Syngenta Brings Color to SPGC

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Syngenta appreciates the Southern Peanut Growers Conference each year as an opportunity to visit with growers.

“The Southern Peanut Growers Conference is always well attended, and it’s always a great chance to see farmers and a lot of producers that you know and visit with them about the latest technology, find out what they’re doing, find out what’s working, what’s not working, what are the conditions on their farm,” said Wilson Faircloth, Agronomy Services Representative. “You’re kind of halfway through the season, so you can kind of ground check some things and kind of helps you know how the rest of the season may play out.”

Faircloth said Syngenta continues to offer fungicides in Elatus and Miravis that are well positioned to help growers fight tough diseases like white mold and leaf spot.

Listen To MP3 Wilson Faircloth, Syngenta (3:00)

Vantage Southeast Continues Blog Sponsorship

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Vantage Southeast continues to support the Southern Peanut Growers Conference year after year.

“We’ve always been firmly planted with the peanut growers. We started out with guidance just because of being able to plant and dig your peanuts correctly. We’re very focused on precision, just making sure that we can line back up and not tear fruit off the vine,” said Travis Kelley, Vice President of Technical Solutions. “We do full planter restorations, everything that you need to get a seed in the ground, we can pretty much deal with it before and after and in between harvests.”

Kelley said growers in his service area had a lot of rain early in the season, and more recent precipitation has slowed down spraying. But, he said things were planted in a timely fashion and crops are generally doing well.

Listen To MP3 Travis Kelley, Vantage Southeast (2:16)

FMC Brings Together Peanuts and Pirates

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FMC once again stepped up to hoist the Jolly Roger and treat the Southern Peanut Growers crew mates to a pirate party.

Those enjoying the pirate cruise included Blaire Colvin, technical service manager for FMC‘s southeast region. Colvin said FMC offers a strong portfolio for peanuts, including a new insecticide, herbicide and fungicide currently available. She said the conference is a key meeting for FMC where growers can share ideas about what to spray and other technical aspects of farming.

Listen To MP3 Blaire Colvin, FMC (2:28)

Getting Ready for the Next Farm Bill

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During the third general session, which focused on the state of U.S peanut policy, Dr. Stanley Fletcher with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation shared his thoughts on the upcoming Farm Bill process and important considerations for peanut growers. Fletcher said determining the cost of production is key. He also described a few “elephants in the room” including basis, reference price and crop insurance that will require input from peanut growers as Farm Bill listening sessions occur.

Corteva Carries the Banner for Peanuts

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Corteva Territory Manager Tony Brunson appreciates the relaxed atmosphere at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and the opportunity it presents for him and his company to connect with growers. He describes Corteva’s investment as a reimbursement in what they’re doing for farmers when it comes to research and development, with lots of products aimed specifically at peanut growers.

Listen To MP3 Tony Brunson, Corteva (3:06)

Redding Firm Policy Update

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The third general session at the 2021 Southern Peanut Growers Conference featured several speakers, including Bob Redding of The Redding Firm in Washington, D.C. Redding spoke on topics like the next Farm Bill, nutrition programs and USDA challenges, climate infrastructure, guest worker programs, and unfilled positions important to agriculture at the state and federal level.

BASF Continues Major Support for Peanut Growers

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BASF Sales Representative William Reed continues to support the Southern Peanut Growers Conference as he finds it to be a valuable opportunity for growers to get together and talk about what’s happening on farms through the current growing season.

Reed said wet conditions have been challenging peanut growers in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, and does not remember another year when things were this far behind. He is excited about the newest BASF fungicide for use in peanuts, called Provysol.

Listen To MP3 William Reed, BASF (3:09)

Vision for Automation in the Future

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The second general session of the 2021 Southern Peanut Growers Conference provided a Vision for Farm Automation in the Future.

Three panelists spoke on that topic, including Chad Carney with Blue River Technology/John Deere. Carney said while innovation in agriculture used to be about getting bigger, faster, and stronger, the industry has seen a shift in last 20 years towards precision agriculture and getting smarter and more precise to make things easier for farmers.

Dr. Wes Porter from the University of Georgia shared the importance of defining on-farm automation and looking for opportunities to automate on the farm and at the processing level.

Dr. Joby Czarnecki from Mississippi State University believes it is important think about ways unmanned aerial vehicles can collaborate with ground-based autonomous vehicles to help with efficiency on the farm.

Listen to their comments and an interview with Czarnecki below.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Dr. Joby Czarnecki, MS State University (7:03)

General Session II – Vision for Farm Automation in the Future
Listen To MP3 Chad Carney, Blue River Technology (17:42)

Listen To MP3 Dr. Wes Porter, University of Georgia (31:00)

HogEye is Your Feral Pig Solution

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Feral hog damage costs $1.5 billion annually in the U.S. and farmers in the southeast know only too well the havoc these wild animals can cause on the land.

HogEye Cameras has a solution and they were happy to be part of the Southern Peanut Farmers Conference to spread the news. Jack Robertson says their company specializes in camera systems for trapping nuisance animals.

“The camera systems we make are live feed video,” said Robertson. “It makes it more efficient because the user is actually live watching so you can see the pigs in the trap and those still outside the trap so the landowner can make an informed decision on when to deploy the trap.”

The system comes with solar panels to provide the energy for the live feed camera 24/7.

Learn more in this interview.

Listen To MP3 Jack Robertson, Hogeye (10:28)

Future of Peanut Value and Grading

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T.E. Moye, Karl Zimmer, Marshall Lamb

The first general session of the 2021 Southern Peanut Growers Conference was focused on the future, specifically the future of peanut value and grading. Three industry experts shared their thoughts and entertained questions on that important topic.

T.E. Moye joined the Georgia Federal State Inspection Service as President and CFO in 2011. As a farmer, he was the recipient of the 2009 Farm Press Profitability Award for the lower Southeast.

Karl Zimmer is president and CEO of Premium Peanut, a grower-owned peanut sheller processing nearly 10 percent of the U.S. peanut crop. He is also chairman of the American Peanut Shellers Association.

Dr. Marshall Lamb is research leader at the USDA ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory and is no stranger to the SPGC since he serves as the national program adviser for the Farm Press Peanut Efficiency Award.

Listen to their comments and an interview with Moye below.

Listen To MP3 Interview T.E. Moye, GA Federal-State Inspection Service (5:43)

General Session I – Future Vision of Peanut Value and Grading

Listen To MP3 Karl Zimmer, Premium Peanut (24:48)

Listen To MP3 T.E. Moye, GA Federal-State Inspection Service (27:39)

Listen To MP3 Dr. Marshall Lamb, USDA-ARS National Peanut Research Lab (17:42)