2022 National Peanut Festival Recipe Contest Set For Oct. 27

2022 National Peanut Festival Recipe Contest Set For Oct. 27

The 2022 National Peanut Festival (NPF) Recipe Contest is set for Thursday, October 27. Entries can be dropped off at the NPF Volunteer Building between 8 – 10 am. Judging begins at  10 a.m. Awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the NPF Bank Plus Arena.

 

Click this link for rules and entry forms:  https://cdn.saffire.com/files.ashx?t=fg&rid=NationalPeanutFestival&f=2022_RECIPE_CONTEST_RULES.pdf

 

Alabama Peanut Producers Association is a sponsor of this contest.

 

2022 Wiregrass Weed Tour to be held

2022 Wiregrass Weed Tour to be held

The Wiregrass Research and Extension Center (WREC) in Headland, Alabama has announced plans for the 2022 Wiregrass Weed Tour on Thursday, July 7.

 

Registration begins at 4:30 pm in the WREC auditorium, with the program beginning at 4:45 pm.

 

Topics include Alite 27 resistant cotton update, PPO and auxin resistant Palmer management, grass control in cotton and peanut, burndown evaluations, drone remote sensing update, spray drone demonstration and discussion.

 

Dinner will be provided after the auditorium presentation and before the field tour. Please RSVP to the WREC at 334-693-2363 or Sedrick Mack, Agronomic REA, 334-441-8384.

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing focusing on Agricultural Trade

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing focusing on Agricultural Trade

U.S. Peanut Federation Testifies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing focusing on Agricultural Trade

 

Chairman Warnock Notes EU Non-Tariff Trade Issue for Peanuts

June 9, 2022 – Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade, held a hearing June 9, 2022, on “Agricultural Trade: Priorities and Issues Facing America’s Farmers.” Representing the U.S. Peanut Federation, Karla Baker Thompson with JET Farms Georgia and Integrity Farms of Camilla, Georgia, presented testimony on the export market for peanuts and some of the issues the peanut industry is facing.
In Thompson’s testimony, she presented information on some of the major export markets. In Canada, the U.S. has witnessed an increase in the last few years, but it is still significantly off when compared to export numbers prior to 2013. In Japan, the U.S. has generally seen a flat trend line with significant market swings year after year. The U.S. has experienced a general upward trend in market share for Mexico. However, there are large swings in the Mexican market year after year. China is an unpredictable market for U.S. peanuts. While the China market made a large purchase of U.S. peanuts in 2016 and then again in 2020, there is clearly no consistency in U.S. peanut export sales to China.
Thompson highlighted the decline in peanut exports to the European Union (EU) for U.S. peanuts. While the EU market saw a significant increase over 2021 in the first 3 months of 2022, the overall trend line since 2003 has been downward. The U.S. market share decreased in the EU from approximately 40 percent in 2003 to 14 percent in 2021. Much of this market share loss has been to developing countries. The increase in U.S. market share in early 2022 is deceptive since the overall U.S. peanut exports to the EU have decreased drastically since 2003.
“A look at our major export markets shows some of the issues we are facing. Our best markets, and those with the most potential for growth, are the markets that pay premium prices,” Thompson says. “These markets provide prices that are profitable for exporters and have an impact on grower prices. Unfortunately, some of these best markets are not healthy.”
U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, Chairman of the Subcommittee, opened the hearing stating, “Today’s hearing, titled ‘Agricultural Trade: Priorities and Issues Facing America’s Farmers,’ is an opportunity for members of this Subcommittee to hear directly from our farmers regarding their trade challenges and priorities in today’s changing economy. Just last week, I spent time in Musella, Georgia, meeting with a group of farmers and agriculture leaders to discuss the stress our farmers are experiencing. The message I heard was clear – farming is always a tough job, but especially right now. Farmers in Georgia and throughout the country have been forced to navigate a tremendous amount of uncertainty over the last few years. Trade wars, COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, and Russia’s war in Ukraine have all sent shockwaves through global commodity markets.”
Chairman Warnock also commented on the peanut industry’s struggles with the EU, “Last year, I partnered with Senator Tuberville to highlight concerns to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) raised by our peanut farmers in getting their products to market in Europe, and ways we need federal agencies to better coordinate and step up to help address this issue.”
In addition to Thompson, other individuals testifying include Gopi Munisamay, distinguished professor at the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Sheryl Meshke, co-president and CEO of Associated Milk Producers Inc. and Neal Fisher, administrator of the North Dakota Wheat Commission.
The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) is comprised of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association, and the National Peanut Buying Points Association. USPF serves as a unified voice in Washington, D.C. for all sectors of the peanut industry and advocates actively for strong agricultural policy. For additional information, please contact the USPF at (202) 543-7464.
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Top Peanut Producing Counties Announced

Top Peanut Producing Counties Announced

The USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the top  peanut producing counties in Alabama for 2021. Leading off the state in total peanuts produced is Houston County with 124,200,000 lbs. Geneva County follows with 74,850,000 lbs, Baldwin County with 74,660,000 lbs., Henry County with 70,380,000 lbs., and Escambia County rounds out the top 5 with 52,370,000 lbs.

