In this Issue:
  • The Search for the Bigger than Life Peanut Variety Continues
  • 2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course – March 1
  • Cotton Marketing News: Prices Continue to March Upward—Some Things to Think About
  • Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour
  • Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show – February 8
  • Friday Feature: Autonomous Drone Scouting
  • Insecticide Applications Can Inadvertently Cause Citrus Mite Outbreaks
  • UGA Corn Short Course – February 6
  • Southwest Alabama Crop Production Meetings – February 15 or 16, 27 or 28
  • Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability
  • Field Crops

    The Search for the Bigger than Life Peanut Variety Continues

    After attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders in Davis, California last summer, I took a couple of days to drive down to Sequoia National Park to see the Giant Sequoia trees.  As I walked through the forest, these trees were so large they seemed out of place among the pine …

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    2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course – March 1

    Farmers from across the Florida Panhandle, as well as southern Alabama and Georgia are invited to attend the 2018 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course to be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The meeting will be hosted by Jackson County Extension at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center, 2741 Penn Ave., Marianna, FL. Registration and …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Prices Continue to March Upward—Some Things to Think About

    New crop Dec18 futures now stand at over 75 cents.  The reasons for much better prices seem fairly obvious, but what has been somewhat surprising is the strength of the uptrend.  Prices have now improved 5 to 6 cents or about 8 to 9% since the most recent “plateau” at 69 to 70 cents …

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    Explore Local Agriculture on the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

    Explore Local Agriculture at the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour

    Come explore local farms, markets, and centers of agricultural research in West Florida and South Alabama during the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Pre-Conference Tour and Conference, February 19 and 20, hosted by UF/IFAS Extension.

    On Monday, February 19, from 1 p.m. …

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    Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show – February 8

    The Alabama- Florida Peanut Trade Show is set for Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, AL. More than 80 exhibitors will be present to allow farmers to visit one-on-one with industry product and service representatives.  Dr. Marshall Lamb of the National Peanut Research Lab will speak to growers …

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    Friday Feature: Autonomous Drone Scouting

    This week’s featured video was produced by American Robotics to introduce ScoutTM, a fully-automated drone system for farmers.  Scout features season-long automated crop scouting that is autonomous, or pre-programmed for launch, flight, imaging, landing, charging, data management, and drone storage with no piloting required.

    To improve agricultural decision-making, optimize inputs, and …

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    Insecticide Applications Can Inadvertently Cause Citrus Mite Outbreaks

    Xavier Martini, Pete Andersen, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    In May 2017, Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri) were found in the experimental citrus grove at the Suwannee Valley Extension Center in Live Oak.  The trees were quickly treated with an insecticide containing the active ingredient, cyantraniliprole. This treatment was highly justified as …

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    UGA Corn Short Course – February 6

    The University of Georgia will host the Georgia Corn Short Course on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center (15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA 31794).  Registration will begin at 8:00 eastern time and the program will begin at 8:30.  Registration for the event is $5 per person in advance, or …

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    Southwest Alabama Crop Production Meetings – February 15 or 16, 27 or 28

    All producers are invited to attend Cotton and Peanut Production Meetings in Southwest Alabama in February 2018.  A meal will be served at all meetings, so please call 251- 867-7760 to reserve your spot.

    Cotton Production Meetings:

    Baldwin County – February 15
    Farmers’ Federation Building, behind ALFA 21332 St. Hwy 59 S.
    Robertsdale, AL …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability

    Back in May, when most of the 2017 cotton crop still remained to be planted, USDA released its first supply and demand projections for the 2017 crop marketing year.  That first projection for total World use was 115.75 million bales.  That was back in May.  The most recent (November) projection is now 119.25 million bales—3 …

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