Early Season Peanut Reminders

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We had a good turnout at our peanut meeting last week with UGA Extension Agronomist Dr. Scott Montfort and UGA Entomologist Dr. Mark Abney. Dr. Montfort covered agronomic practices and presented a variety update. Here are some thoughts he has for upcoming year:

  1. Remember the importance of Soil Sampling. Do not ignore deficiencies or toxicity problems. They will cost us yield and profit. This will be more of a problem where we are renting new land and may not know much of the rotation or fertility history.
  2. Remember that if you are growing Georgia-12Y, it is susceptible to Rhizoctonia Limb Rot. Adjust fungicide programs accordingly.
  3. Germination Issues: Growers should consider saving about a pound of seed out of each lot they plant. The sample can be used later to help diagnose potential germination issues. The samples will need to be kept in a cool place until plants stands are assessed. After stands are assessed, the 1 pound samples can be used for germination tests or properly discarded.
  4. Do not plant in April until 4 inch soil temperatures reach 68 degrees for 3 to 4 consecutive days with no severe cool snaps expected within 5 days.
  5. Clean and calibrate in-furrow equipment for inoculants and insecticides before planting and keep a check on them as they progress through the planting season.
Dr. Scott Monfort presents at the Thomas County Peanut Production Update

Dr. Scott Monfort presents at the Thomas County Peanut Production Update

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