 

Other top producing counties include Coffee, Dale, Mobile, Covington, Monroe, Barbour, Pike and Dallas.

 

Alabama peanut growers harvested 182,000 acres of peanuts and produced a total of 622,200,000 lbs. of peanuts in 2021. Alabama stands as #2 in peanut production in the nation. Georgia ranks #1.

 

Information shared by: USDA, NASS – Southern Region; Media Contact is Anthony Prillaman; www.nass.usda.gov; released May 2022

EPA Approves Brake Section 18 label for Alabama Peanuts

EPA Approves Brake Section 18 label for Alabama Peanuts

Section 18 label for Brake® herbicide to be used in Alabama peanuts has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry (ADAI) for resistant Palmer amaranth control. Peanut growers can take advantage of this new label as soon as the 2022 season.

 

Alabama counties included in this label are:
AUTAUGA, BALDWIN, BARBOUR, BLOUNT, BUTLER, CALHOUN, CHEROKEE, CLARKE, COFFEE, CONECUH, COVINGTON, CRENSHAW, DALE, DALLAS, DEKALB, ESCAMBIA, FAYETTE, FRANKLIN, GENEVA, HENRY, HOUSTON, JACKSON, LAWRENCE, LEE, MACON, MOBILE, MONROE, PICKENS, PIKE, RUSSELL, TUSCALOOSA, WASHINGTON

 

Key points regarding this new label:

1. Brake® can only be applied to runner type varieties, do not apply to Spanish or Valencia varieties.
2. Use rate of 12-16 oz./ acre depending on soil type. Do not apply more than 16 fl. oz. per acre per year. Multiple year data from Alabama suggested sufficient peanut tolerance to 16 fl. oz./ acre of Brake® when applied pre-emergent.
3. Brake® can be applied from 14 days prior to planting until 72 hours after planting. Do not spray Brake® on emerged peanut as severe injury will occur.
4. Zero month plant back restrictions on cotton and peanut, 2 month on soybean and sweet potato, 8 month on wheat, barley and rye, 10 month on corn and sorghum.
5. Tank mixing Brake® with another peanut residual herbicide is highly recommended to defer herbicide resistance and increase spectrum of weed control. Dual Magnum®, Outlook®, Warrant®, Prowl H2O®, Valor® and Strongarm® are tank mix partners with Brake® for pre-emergent and Pre-plant applications.
6. Brake® is a good alternative for Palmer amaranth control when Valor® splashing injury is a concern.
7. Brake® works great on cover crop residues and no till fields in previous Alabama field trials funded by Alabama peanut check-off. A 0.5 inch of rain/irrigation is sufficient to fully activate this herbicide.

 

View the full Brake® label – CLICK HERE

 

Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Steve Li
Extension weed scientist
334-707-7370
steveli@auburn.edu

 

Join us for the 2022 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Join us for the 2022 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 Southern Peanut Growers Conference,
July 21-23 at Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida.

This year’s theme is “Together Towards Tomorrow.” You can access conference registration, hotel information and sponsorship information at http://southernpeanutfarmers.org/southern-peanut-growers-conference/.


Important Details Regarding Lodging
There is no longer a block of rooms available at Edgewater Beach Resort for the conference. All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. It is very important for you to go ahead and reserve your room ASAP before the resort books up.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with peanut growers and industry leaders from across the southeast! If you have questions, please contact the APPA office 334-792-6482.

 

The Southern Peanut Growers Conference is brought to you by:

APPA Holds Annual Meeting

APPA Holds Annual Meeting

Peanut farmers from across Alabama gathered in Dothan for the 2022 Annual Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) meeting on Thursday, February 3.
One order of business for this meeting was the election of five board of director seats. Having two seats in Geneva County, Jimmy Royce Helms and Jesse Scott were both re-elected to their positions. Billy Hixon was re-elected to hold the seat in the Northwest District. Tom Corcoran was re-elected to his seat in the Northeast District. Finally, Jason Weber was newly elected to the Escambia County seat.
On February 17th the new APPA board members voted to re-elect their current officers. Carl Sanders of Coffee County has been President of the APPA board for 22 years and will continue to serve in his position. Mark Kaiser of Baldwin County will serve his 6th year as Vice President. Treasurer, Jerry Byrd of Dale County, will serve his 22nd year.
The association is voluntarily funded by peanut growers and its programs are directed by a board of 15 growers. Directors are elected by grower delegates from each of the major peanut producing counties. The number of delegates from each county is determined by the number of acres in that county.
2022 Peanut Production Meetings Scheduled

2022 Peanut Production Meetings Scheduled

It’s the time of year when peanut farmers are making plans for the new growing season. There are several decisions to be made between now and planting time. The researchers who work for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University College of Agriculture are ready to share their research-based recommendations to help Alabama peanut farmers have a successful 2022 peanut year. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) is sponsoring eight grower production meetings around the state during the week of Feb. 21.

