glyphosate only. A peanut-cotton rotation does force a “break” in the glyphosate cycle.

Peanut growers are encouraged to consider the following management strategies to prevent/delay the development of herbicide resistant weeds:

1) Do not rely on a single herbicide or multiple herbicides with the same “mode of action” to control weeds in a single growing season and over seasons.  Rather, use herbicides with different “modes of action.”

2) Use tillage, at least once in a while, to help break up weed cycles. No weed has ever been reported that has developed resistance to tillage.

3) Use herbicides at their recommended rates. Reduced herbicide rates may select for biotypes with a greater degree herbicide tolerance.

4) Scout fields for weeds that are no longer controlled by herbicides. If you find a field where several different weed species were not successfully controlled, it is unlikely that weed resistance is the problem, but rather environmental conditions or applicator error may be the cause of the general weed control failure. PG

Cycling Team Visits Peanut Farm

June 28, 2011

Members of the TWENTY12 Women’s Pro Cycling Team visited the Clemson University Edisto Research & Education Center in Blackville, S.C., for a peanut farm tour on June 21. The team, sponsored by Peanut Butter & Co. and the National Peanut Board, was in the region for the Elite Road Nationals in Augusta, Ga. NPB South Carolina delegate Monty Rast, SC Peanut Board Chairman Richard Rentz and peanut specialists Jay Chapin and Scott Monfort educated the team members about how peanuts grow, sustainability efforts in the industry and peanut research.

“In their travels across the country and internationally, these talented women are ambassadors for USA-grown peanuts and peanut butter,” said NPB President and Managing Director Marie Fenn. “Through this farm tour, they met real peanut farmers and received a genuine farm-to-table experience of peanuts that they are excited to share with others.”
Cool jersey! Where can I get one?!

Peanut Butter for the Hungry Holiday Donations

December 7, 2010

In the spirit of giving back, consider giving a donation to Peanut Butter for the Hungry on behalf of your Friends and Family this holiday season.  What better way to embrace the meaning of the season?

APC will send a card to your recipient(s) in your name, along with the 60 Minutes DVD on Plumpy’nut and a full color program brochure. We will use 100% of the funds collected to directly assist organizations providing peanut-based ready to use therapeutic foods to needy children.  Donations to Peanut Butter for the Hungry through the Peanut Foundation are tax deductible.

If you are interested, fill out the attached form and fax to Stephanie at APC (703-838-9508) or email to sgrunenfelder@peanutsusa.com .

Special Label For Gramoxone In Georgia

August 5, 2010

Special Label For Gramoxone Allows Wick Applications For Palmer Pigweed
The Georgia Department of Agriculture granted a Section 24(c) SLN label for the use of Gramoxone Inteon in non-selective applicators for use in peanut to suppress or control herbicide-resistant Palmer pigweed in peanuts.
This label only applies in Georgia and does not include applications of this kind with Gramoxone Inteon in cotton or soybeans.
Dr. Eric Prostko, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist, views the use of non-selective applicators as a last resort in the management of Palmer pigweed. The UGA Weed Science Group would strongly urge growers to use other control strategies, such as tillage, cover crops, residual herbicides and timely post applications.
Three types of applicators have been tested thus far: GrassWorks WeedWiper, which worked the best, the WickMaster and the “traditional” gravity flow rope-wick bar.
In order for non-selective applicators to be effective in reducing Palmer amaranth seed production, treatments will have to be applied within 2 weeks of pollen formation (i.e. before viable seed are formed).

Wiregrass Precision Ag Meetings Scheduled

June 28, 2010

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Precision Agriculture Program will hold two Precision Ag Update meetings on July 6, 2010. The first meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided) at the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center in Headland, Ala. The second meeting will be held in New Brockton, Ala., at the Coffee County Farm Center from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (dinner provided).
Topics to be discussed include automatic section control, yield monitoring, RTK networks, CORS and economic considerations for precision ag technologies.
Registration is not required, but would be appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy Winstead at 256-353-8702 or winstat@auburn.edu or visit the Precision Ag Web site at http://www.AlabamaPrecisionAgOnline.com.

Peanut Industry Seminar

March 30, 2010

The Farm Service Agency (FSA), in conjunction with the American Peanut Shellers Association, will host a peanut industry meeting on May 20, 2010 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. The USDA Peanut Industry Meeting will review the plans for the implementation or changes of the marketing assistance loan and loan deficiency payment programs for the new season. All hotel arrangements should be made directly with the Atlanta Marriott Marquis at 888-855-5701 under the code AP (American Peanut) to get the rate of $140.00 for a single/double room per night, plus taxes. Pre-registration is required. A reception on May 19 at 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM is being hosted by the National Peanut Buying Points Association. For additional information, call 229-888-2508.

Be wary of peanut information on Agritrader blog

March 5, 2010

Hey, folks. Something really weird has happened that you need to know about. Yesterday someone contacted me about information from Peanut Grower magazine that was appearing on a blog called Agritrader. After investigating the situation, I figured out that someone had gone into the Peanut Grower archives and taken articles from a 2002 issue of the magazine and posted the information as current on this Agritrader blog.  Material was also taken from a sister publication, Cotton Farming. If you come across this Agritrader blog, remember that this information is nearly a decade old! Some products used at that time are no longer available or are no longer registered on peanuts. Those articles were written years before Peanut Rx!! I just thought you should know about this situation should you come across the blog.

Remember, for completely current information on peanut production, look no further than the Peanut Grower Web site and Peanut Grower blog. If you have any question about whether material is current or not, please feel free to contact me. Thanks.

PB&J My Way!!!

February 25, 2010

In celebration of March, National Peanut Month, Southern Peanut Growers (SPG) is launching “PB&J My Way,” a national recipe contest looking for nutty new takes on the classic PB&J. For every peanut butter sandwich recipe received, SPG will donate a jar of peanut butter to hunger relief organization Feeding America.
Easy to make and eat, a peanut butter sandwich has countless variations. Tell SPG what “PB&J My Way” means to you, and the organization will donate one jar of peanut butter to Feeding America for each recipe submitted, up to 4,000 jars. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity, providing assistance through a nationwide network of food banks.
“PB&J My Way” runs from March 1 – 31, 2010. To submit your favorite peanut butter sandwich recipe, visit http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com. Recipes can be as simple or as complex as you like – the only criteria is that it must contain peanut butter. A case of peanut butter will be awarded to the 10 participants who enter the most creative and delicious recipes. Top recipes will also be featured on http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com.

Address change on PNB for Haiti

January 20, 2010

EC 2055 – PNB for Haiti
P.O. Box 725
Blakely, GA 39823
Checks payable to Early County 2055 and note on check: pnb for Haiti.
EC 2055 will send each donor a letter acknowledging the tax deductible contribution.