Early Peanuts Cracking…Still too Early?

I am seeing peanuts planted on April 1st just cracking the surface as of April 10th. This emergence timing is typical for the fields we get planted around the 1st of April each year.  There are a few acres planted locally where farmers are trying to plant into available soil moisture and stretch their harvesting window by getting some peanuts planted early, some …

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Peanuts…”Prospective Plantings”

The peanut industry was patiently awaiting the Prospective Plantings report by USDA on March 31, 2014. Leading up to the report I saw several predictions in print of a 10-15% increase in planted acres. However this report apparently blasted those expectations. I guess we will know soon enough as peanut planters are now rolling in …

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Conservation Farmers and Soil Health Meeting (Video)

Conservation Farmers in North Central Florida are getting their corn crops planted and applying burndown herbicides. They know a thick mulch layer will keep soil temperatures lower and will conserve soil moisture from their non-irrigated fields until peanut and cotton planters roll in a few weeks. We have a wide variety of cover crops and …

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Planting Grain Corn Trials (Video)

We planted the Columbia County Grain Corn Trials on 3/14. Conditions were good at the time but we have received about 4″ of rain since we finished planting the field. I worked with the crew from 83 Farms to get these planted on their farm in Columbia County. We installed these plots in a randomized, replicated design, with three …

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What is the Farm Bill?

There has been much chatter in the agricultural community about the Farm Bill which was recently signed into law. The final version of the Farm Bill was identified as the Agriculture Act of 2014. This version was a compromise between the House and Senate versions which were several years in development. The Farm Bill is …

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The Farm Bill: What’s the Big Deal?

United States Congressman Ted Yoho recently convened a town hall style forum with North Florida farmers and agribusinesses to discuss the recently passed Farm Bill. The meeting was a result of many area stakeholders contacting the Congressman to discuss the ramifications of the new law on their livelihood. The concerns of these farmers are basically two-fold. …

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Harvesting Small Grains for Silage (Video)

See Video Here: Rye Silage Harvest on YouTube Area farmers are beginning to harvest small grains for silage in North Florida. One of our Columbia County farmers recently had a custom harvester in to mow, fluff, rake, chop, and bag a rye crop which will be fed to dairy and beef cows in the area. While rye is not …

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Cold Injury to Oats

I continue to see and hear problems from farmers who are growing Oats this winter. Oats are the most susceptible to cold injury of the small grains we grow in the area and a series of nights with temperatures below freezing are have showed the results. The low temperature of 22 F on January 7th is …

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Belle of the Ball

  I was caught off guard this week when a reporter from WCJB-TV, Lauren Lettelier, contacted me about the increase in cotton farming  in our region. Her interests included a particular emphasis on profitability. From a historical context, I am a firm believer that cotton is one of our “leaner” industries. Without a few good years in the …

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Watching the Peanut Market

Most of our local farmers are getting back to the business of  planning their crop rotations and budgeting for 2014. We are starting to hear chatter about the Peanut Market  and contracting opportunities. This is an important time for farmer planning so they have as much information available as possible. Mr. Jim Moore of JRJ …

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