The peanut genome is close to the same size as the human genome, but advances in technology mean its mapping could cost less than $6 million. The University of Georgia’s Scott Jackson discussed the project in an interview that followed his presentation at the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation annual meeting....More
The 15th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference held last week offered discussions on issues that growers do not typically get from production meetings. This year’s program offered some new avenues to help farmers become even more efficient and environmentally sound....More
Murray Phillips doesn’t get bored. His diverse Frio County, Texas, farm offers plenty of activity year-round with corn (sweet, white and yellow), cotton, wheat (irrigated and dryland) green beans, spinach, carrots and, his favorite, peanuts....More
Consistent yields and attention to production detail earned Phillips the 2013 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award for the Southwest region.
He farms near Pearsall, Texas, about 50 miles south of San Antonio. Growing conditions here are more like those in the lower Southeast than the more arid West Texas peanut production area....More
While it’s still early to make any hard and fast predictions on the 2013 U.S. peanut crop, it’s fairly certain there will be a significant decrease in planted acreage, even if increased export sales to China are realized....More
A two- or three-year rotation of peanuts with cotton or other crops can help growers manage disease and possibly lower the number of fungicide treatments needed, said an Oklahoma State University Extension specialist....More
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack received a thunderous ovation from a standing room only crowd at the recently completed Commodity Classic when he admonished the U.S. Congress to, “Forget about your party, forget about the people who paid for your last campaign, forget about your next campaign, and just do your job.”...More