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EPA Launches a Voluntary Star-Rating Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift

From the Environmental Protection Agency:

WASHINGTON-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss.

“Every year state and local agencies receive thousands of complaints about the impacts of pesticide drift on people, wildlife and plants,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Our new star-rating system of Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut and Cotton Harvest in Full Swing

According to the latest numbers, peanut and cotton harvest is in full swing across the Southeast. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their Read the rest of this entry »

New “Produce Innovation Award” for Growers Offers $10K and More to Winner

BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP LOGOIn a new effort to recognize growers of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and potatoes whose innovative practices enhance the role of produce in creating better lives through improved yield or quality, better availability or increased demand, Bayer Crop Science opens the application process today for its new Produce Innovation Awards program. Read on to learn more about the award worth $10,000 in cash and a whole lot more to the winning grower. Hear Bayer’s Senior Product Manager Steve Olsen comments.

Promoting Peanuts as Harvest Continues

As peanut harvest continues, Tyron Spearman updates a few of the numbers, along with providing information about a new scholarship and how peanuts were promoted at last week’s Sunbelt Ag Expo.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.

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Peanut Harvest Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut harvest is progressing.


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Helping to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds

USDA and others are backing diversification in how farmers battle the growing problem of herbicide resistant weeds. Rod Bain has the story.


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Revised Peanut Production Numbers

With peanut harvest at the half-way point, Tyron Spearman has a look at the revised production figures for this year’s crop.


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Planters Nutmobile at Sunbelt Expo

sunbelt-planters-nutmobile-Today is the final day of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, and as Tyron Spearman reports, those attending are encouraged to stop by the Georgia Peanut Commission building to see the Planters Nutmobile.


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USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer of the Year; Dairy Program Signup

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Soggy Start to Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbelt-wet-start-2014Gates opened a bit later than normal for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as rain welcomed those who were here to start the event off. More showers are expected today so obviously that will affect the field demo harvesting plans, so I caught up with Farm Manager Michael Chafin to see what their plans are.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Kicks Off Tomorrow

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off tomorrow, as the 37th annual event takes place October 14-16 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Executive Director Chip Blalock says while they have already harvested some of the corn and soybeans, there will still be a lot of harvesting to see.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 10, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at the various crop reports which were released by USDA Friday.

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Slight Change to Peanut Production Numbers

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

USDA released its October crop estimate numbers today, and according to Tyron Spearman, when it comes to peanut numbers there was a slight change made.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Opens Tuesday

sunbeltThe annual Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway next week in Moultrie, Georgia and Tyron Spearman has a look at some of the things folks will want to see while there.


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Farmer Tools Available

Tyron Spearman has more information about some of the new farmers tools that are now available through USDA.


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Crop Reports Will Include Revised Acreage Numbers

A variety of USDA crop reports are coming out at 12-noon Eastern Friday which many people are eagerly awaiting. And according to Lance Honig, with the National Ag Statistics Service, this October report also will include acreage numbers.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Specialty Crop Dollars; Cotton Dispute Agreement

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on nearly $118 million in USDA grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops and news of an agreement to settle the longstanding cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

No Real Changes to Peanut Prices

While a few small moves were found, Tyron Spearman reports there were no real changes in peanut prices this week.


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Looking at Cotton and Peanut Conditions

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

As harvest continues around many areas of the Southeast, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has a look at the condition of both the cotton and peanut crops.


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Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut crop looks and where harvest stands at this time.


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Best Time to Apply Poultry Litter

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

USDA researchers are studying when the best time is to apply poultry litter in the soil, as Rod Bain has the story.


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Busy Week for Peanut Harvest

Conditions for harvest in some areas of the Southeast haven’t been the best the past couple of weeks, but according to Tyron Spearman, many will be working hard this week to get caught up.


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ARC and PLC Education Programs and Southeast Could See a Colder and Dryer Winter

USDA has announced there will be educational opportunities for the new ARC and PLC programs. Tyron Spearman has more on that along with information about what we might be experiencing weather-wise this coming winter.

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Peanut Usage is Up

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The latest stocks and processing report shows that usage of peanuts continues to be strong. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Peanut Posted Price Update and Deadline for Cotton Program Signup Nearing

Tyron Spearman updates this week’s peanut posted price along with reminding cotton growers about a signup deadline that’s coming up.

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Georgia Peanut Commission Traveling to the Classic City to Promote Peanuts

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

TIFTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be traveling to Athens, Georgia, this upcoming weekend to promote peanuts during Homecoming weekend at the University of Georgia. While in Athens, GPC will pass out koozies adorning the Georgia Peanuts logo, as well as its famous little red bags of peanuts to football fans and Athens-area residents, alike.

During the 2013 football season, GPC held the promotion in Athens for the first time and received outstanding results. During the course of the Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut crop looks as of this week and how harvest is progressing.


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