What is in this article?:
- Mississippi peanuts feeling effects of abnormally hot, dry weather
- Moisture needed for disease establishment
“I’ve covered most of the state’s peanut-growing areas the last few days, and with the very hot, dry weather, crop growth has slowed considerably, says Mike Howell, Mississippi Extension peanut specialist. He discussed the situation at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s summer peanut commodity meeting at Grenada.
TERRY MIDDLETON, from left, Jimmy Sanders Seed; and peanut growers Scott Flowers, Robert Agostinelli, and Lewis Barksdale, all of Clarksdale, Miss., were among those attending the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s summer peanut commodity meeting.
Moisture needed for disease establishment
“Disease needs moisture to aid establishment, and as hot and dry as it is, it’s going to be hard for any disease to get established. I’ve been in the field two days this week, and even before 7 o’clock in the morning I didn’t get my boots wet — there’s not even any dew.
“So, let’s not get in too big a hurry to make disease control applications.”
Growers who haven’t already done so should be applying their first shot of boron, Howell said.
“You can put out a half-pound in one application, or split it into two applications — it really doesn’t matter, as long as you get the boron on in a timely fashion, about the time peanuts start blooming.”
With the large increase in peanut acreage in Mississippi this year, he said, research projects and field trials have been expanded.
“We’ve got a big peanut location at the White Sands Experiment Station near Poplarville, including fungicide and insecticide efficacy trials, seeding rate studies, several variety trials, thrips control studies, a tillage study, and inoculation trials.
“We’re going to have a lot of things to show you at our field day there Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m.. There should be a lot of good information at this event, so please make plans to attend. We’re also going to try to bring in experts from other areas.
“Dr. Charles Chen, associate professor at Auburn University who is associated with the National Peanut Laboratory at Dawson, Ga., has some advanced breeding lines at the station, a couple hundred different plots looking at new varieties. We hope to have him at the field day.
“Dr. Jeff Gore, assistant research professor at Stoneville, has several insect control trials at the Delta Research and Extension Center, and Dr. Alan Henn, Mississippi State University professor of entomology and plant pathology, has white mold trials in several locations.
“We’ve got a lot of peanut research going on this year, which is indicative of the importance this crop is now getting in Mississippi.”