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

2018 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

The 20th Anniversary Conference is Underway

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Yesterday the cake was cut (see video below) and this year’s Conference is officially underway. Families started rolling in as registration got started here at Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, FL.

As always, we started the conference by interviewing each of the state executive directors about current issues, including the farm bill, trade and the state of this year’s crop. Listen to or download those below:

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with Caleb Bristow, Alabama

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with Ken Barton, Florida

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with Don Koehler, Georgia

Listen To MP3 SPGC18 Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi

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Celebrating 20 Years of Southern Peanut Growers Conference

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The 20th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 19-21, 2018 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida.

The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, the event focuses on the family by offering family activities and a golf tournament. Farmers are also able to visit with many of the conference sponsors throughout the event.

Vantage Southeast is once again sponsor of the official conference blog, where you can find photos, interviews and news about the meeting, as well as archives going back to 2008.

Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler helped to organize the first conference 20 years ago with his counterparts in Alabama and Florida. “I’m excited that this conference has grown and happy that we’ve seen 20 years of success,” said Koehler.

Among the timely topics that will be addressed at the conference is the 2018 farm bill and House Agriculture Committee member Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) will be attending to provide farmers with an update.

In this interview, Koehler provides look back on 20 years of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and a preview of this year’s conference this week. Listen To MP3 Interview with Don Koehler, Ga Peanut Commission

Here are some important links:
Conference Schedule
Online Registration
Resort map

Thanks to Our 2018 SPGC Sponsors

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Vantage Southeast Loyal to Peanut Industry

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Vantage Southeast (formally Ag Technologies) got its start helping provide precision agriculture solutions for peanut growers and they remain a priority for the company.

“We’ve always tried to stay true to the ones the brought us to the dance,” said company representative Travis Kelly who enjoys coming back every year to see farmer customers and being part of the Southern Peanut Growers family.

“When we first started sponsoring this, we didn’t have kids but now we do…so we can come down and bring our families,” he said. “Everybody’s just so relaxed and in shorts and flip flops!”

Vantage Southeast also continues to sponsor this conference blog, which has become an archive now of every SPGC since 2008. Thanks to them and to all the sponsors for making this great conference possible!

Listen To MP3 Interview with Travis Kelly, Vantage Southeast

Check out both photo albums:

2017 SPGC Family Album

2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Alabama Peanut Efficiency Award Winner

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For Curry Parker of Headland, Alabama, hard work and sharp eyes are his most important assets when it comes to being an efficient farmer and winner of this year’s Farm Press Peanut Efficiency Award for the lower Southeast region.

“I did it by not being lazy, do whatever the crop needs, and use my eyes to see what’s going on,” Curry said after receiving the award. He also says he does just fine without a computer. “We have the RTK on the tractors, but that’s the only technology I use,” he said.

Get to know Curry in this interview: Listen To MP3 Interview with Curry Parker, Lower SE Peanut Efficiency Award Winner

Check out both photo albums:

2017 SPGC Family Album

2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Welcome UPI to the Southern Peanut Growers Family

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It’s always wonderful to meet a new addition to the Southern Peanut Growers family and this year we had the pleasure of meeting Alexis Benge-Bromley with UPI, a global crop protection product company based in Pennsylvania.

Being a Mississippi native, Alexis felt right at home and will definitely be back again next year. “I’ve had a chance to meet with a lot of growers, and people in the industry down to the buyers point, down to the consumers,” Alexis said.

UPI (United Phosphorus, Inc.) was started in 1969 and has been a premier supplier of crop protection products and plant technologies designed for the agricultural, professional, and aquatics markets.

Welcome Alexis – and we’ll see you next year at the 20th Southern Peanut Growers Conference!

Listen To MP3 Interview with Alexis Benge-Bromley, UPI

Check out both photo albums:

2017 SPGC Family Album

2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

2017 Peanut Efficiency Awards

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LtoR – Winners Curry Parker, Ray Davis, and Jake Teichroeb, Dr. Marshall Lamb

The annual Peanut Efficiency Awards were presented at the 2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The annual awards presented by Farm Press are based on production proficiency, honoring growers who produce the highest yields by using inputs wisely and effectively based on a their entire farm operation.

This year’s winners are:
Lower SE Region – Curry Parker of Headland, AL
Upper SE Region – Ray Davis, Jr. of Southampton County, VA
Southwest Region – Jake Teichroeb of Welch, Texas

This is the 18th year for the award program, which was known as the Peanut Profitability Awards until 2015. Program coordinator Dr. Marshall Lamb with the USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory took an historical look at nominees for the awards over the past 17 years and found they have collectively led the way for increasing yield and adopting new technology.

“These farmers are staying ahead of the yield increases that we are seeing in the United States,” said Lamb. When the program first started, the national average yield was 2,860 pounds per acre, but award nominees averaged 4,400 pounds per acre. In recent years, nominees have averaged 6,300 pounds per acre compared to the national average of 3,800 pounds per acre.

Learn more in this interview with Marshall:

Listen To MP3 Interview with Marshall Lamb, USDA Peanut Research Lab

Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album