Syngenta Brings Miravis to the Market

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Syngenta celebrated 20 years as a sponsor for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference by bringing a new solution to growers – Miravis fungicide for leaf spot control in peanuts.

“We just received registration for that at the end of May,” says district sales manager Lyle Stewart. “The residual control that we are seeing on that is amazing.”

Stewart says growers are also pleased with the results they have been seeing from Elatus fungicide, which has been on the market for three years now, especially for white mold.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 interview with Lyle Stewart, Syngenta

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Engineering for Agriculture

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The University of Georgia is exploring how engineering can help agriculture meet new challenges.

Dr. Donald Leo, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, has been working with the Georgia Peanut Commission to find ways to work together. “One of them is getting our students more involved in the challenges and opportunities you have in the agriculture industry,” said Dr. Leo during the Friday luncheon, sponsored by BASF.

Dr. Leo says robotics, artificial intelligence, apps, and drones are all areas where different engineering disciplines can come together to help farmers.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 speaker Dr. Donald Leo, UGA College of Engineering

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2018 Valor Award Goes To J. Frank McGill

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J. Frank McGill was chosen as this year’s Valor Award winner, sponsored by Valent. Known as “Mr. Peanut,” Dr. McGill served as president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society; chairman of the University of Georgia Agronomists, the U.S. Task Force on Peanut Policy and the U.S. Peanut Improvement Working Group. He was technical advisor to the Georgia Peanut Commission, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, National Peanut Council and National Peanut Growers Group. He traveled to 21 foreign countries as a peanut consultant.

Still very active at 92 years old, Dr. McGill was unable to make it to the conference to receive his award because he just recently fell off a ladder and hurt his ankle. But we did have a nice video of him, which can be viewed below.

The award was presented by David Yoder with Valent, which has been a sponsor of the conference for 20 years. The award is named for Valent’s popular peanut herbicide.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Valor award interview with David Yoder, Valent

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Bayer Loves Peanuts

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Bayer is one of the premiere sponsor companies of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, celebrating 20 years of supporting peanut growers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Peanuts are an important part of our business for Bayer,” says district sales manager John Hand. “We enjoy the relationship that we have with the peanut growers association and we look forward to being a sponsor here every year.”

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with John Hand, Bayer

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ABAC Rural Prosperity Center is Official

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the state legislature officially created the Center for Rural Prosperity & Innovation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College earlier this year with the goal of addressing the conditions, needs, issues, and problems affecting rural economic development as well as examining related policy areas, like the farm bill.

Dr. Stanley Fletcher is a policy professor at the new center, formally with the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness, who has worked farm bills going back 25 years. He presented information at the conference this year on the importance of representative peanut farms when it comes to developing farm bill policy.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 presentation Dr. Stanley Fletcher, ABAC Center for Rural Prosperity

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Welcome to New Sponsor FMC

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FMC Agricultural Solutions joined the Southern Peanut Growers Conference family this year as a new sponsor.

Regional sales rep Cindy Kurtz was pleased to attend the event and talk about what they have to offer peanut farmers, including a new fungicide with expected registration in 2019. “Lucento is going to be a fantastic product for peanut farmers in the southeast to address one of the major diseases, white mold,” said Kurtz.

Learn more about Lucento here:

Listen To MP3 Interview with Cindy Kurtz, FMC

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FAPRI Looks at Peanuts

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Established in 1984 by a grant from the U.S. Congress, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) uses comprehensive data and computer modeling systems to analyze the economic impact of policy decisions on the food and agriculture industry. FAPRI director Dr. Pat Westhoff shared some of his insights on the economic impact of the farm bill at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference this year.

Dr. Westhoff talked about how FAPRI’s projections earlier this year are being impacted by the uncertain trade situation with China and how it all can impact peanuts.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 interview with Dr. Pat Westhoff, FAPRI

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 presentation Dr. Pat Westhoff, FAPRI

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NewLeaf Symbiotics Offers Biological for Peanuts

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NewLeaf Symbiotics launched a new class of agricultural biologicals this year and a product targeted specifically for peanuts.

Terrasym™ nutrient-enhancing products are a totally new class of natural, beneficial biologicals called M-trophs. Terrasym 401 is a seed treatment for soybeans that maximizes the yield potential by enhancing plant nutrition and Terrasym 402 is a bio-complement applied to peanuts that provides season-long performance and significantly higher yields. Both products are marketed through a network of strong regional partners.

Vice president for business development Mike McFatrich says they attended the Southern Peanut Growers Conference this year for the first time to showcase this new technology.

Listen To MP3 Interview with Mike McFatrich, New Leaf Symbiotics

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Peanuts Help Drive the Rural Economy

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Dr. Kent Wolfe, director of the Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development at the University of Georgia, says increasing population movement out of rural counties make farming even more important to the economic health of those areas.

“Peanut production in those communities is very, very vital,” said Dr. Wolfe in his presentation to the SPGC. “It supports a lot of the other businesses and industries in the county.”

Listen to an interview with Dr. Wolfe and his presentation here.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview Dr. Kent Wolfe, UGA Agribusiness and Economic Development

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 presentation Dr. Kent Wolfe, UGA

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Southern Peanut Farmers Federation Activities

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Jessie Bland with the Georgia Peanut Commission and Kaye Lynn Hataway of the Alabama Peanut Producers provided an update on recent activities of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation (SPFF) on behalf of its members in all four states.

Jessie talked about research and promotion efforts, while Kaye Lynn discussed some of the education and legislative outreach.


SPFF was established in 1998 to allow Southeastern peanut producers to speak with a unified voice on policy issues and to avoid duplication in research and promotional efforts.

One program that has been particularly beneficial to the industry is the Peanut Leadership Academy, sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection and the American Peanut Shellers Association. The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and today includes growers from Mississippi, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia as well as sheller representatives.

Learn more about what SPFF has done for you lately by listening to their presentations and interviews here.

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Jessie Bland, GA Peanut Commission

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Kaye Lynn Hataway, Alabama Peanut Producers

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with Kaye Lynn Hataway, Alabama

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with Jessie Bland, Georgia

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