Spot Blotch in Rye

We continue to struggle with tough conditions for some winter annuals. We are seeing some challenges locally in rye planted for forage and seed. I have only observed this in Wrens Abruzzi, but was informed Florida 401 would likely be more susceptible to foliar disease, but am not aware of any planted locally due to seed shortages. …

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Winter Annuals Struggle in Dry Conditions

Looking back on previous posts on FLACROPS.com, I seem to have an infatuation with the El Nino conditions and the expectations for a possible cool, wet winter in the Southeast. However, some of our local farmers have felt like they just can’t buy a rain on their farm this winter and are wondering “What’s going on, …

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An Island of Dryness in a Sea of Rain

We have fortunately been an island of dryness  on the Florida peninsula among a sea of rainfall in the Southeast. This has allowed good harvesting conditions in October and November. Area farmers have some work to do to get in their late soybean and sorghum crops, but conditions have been favorable.  Local fields have been planted …

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Harvest Continues. Where is El Nino?

After a wet September in North Florida, area farmers were treated to a dry October with near perfect harvesting conditions. Many have gone out of their way to remind me I thought we could expect a cooler, wetter fall because of the conditions climatologists have called “Super El Nino.” I’ve heard enough jokes about guys …

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Researchers Study Genetic Diversity of Peanut Disease

In a year dominated by clouds and rainfall, local peanut fields have been inundated with plant diseases. Peanut farmers  utilize fungicides to protect the leaves and the pods developing below ground. However, too much rainfall, while improving growing conditions for fungus, can also reduce the effectiveness of agri-chemicals. Researchers from the University of Florida were recently …

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Spearman Talks “Piles of Peanuts”

Almost 100 farmers and Agribusiness leaders recently met at the Columbia County Peanut Twilight Tour hosted at I.C. Terry Farms. Tyron Spearman, Executive Director of the Peanut Buying Points Association was on-hand to talk about this peanut crop, and those peanuts already in storage. He told guests that there are several “piles of peanuts” that we must systematically …

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El Niño. Can We Have La Niña Back?

I was recently out with a peanut farmer struggling along with others in North Florida to harvest what has the potential to be a very good crop.  Somewhat despaired by rainfall 7 of the last 9 days, he commented, “Is this El Niño?” This followed our previous conversations about being prepared for a high likelihood of above average precipitation …

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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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