The 2016 peanut planting season will start rolling big this week across much of the Peanut Belt. Margins are tighter and the financial risk is greater. There are some things you can do to make every input and strategy hit this year to make a profit.
Southeast farmers say they will plant less peanuts and soybeans in 2016 with cotton acres remaining steady. They say they will plant more corn, however, and that sticks with the national trend of other U.S. corn farmers.
Florida is the No. 1 producer of at least eight major U.S. crops. And despite devastating diseases and other setbacks, Florida’s vibrant agriculture sector continues to create about 14 percent of the state’s jobs and contribute $148.5 billion to the state’s economy.
The Southeast is blessed with weeds no matter the season. And over the next four to six weeks, growers will be doing their best to burndown wintry weeds and cover crops before planting their no-till or strip-till cotton.
Uncertainty was the only certainty on the minds of many growers at the 2016 Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show Feb. 11 in Dothan, Ala., but the weather that day was finally nice enough to get some fieldwork done.
This past week in Southeast agriculture we found out Teel Warbington is CEO of family business and High Cotton winner; what you need to know about disasters before crop insurance sign up; North Carolina’s herbicide problems getting worse; and Florida’s citrus industry is now a quarter of what it used to be -- plus much more.
Three generations of Warbingtons farm together around Vienna, Ga., and each generation and individual contributes to the operation’s success. But someone has to keep the family business on point. That’d be Teel Warbington.