 

The topics will include disease control, herbicide control, insect control and peanut markets outlook. In addition, growers will hear the results of peanut variety and production trials performed around the state. Make plans to attend the one closest to you. A meal will be served at each meeting.

 

Monday, Feb. 21
11 am – Cullman County Extension office, Cullman
6 pm – Lazenby Farms, Society Hill

Tuesday, Feb. 22
11 am – Ketchem’s Restaurant, Hartford
6 pm – Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, Headland

Wednesday, Feb. 23
11 am – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- Alabama River Lakes Bldg., Tyler

Thursday, Feb. 24
11 am – The Lighthouse Restaurant, Irvington
6 pm – Baldwin County Farmers Federation, Robertsdale

Friday, Feb. 25
11 am – Grace Fellowship Church, Atmore

 

In addition to the in-person meetings, APPA is producing the 2022 Peanut Production Guide with the help of the research team. Each grower in the state will receive a copy in their mailbox in the coming weeks. The researchers’ presentations will be available online as well.

 

2022 Production Meetings and Production Guide Sponsors:

ADAMA
Alabama Ag Credit
Alabama Farm Credit
BASF
First South Farm Credit
Sanbuck Insurance
Syngenta
United Bank
Valent
Vantage South
Visjon Biologics

 

For more information, contact the APPA office at 334-792-6482.

 

2022 Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show A Success

2022 Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show A Success

DOTHAN, Ala. – More than 400 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Feb. 3, 2022, at the National Peanut Festival fairgrounds, in Dothan, Alabama. The show is sponsored by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association, and the National Peanut Board.

 

The one-day show offered peanut growers and industry partners a chance to view the products and services of over 60 exhibitors.

 

A complimentary lunch was provided to trade show attendees. After lunch, Bob Parker, President and CEO of the National Peanut Board (NPB), brought greetings from the NPB and updated growers on how their check-off dollars are being spent on the national level. Dr. Marshall Lamb, with the National Peanut Research Lab, provided an update on the 2022 peanut market and crop outlook. Bob Redding, of The Redding Firm, presented a legislative update as well. Dr. Darlene Cowart with Birdsong Peanuts gave an encouraging talk on the value of food safety from the peanut field to the shelling facility.

 

Several door prizes were given out throughout the morning of the trade show, but the prizes everyone was most looking forward to winning were announced after lunch.

 

The Grand Door Prize donated by Kelley Manufacturing Co. was presented to Chad Wells of Gordon, Alabama. Wells received a $5,000 voucher for any one piece of KMC equipment or parts for KMC equipment.

 

James Harrell of Rehobeth, Alabama, won a free trip to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in July. Thomas Kirkland of Headland, Alabama, won a Remington 12-gauge shotgun.


THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 EXHIBITORS

A Healthy You, A Healthy Farm (ADAI)
ADAMA
Advanced Trailer
AG Nutrients LLC
Ag Spray Equipment
AgAmerica Lending
AgLogic Chemical LLC
AL Dept. of Agriculture & Industries
Alabama Ag Credit
Amadas Industries
American Peanut Council
AMVAC
Atlantic & Southern Equipment
BASF
Bayer Crop Science
Birdsong Peanuts
Blueline Dryers/ Cook Ind Electric Co
BRANDT
Carden & Associates
Columbo North America
Corteva Agriscience
DeltAg Formulations
Double L Global
EcoGEM, LLC
Fillingim Crop Insurance
First South Farm Credit
FL Farm Credit Associations
FL Foundation Seed Producers
FMC
G & M Starter-Alternator
Georgia Organic Solutions
GRI Tires
Harrell Ag Products
HBT Supply, LLC
Helms Manufacturing Company
Houston Co. Soil & Water Conservation District
Kelley Manufacturing Co.
Kilgro & Associates, Inc.
LMC Ag
Miller Chemical & Fertilizer LLC
National Peanut Research Lab
Nichino America
Nolin Steel
Novozymes BioAg
O’Bryan Agri Insurance
Peanut Proud Festival
Peerless Manufacturing Co.
Pig Brig Trap Systems
Rabo Agrifinance
Rentz Irrigation
SanBuck Insurance
Schutz Insurance Agency
Southeastern Peanut Farmer
Southern Silage Supply, LLC
SunSouth John Deere
Sweet Grown Alabama
Syngenta
Synthetic Materials
Telamon Corporation
The KBH Corporation
Tidewater Equipment Company
UBLY Peanut Blade Mfg. Inc
UPL
Valent
Vantage South
Visjon Biologies
Wiregrass Equipment Co.