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

2014 SPGC photo album


All Star Peanut Conference Plans

July 10, 2009

The 11th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference promises to be a “star-studded” event. The conference gets underway Sunday July 12 at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida with an all-star line up featuring sessions on food safety, marketing, communications, and more.

The stars will all come out Tuesday night for the annual dinner and entertainment as we roll out the red carpet with an Oscar night theme. Conducting red carpet interviews for P! Entertainment will be the almost-famous Joan Goobers and her daughter Melissa.

Here’s a hat’s off to this year’s sponsors of the conference.

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
Alabama Peanut Producers Association
Florida Peanut Producers Association
Georgia Peanut Commission
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association
Peanut Advisory Board
Bayer CropScience
National Peanut Board
Trimble Agriculture/Ag Technologies, LLC
Farm Press
First South Farm Credit
National Peanut Buying Points Association
Dow AgroSciences
Alabama Farmers Federation
Arysta LifeScience
Becker Underwood
Birdsong Peanuts
EMD Crop BioScience, Inc.
Farm Progress
Georgia Farm Bureau
Golden Peanut Co.
Nichino America, Inc.
Southwest Georgia Farm Credit
Stallings Crop Insurance/ProAg
Peanut Grower
Southeastern Peanut Farmer
GrassWorks Weed Wiper LLC

Presented by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
– in conjunction with –
Auburn University, University of Florida and
University of Georgia

Peanuts on Panama City Beach

May 6, 2009

It’s been a tough year for peanuts – time for a little R&R!

Peanut beachDetails have been finalized and registration is now officially underway for the 2009 Southern Peanut Growers Conference July 12-14 at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida.

You can register on-line here – or you can print out and fax in or mail this pdf registration form.

There will be plenty of time for rest and relaxation on the beautiful Emerald Coast, but the meeting does have its serious side as well. Business sessions will mix Peanuts and Politics, Production Issues and an Industry Update, as well as the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award & Grower Panel. Check out the entire schedule in pdf form online here.

Sponsorship opportunities
are still available for this 11th annual conference, which includes peanut producers and industry representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi – as well as most other peanut growing regions of the nation. Join with companies like Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, BASF, Valent, Trimble Agriculture/Ag Technologies, Farm Press, Farm Progress, Peanut Grower, Southeastern Peanut Farmer and more in helping to support this important meeting.

Thanks once again to Trimble Agriculture/Ag Technologies for their sponsorship of this conference blog where we will provide regular updates prior to the conference, as well as photos, audio interviews, video and more during the meeting itself. If you are a first time visitor to the SPGC blog, make sure you go backwards in time by scrolling down and checking out last year’s event coverage, especially the Flickr photo album.

Hope to see you in Panama City Beach July 12-14!

Post Update – Another Video Added

July 21, 2008

Just added another YouTube video to the post about the “What Would You Do In Congress?” session.

There are a total of four YouTube videos from the conference posted on this site. Just click on video in the categories menu and all four should pop up.

If anyone has other photos or videos they would like to add to this site, just email me – – and we will get it done. If you upload the videos to YouTube, all you have to do is send me the link and a brief explanation. Photos can be emailed and I will add them to the Flickr Photo album.

You are also welcome to add your comments to any of the posts. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how this coverage worked for you.

Farm Press Peanut Profitability Winners

July 15, 2008

2008 Peanut Profitability WinnersThree producers from the major peanut growing regions of the country were honored Tuesday morning as the 2008 Peanut Profitability Award Winners, presented by Farm Press/Penton Media and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.

Left to right, the winners are William McElveen of Bishopville, SC; Otis Johnson of Seminole, TX; and Mike Nugent of Willacoochie, GA.

Nugent farms 330 acres in the southern part of Georgia and his 2007 crop was the result of a 14-year rotation. His yield was nearly 5,000 pounds per acre and he says main profitability secrets were “management, no-till doesn’t hurt, and watching inputs.”

Listen to an interview with Mike here:

Listen To MP3Mike Nugent (2:00 min MP3)

Otis Johnson says producing peanuts profitably in the Texas southern plains demands efficient water management. “Water is a very valuable resource anywhere, but especially in Texas,” he says. “So, using water in agriculture is basically selling water cheap. Otis averaged 6,600 pounds per acre last year on 523 acres, with one 60 acre field making 7,710 pounds.

Listen to an interview with Otis here:

Listen To MP3Otis Johnson (2:30 min MP3)

William McElveen is a farming convert who started out in his professional life as a teacher but soon decided to get back to the land to supplement his teaching. As far as profitability is concerned, he doesn’t recommend cost-cutting because “you might cost yourself more money than you’re saving” but he does recommend seeking advice from the experts.

Listen to an interview with William here:

Listen To MP3William McElveen (3:30 min MP3)

Be sure to check out the photo album for more pictures of these winners with their supportive spouses and families, as well as the editors and publishers of Farm Press who make this award possible with the help of many peanut industry sponsors.

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

Bayer CropScience Proud to Be a 10-Year Sponsor

July 14, 2008

Bayer CropScience at SPGCNine companies have been sponsors of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference for all ten years of its existence and one of them is Bayer CropScience. Here is a family photo of the Bayer team at their booth here, with the recognition award they received for ten years of sponsorship on display.

I finally got a chance to chat with regional sales manager Chris Payne about Bayer CropScience peanut products. “There’s been a lot of changes in our company and the peanut industry in the last ten years,” Chris says. “We’ve had new product labels like Provost fungicide, we’ve seen changes in growth in the Temik at-plant business, as well as Absolute fungicide.”

Chris says it has been their pleasure to be a sponsor for the conference for the last ten years. Listen to his interview here:

Listen To MP3Chris Payne (4:00 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album

Congressman Recognized for Support

July 14, 2008

Congressman Terry Everett of Alabama is retiring after 16 years representing the interests of peanut producers and other southeastern farmers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Everett and GriggsCongressman Everett is pictured here with Randy Griggs of the Alabama Peanut Producers after he was recognized by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation for his many years of service to the industry, especially as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Everett a member of the Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture programs, and a member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research. He also serves as a co-chair of the House Congressional Peanut Caucus.

I did a quick interview with Congressman Everett about the Farm Bill and the importance of water issues facing the southeast. He calls the Farm Bill “the best bill we could get under the circumstances” and he notes that agriculture still faces major challenges from critics and energy costs. “One thing Congress should do is get away from this partisan bickering and do something about energy costs because they’re not doing it at this moment,” Everett says.

Listen to Congressman Everett here:

Listen To MP3Congressman Terry Everett (2:00 min MP3)

Southern Peanut Grower Conference Photo Album