Twilight Tour August 27th and FL Peanut Crop

Please join us for a North Florida tradition at the I.C. Terry Farm as we prepare for a safe and bountiful peanut harvest. Dr. Barry Tillman, Peanut Breeder from University of Florida will discuss peanut cultivars, and Tyron Spearman, of the National Peanut Buying Points Association will give a Peanut Market Update. University of Georgia Faculty …

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Blow Their Doors Off, Stroker (Peanut Market)

Much like one of my favorite songs, it looks like we “blew the doors off” the peanut market this year. Farm Service Agency has released the planted acres summary, and there aren’t any positive surprises, from a peanut pricing standpoint. I also suspect the old saying “Big Crops Get Bigger” is in order as well. …

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Columbia County Corn Hybrid Trial (Video)

We were able to get in to harvest the Columbia County Corn Hybrid Trial in between rain showers last week. I’m really thankful for the effort of the team from 83 Farms, as well as all the help from our seed industry, including Monsanto, Pioneer, and Croplan Genetics. This was a late planted field of …

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Inundated with Caterpillars

Inundated=Overwhelmed with things to deal with. We have been hard hit by caterpillars the last 2+ weeks. Starting with Soybean loopers about 14 days ago, and continuing with Velvetbean caterpillar (VBC) the last week. We are well above threshold levels in many peanut and soybean fields locally. Knowing the difference is very important. Control measures required can range from …

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North Florida Corn Harvest

North Florida farmers have been working hard to get their corn crops harvested. Silage harvest is mostly finished, and the earliest planted corn has air dried to about 16% moisture for those who don’t use driers. Late-March planted corn is being harvested and dried in between rain showers. Throughout North Florida, farmers are collecting data …

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Got White Mold?

Judging by the condition of area peanut fields I’ve seen this week I would wager that everybody has some, either that they know about, or that they don’t know about. Although climatologists were expecting a warmer, drier summer in the Southeast, locally rainfall has been frequent and abundant. Diverse reports have been coming in: one …

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Sugarcane Aphids Building

I have been out of town for a week, so unfortunately any observations are not my own. However, going by the number of phone calls I’ve received I’m certain  many fields are above treatment thresholds at this time. I was asked to look at a crop of sorghum before leaving last week, and found a great looking …

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Not “Out of the Woods” Yet

 It has been quite a relief to some local farmers, with the grain markets heading upwards and corn mostly past the dent stage, that we will pull off harvest of this corn crop. Corn silage harvest is well underway, and in just a few weeks grain combines will begin harvest. They tell me that the escaped …

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Researchers Help Farmers Fine-Tune Fertilizer and Irrigation Management

  Corn is an important crop grown in the Suwannee Valley to meet the needs of the dairy, poultry, and beef industries.  Farmers report that at current fuel and fertilizer prices, over 50% of a corn grower’s budget is spent on fertilizers and fuel for irrigation. Increasing the efficiency of this large production expense would …

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Do you ever feel like you missed a week of your life? I’m beginning to wonder where time has gone as this corn crop is quickly wrapping up for the season in North Florida. There has been some chatter about Growing Degree Days (GDDs) well ahead of last year. I recently found the coolest tool yet …

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