New Bayer Nematicide Coming in 2015

July 30, 2014

spgc-14-bayerBayer CropScience is excited about the anticipated launch of a new nematicide in 2015 called Velum Total for cotton and peanuts.

“It’s kind of a Temik replacement,” said Keith Rucker with Bayer at the SPGC. “It’s going to be a liquid in-furrow application you make at planting time. We’ve just had really good research results with this in our trials across the southeastern United States, providing good early season thrips control as well as nematode protection, and bringing some really good yields on top of that.”

Keith says peanut growers are really looking forward to the new product. “With the loss of Temik several years ago, it really left a big hole for producers really needing that nematode protection.”

Listen To MP3Interview with Keith Rucker, Bayer CropScience

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Hormel Skips into Peanut Butter Market

July 30, 2014

spgc14-hormelHormel is mainly known for its meat products – like Spam, for example – but last year they jumped into the peanut butter market with the acquisition of the Skippy brand from Unilever.

“Skippy peanut butter is the largest acquisition we ever made,” said Mike Guanella, Hormel Senior Product Manager, who spoke at the SPGC. “We actually were in the peanut butter business back in the 1930s but got out of that very quickly and been focused on hog and turkey processing.”

Mike says Skippy has two main benefits for Hormel. “One is, it’s a protein and Hormel is a protein company,” he said. “Second is, it’s a great brand, it’s a brand people know and love.”

Hormel has already made some market share growth since taking over the brand. “This brand is the largest in the center of the store for Hormel, so you can imagine the attention that it’s getting and we’re seeing some of the benefits of that attention,” said Mike.

Listen To MP3Interview with Mike Guanella, Hormel Foods

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New from Syngenta for Peanuts

July 30, 2014

spgc14-syngentaSyngenta is one of the companies that has been a sponsor of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference since the very beginning, and for good reason.

“We live and die by peanuts,” says Syngenta’s Lyle Stewart who has been handling the southeastern district for the company nearly two decades. “We’ve always have a tremendous portfolio for peanuts and we continue to.”

Syngenta just recently received approval for Besiege insecticide in peanuts. “It’s a pre-mix of two different chemistries that helps from a resistance standpoint,” said Lyle. Besiege provides protection against key lepidopteran insect pests, including soybean looper, corn earworm, armyworm, sorghum webworm and tobacco budworm, as well as damaging secondary pests like stinkbugs and sorghum midge.

Lyle says next year they have a new fungicide coming on the market called Elatus, which we will hear more about soon.
Listen To MP3Interview with Lyle Stewart, Syngenta

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Generic Base Basics

July 29, 2014

spgc14-marshallOne of the most interesting, yet not yet clearly understood, parts of the new farm bill is the conversion of cotton base acres to generic base acres and what that means for peanut growers.

“We can convert generic cotton base into one of the covered programs commodities, peanuts being one of them,” said Dr. Marshall Lamb, research leader at the USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory. “When that came about, a lot of growers became more interested in possibly expanding peanut production to get the generic base payments.”

But Dr. Lamb thinks that’s a mistake because of the current oversupply situation. “Also, you have to produce the peanuts. When prices are low, you might get a higher payment from the additional generic acres, but you’re going to lose it producing the peanuts. When prices are high, you won’t get the payments but you might make money producing the peanuts,” he said. That’s why he says rotation is more important now than ever. Listen To MP3Interview with Dr. Marshall Lamb, USDA-ARS

spgc14-fletcherDr. Stanley Fletcher with the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness (NCPC) gave the final presentation of the SPGC on managing farm base in the new farm bill.

I recorded Dr. Fletcher’s presentation and we should be getting his power point to post as well. He provides some very detailed and important information for farmers to consider so this is worth 30 minutes of your time to hear.

Listen To MP3Presentation by Dr. Stanley Fletcher, NCPC

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BASF Priaxor New for Peanuts

July 29, 2014

spgc14-basfThe BASF peanut team was out in force at the 14th Southern Peanut Growers Conference to talk about what’s new for farmers in the southeast.

Our good friend Dan Watts, district sales manager for BASF, says this year they are pleased to offer Priaxor for peanuts. “Priaxor is some new chemistry that’s a combination of two fungicides. We taken the standard, tried and true Headline product, combined with a new chemistry called Xemium. We have it in peanuts this year, we’ll have it in cotton next year and we hope it’s another tool that growers can utilize to maybe go from 7000 pounds to 8000 pounds!

Dan says he loves being able to work with peanut growers because he thinks they grow a great crop. “We are taking a product that comes from the ground and turned into peanut butter and Snickers bars and salted peanuts – these are fun crops!”

Listen To MP3Interview with Dan Watts, BASF

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New High Yield for Georgia

July 28, 2014

spgc14-ga-yieldWhen the University of Georgia began recognizing peanut farmers for high yields, it was originally called the “One Ton Club.” Now we’re getting closer to FOUR tons!

The overall state yield winner in the Georgia Peanut Achievement Awards was Philip Grimes from Tifton who hit a yield of 7,084 pounds, the highest ever. “We had a lot of rain last year and we had an aggressive spray program and the peanuts done real well,” he said. Being in the farming business for 40 years, Philip is not sure he ever expected to see yields this high. “We used to make two tons, now three and a half – it’s really amazing the genetics they have in the peanut varieties now,” he added. Listen To MP3Interview with Philip Grimes, Georgia state yield winner

UGA Extension Weed Specialist Eric Prostko filled in as the awards emcee this year after John Beasley retired and moved to Auburn University after last year. “But we have a new agronomist coming on Scott Mumford, we stole from Clemson, and ultimately he’ll be doing some of these duties with the peanut team,” Eric said, noting that Scott Tubbs has been filling the agronomist role since John left at the end of last year.

Eric says the “One Ton Club” started back in the 1950s and the new record this year was amazing. “Now we’re over 7,000 and I can see these growers getting 8,000 at some point, especially with the new varieties that we’ll potentially have in the future,” he said. Listen To MP3Interview with Eric Prostko, UGA Extension Weed Specialist

The Georgia Peanut Achievement Awards are sponsored by Syngenta, BASF – and now Bayer Crop Science as well.

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2014 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards

July 28, 2014

spgc14-profitabilityThe winners of the 2014 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards once again included some amazing farmers who make up the best of the best.

This year’s honorees, pictured here in the front row, are:
Upper Southeast Region — Billy Bain, Dinwiddie, Va.
Southwest Region — Isaac, John and George Guenther, Gaines County, Texas
Lower Southeast Region — Owen Yoder, Orrville, Ala.

spgc14-owenOwen just started growing peanuts in 2011 and he gives a lot of credit to the good Lord for his profitability in 2011. “I have to give credit to the timely rains and the good weather as the reasons why we did get the good yields,” he said. “Everything just kinda came together – good yields, good grades and low inputs is what made this happen.”

Owen is more than modest about his success in peanut farming, since profitability is about more than just good weather and good yields. As a diversified farmer, Owen also grows cotton, soybeans, grain sorghum, corn and wheat, and he decided to get into peanuts three years ago for rotation. “Any crop that you can add to your rotation complements another crop,” he said.

Listen To MP3Interview with Owen Yoder, Peanut Profitability award winner

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