The images and realization of just how bad historic flooding has hit some South Carolina farms are coming to light. South Carolina famers’ yields were already in trouble due to prolonged drought this summer. Now the flooding takes hope away for any harvest at all.
As the 2015 U.S. peanut harvest rolls on, some things are being learned about peanuts under the current farm bill. Peanut farmers will need to continue to watch, or watch better, how they market their peanuts.
Peanut farmers are gearing up combines across the Southeast, and hay balers will be crawling behind many of them. Peanut hay can be good feed for livestock and provide additional cash flow for peanut growers. But taking the hay or leaving it in the field can be a tough call.
U.S. peanut production is on track to be the second largest ever. Cotton production ticked up but remains well below last year’s level, and soybean farmers planted their largest acreage ever, according to the USDA September Crop Production Report released Sept. 11.
Each year as harvest approaches, one of the toughest decisions peanut growers make is whether to terminate their fungicide programs. Stop fungicide applications too early and yield potential and quality suffer. On the other hand, is the crop worth another application or two if yields will not suffer?
Johnny Sanders’ soybeans could go 90 bushels or more. The Georgia farmer is using what is called an early production system soybean with an indeterminate variety similar to what Delta soybean farmers have used recently to reach record yields.
Glenn Cox is a fifth generation farmer. Casey, 24, is the daughter and only child of Glenn and wife, Tina. And Casey is becoming the sixth generation to farm their branch of the family’s land in Mitchell County, Ga.
Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.