Recognizing and Managing Sting Nematode Problems in Peanuts

Recognizing and Managing Sting Nematode Problems in Peanuts

Most agriculture professionals recognize that plant-parasitic nematodes can drag down peanut yield.  In the Southeast, peanut nematodes are often assumed to be peanut root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne arenaria and Meloidogyne javanica) because they are widespread,...
Healthy Soil is Teeming with Microscopic Life

Healthy Soil is Teeming with Microscopic Life

Farmers are intrinsically tied to the soil that encompasses their farmland. Where others only see dirt, greenery, and maybe a few worms, farmers – especially those who rely on organic nutrient sources such as compost, green manure, and plant and animal meals to...
Benefits of Nematodes in Healthy Soil Ecosystems

Benefits of Nematodes in Healthy Soil Ecosystems

Nematodes. Those microscopic, worm-like creatures that enter or attach themselves to crop roots, pierce root tissue, suck up root juices, and destroy crop yields. But did you know, plant-parasitic nematodes are only a very small fraction of the nematodes living in...
Rapid Response Team Deployed to Investigate Peanut Collapse

Rapid Response Team Deployed to Investigate Peanut Collapse

Shannon McAmis, De Broughton, Nick Dufault, Ian Small, Zane Grabau, Barry Tillman, and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Extension In 2017, peanut growers of the Panhandle and North Central regions in Florida, and many areas in Georgia faced a number of issues. In addition to...
Double Cropping Options for a Fall Vegetable Crop

Double Cropping Options for a Fall Vegetable Crop

Fruit and vegetable production on plastic mulch is a substantial investment.  To help justify the high input cost, farmers oftentimes choose to double crop.  This practice can provide a significant amount of additional income for the farm if a good farm management...