Farmers facing a higher-income 2014 in need of tax-saving strategies should consult their tax advisor on the use of the donated crop strategy because of the significant tax savings that can result....More
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley last week charged the Alabama Drone Task Force to review the requirements to further Alabama’s use of drones in areas of agriculture, conservation and law enforcement....More
“You all know from experience that we’ve seen extremely volatile markets in the past several years. But for the moment, we are in a period of relative calm, but that’s not necessarily good news for you or for me," peanut broker tells growers....More
Painstaking and expensive research has positioned the U.S. as a dominant player in the world peanut market, but maintaining that competitive edge will require that we protect our technological advantages. The Peanut Commission’s motion is a right step in that direction....More
Mark your calendars for the 2014 University of Georgia Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day Sept 10 in Tifton, Ga. The field day will begin at the UGA Gibbs Farm at 8:30 a.m., and will end with lunch at the Tifton Campus Conference Center....More
At the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Florida, the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness officially launched the "Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator."...More
As insect pressure intensifies across the region, take a look at what they're dealing with in Florida’s Panhandle: a standing occupation of armyworms, and Georgia peanut farms infested with spider mites.
I’ve interviewed many farmers over the years who talk about having to grow to survive and they’re not exaggerating, especially the younger guys who are struggling to establish themselves. Whether by necessity or by choice, expansion seems to be the name of the game in commercial agriculture....More
Marker-assisted breeding will allow peanut breeders to identify desired characteristics as well as undesirable traits in segregated varieties and develop new cultivars that take advantage of natural resistance to diseases and other pests,...More
Spider mites and foliar feeders on the increase in Georgia peanuts. Peanut growers should scout now and be ready to take action. Peanut can tolerate a significant amount of defoliation with no impact on yield, but when we start to see ragged leaves, it becomes difficult to hold back....More
“This year marks the 15th class of winning Peanut Profitability Award growers, and each class continues to impress with their innovate techniques of improving profitability and bottom-line profits."...More
The Georgia Peanut Commission opposes the sharing of technology, developed with peanut farmer checkoff funding, with producers in other countries who compete with U.S. producers for peanut markets....More
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.