Generic Base Basics

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One of the most interesting, yet not yet clearly understood, parts of the new farm bill is the conversion of cotton base acres to generic base acres and what that means for peanut growers. “We can convert generic cotton base into one of the covered programs commodities, peanuts being one of them,” said Dr. Marshall Lamb, research leader at the … Read More

BASF Priaxor New for Peanuts

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The BASF peanut team was out in force at the 14th Southern Peanut Growers Conference to talk about what’s new for farmers in the southeast. Our good friend Dan Watts, district sales manager for BASF, says this year they are pleased to offer Priaxor for peanuts. “Priaxor is some new chemistry that’s a combination of two fungicides. We taken the … Read More

New High Yield for Georgia

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When the University of Georgia began recognizing peanut farmers for high yields, it was originally called the “One Ton Club.” Now we’re getting closer to FOUR tons! The overall state yield winner in the Georgia Peanut Achievement Awards was Philip Grimes from Tifton who hit a yield of 7,084 pounds, the highest ever. “We had a lot of rain last … Read More

2014 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards

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The winners of the 2014 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards once again included some amazing farmers who make up the best of the best. This year’s honorees, pictured here in the front row, are: Upper Southeast Region — Billy Bain, Dinwiddie, Va. Southwest Region — Isaac, John and George Guenther, Gaines County, Texas Lower Southeast Region — Owen Yoder, Orrville, … Read More

Serious Thoughts from a Funny Guy

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Damian Mason is a seriously funny guy. Known as “Agriculture’s Professional Funny Man,” Damian combines his sharp wit and intelligent humor with the two topics he knows best: agriculture and business. “I’m a farm boy and a farm owner, I have an agricultural economics degree, raised on a dairy farm,” he said in an interview after his luncheon presentation at … Read More

Some New SPGC Sponsors

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The Southern Peanut Growers Conference had a record crowd this year at nearly 700 and a record number of sponsors. Among the new sponsors this year were the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) and Farm Credit of Florida and Northwest Florida. Bill Moore with Conger LP Gas in Tifton, Georgia was representing PERC with a display featuring one of … Read More

Perfectly Powerful Peanut Packs Punch

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Move over Incredible Edible Egg and Other White Meat, there’s a new brand in town and it’s packing a powerful punch. The National Peanut Board (NPB) is very excited about the new “Perfectly Powerful Peanut” brand that seems just, well – perfect. “We evaluated what we needed to do with our brand platform for peanuts and decided we needed something … Read More

Arkansas Congressman at SPGC

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In keeping with a fine tradition of bringing outstanding farm state lawmakers to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, this year we were honored to hear from Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Crawford talked about the struggles in getting a farm bill finally passed this year and his belief that it should be called … Read More

Market Trends – Numbers and China

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The first general session at the 2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference took a long term look at peanut markets and one word was mentioned by all the speakers – China. George Lovatt with Lovatt and Rushing peanut brokerage company talked numbers, the most important of which for farmers are prices – which are down – and acreage, which is up. … Read More

Updates from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi

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Every year we get an update from the executive directors of each of the state peanut organizations involved in the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. We already heard from Florida, so here are the rest of the group. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association is under new management this year, as Randy Griggs retired at the end of last year after leading … Read More