Alabama Extension Helping Collect Mystery Seed Packages

Clint Thompson Alabama, Seeds

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) to assist in collecting unsolicited seed packages being sent to Alabama residents from China. The packages often indicate that they contain jewelry rather than seeds. ADAI field inspectors are currently collecting these seed packages to test their contents for unknown compounds, …


ASTA Promotes Safe Handling and Storage of Treated Seed During Harvest

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts, Seeds, Soybeans

Alexandria, VA—August 3, 2020—As harvest begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers about the importance of taking precautions to ensure treated seed does not enter the grain supply.  “Seed treatments provide farmers with an economical means of protecting seeds and seedlings against early-season insect pests and diseases—resulting in stronger and more uniform stands, healthier plants …

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UF Surveys to Identify Impact of Pandemic on Florida’s Agriculture and Marine Industries

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Economy, Equine, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Fruits, General, Hemp, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pasture, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Research, Seeds, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Wheat

(UF/IFAS) — With agriculture and marine industries occupying a large portion of Florida’s economy, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) wants to better understand how measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are impacting these sectors. Starting today, faculty from the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics (FRE) department are deploying surveys to UF/IFAS Extension agents …


Peanut Seed Guidelines

Dan Peanuts, Seeds

Here at peanut planting time, extension specialists are passing along some advice when it comes to taking care of your seed. According to Tyron Spearman, recommendations include making sure soil temperatures are at least 68 degrees before you plant.


U.S. Seed Companies Remain Committed to Meeting Farmer, Consumer Demand

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

(ASTA) — The following is a statement from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne:  “The U.S. seed industry stands with the entire agriculture and food value chain in its commitment to ensuring America’s families have ongoing access to a healthy, safe and affordable food supply as we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.  “The …

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Peanut Tags for Seed

Dan Peanuts, Seeds

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus, there have been various questions about peanut tag season. Tyron Spearman reports that for now, it’s operations as usual.

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Know Peanut Seed Quality Prior to Planting

Clint Thompson Peanuts, Seeds

By Clint Thompson Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist, cautions growers to ask questions and know all the information about their seed before purchasing this spring.  With planting season less than two months away for some farmers, low-quality seed can lead to reduced plant stands and diminished yields. Monfort emphasizes the importance of knowing what the germ …

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Georgia Peanut Seed Update

Dan Peanuts, Seeds

During the recent National Peanut Buying Points Association Annual Meeting, Billy Skaggs with the Georgia Crop Improvement Association reported that certified peanut seed acreage declined this past year from 121,082 acres to 112,178 acres. Tyron Spearman has the story.