University of Georgia Extension Entomologist Mark Abney characterizes 2014 as a “very buggy year” in Georgia with a great deal of insect pressure and he says last year can provide a number of lessons on peanut insect management this year....More
Though long uncertain about climate change and global warming, my interest came into sharp focus 3:14 p.m. June 16. I had been spraying fungicides for much of the day in corn plots where the air was thick and still. The temperature crawled to 97°F. “The bear” had me....More
When it comes to his farming operation Johnny Cochran, in many ways, is a one-man show — though he wouldn’t put it that way. He uses the term “We” when he speaks about his farm’s past and future, and he means family when he does. He is the 2015 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Lower Southeast region.
When Brian McClam started farming in 1996, his grandfather Howard McClam gave him an important rule to remember to be successful: “I want you to remember one thing: When you get to the end of the year — whether you lost your tail or not — don’t ever be able to say to yourself, ‘I should have done that.’ Make sure you did that.”...More
When it comes to his farming operation Johnny Cochran, in many ways, is a one-man show — though he wouldn’t put it that way. He uses the term “We” when he speaks about his farm’s past and future, and he means family when he does....More
The truck driver, a lovely Haitian lady, smiled and waved. I took her picture and she smiled and waved some more. But some of the fieldworkers made it clear they didn’t want their pictures taken. And that was OK, too....More
This yea'rs Early Summer Row Crops Tour drew a crowd of 100 farmers and others to the Tidewater Agricultural Research & Extension Center Research Farm in Suffolk, Va. June 4. The field day examined insects, diseases and agronomics in corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans.
Mark your calendars for the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference July 23-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. This year's conference “Planting Our Future” offers farmers an opportunity to learn more about legislative issues, market growth and production issues....More
What’s the most important variable on any working farm? It’s the crew who works the land, maintains crop health and keeps things running smoothly. The Sunbelt Ag Expo Darrell Williams Research Farm is no different....More
“We never really know what our careers will turn out to be but mine has worked out well. The peanut industry is a great industry to work in and I truly enjoy working for growers," says Dell Cotton....More
It’s already a complicated growing season. From too wet to too quickly dry, spring weather has been as volatile this year as in any. Southeast farmers face problems with pre-emergence herbicides, establishing good crop stands and getting enough moisture to plant. Here are some tips to catch up with field problems and to avoid other snags as we go forward....More
Although fungicide resistance may be perceived as less urgent than other day-to-day challenges of growing a crop, this issue has become increasingly important and steps must be taken to delay the onset for as long as possible....More