Bacon County Ag Update

Peanut Planting Recommendations

The beginning of the planting season is just a few weeks away. There are many things to consider and get ready before first seed goes in the ground. One of the first questions I expect you get in the counties is “how early can I plant?” So what do you do when soil temperatures are in the high 60’s in the first part of April and growers are asking about planting? Just Say No!   Please keep your seed in the bag until the latter part of April.   There is no need to be in a hurry to plant Peanuts.
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USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REEP)

There are some Energy Efficiency Grant funds available through the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REEP). This program is available to increase the energy efficiency Irrigation pumps, Poultry Houses, and Dairy farms. Irrigation Pumps- Used to convert from diesel to electric. Possibly it could be used to upgrade to more…
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Peanut Maturity Equipment

Bacon County Peanuts Growers, Please be aware of the available equipment for peanut maturity testing. All this equipment can be rented out through Mrs. Sharon. Do not hesitate to come by and use this equipment to check the progress of your equipment. With that said wait to sample fields to test for…
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Peanut Weed Update

Here is a recent post from Dr. Eric Prostko, Extension Weed Specialist, on late season weed concerns in peanut: 1) Can I tank-mix Mn fertilizers with herbicides and/or fungicides? Recent research from NC State University indicated that manganese did not affect the efficacy of Select, Poast, Cadre, Pursuit, 2,4-DB, Abound,…
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Critical Water Usage in Peanuts

The first week of August (if the peanuts were planted by May 1), is the peak of the water use curve, requiring about 2.1 inches per week.  The good news is that we’re about to move past the peak water use period and start requiring less water.  If your peanuts…
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