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Peanut Crop Rating Slightly Below Last Year

peanuts-peggingUSDA’s weekly crop progress report indicates the U.S. peanut crop is rated slightly below where it was this same week last year. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Pesticide Resistant Whitefly Poses Threat to U.S. Crops

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

Fruit and vegetable growers are raising concerns over an invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses. The Q-biotype whitefly was found outdoors within the United States for the first time this spring in Florida. Its discovery outdoors comes more than a decade after it was first found in a U.S. retail nursery in Arizona.

Since 2005, the whitefly has also been found in about 24 U.S. states, but only in greenhouses. The Q-biotype whitefly is already considered a major invasive pest worldwide. Researchers say the pest poses a serious threat to Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Crop Condition Down Slightly Nationally

Cotton fieldLooking at the latest numbers, the condition of the U.S. cotton crop is down slightly. And in the first part of the story, Gary Crawford reports rains have taken a bit of a toll on the nation’s cotton crop.


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And Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, takes a look at the progress of the cotton crop.


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Farm Groups Discuss Ag Policy with Presidential Candidates

Agriculture groups made their pitch on policy to Republican candidate for President Donald Trump last week, after sitting down back in June with the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Armyworms Eating North Alabama Soybeans

From Auburn University/ACES:

fall-armyworm-auAUBURN, Ala.—Fall armyworms have been a problem for most Alabama farmers in pastures and hayfields during the summer months. Alabama Extension entomologists have spotted fall armyworms in soybean fields in north Alabama.

Dr. Ron Smith said armyworm numbers statewide are higher than they have been in a very long time. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Crop of Peanuts Still Expected

National Peanut Board

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has more information about the peanut crop that is expected this year, and the latest demand and export numbers to go with it. Plus, he has a reminder about a couple of events coming up yet this week.


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UF/IFAS Extension Continues to Increase Agricultural Agents

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension continues to evolve in order to meet the needs of 20 million Floridians, most of whom aren’t in the ag business. But Dr. Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says that does not mean the Extension has de-emphasized agriculture.


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U.S. Cattle on Feed Up 2 Percent

cattleUSDA released their August cattle on feed report Friday, and it shows the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. was 10.2 million head on August 1st, 2 percent above August 1, 2015. Placements in feedlots during July totaled 1.57 million head, is also 2 percent above 2015. But when it comes to marketing’s, Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 19, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from the Chairman of the House Ag Committee about the next farm bill, why this may not be a normal year for cotton, that Peanut Proud is sending peanut butter to Food Banks in Louisiana and Mississippi, why Americans are Read the rest of this entry »

Growers Invited to View Three New Focus on Cotton Webcasts

cotton-logoCotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network are committed to providing valuable tools and resources to cotton growers as part of an overall commitment to improving the profitability of growing cotton. As a result of their partnership and commitment, they continue producing a suite of Focus on Cotton webcasts that gives the cotton growing community real-time access to scientific information that can be used in the field. Below is information provided by The Cotton Board concerning three new Focus on Cotton webcasts: Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Calendar and Award Winners

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

There are a couple of events scheduled for next week that may be of interest to Southeast farmers. So Tyron Spearman has a quick look at the peanut calendar, and also has information about a recent gathering where they celebrated record breaking crops and yields from last season.


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FDACS Still Concerned with Water

Matt Joyner

Matt Joyner

Water issues are still top of mind for many in Florida and Matt Joyner, director of federal affairs for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says it is still a top issue for his boss, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.


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