SHORT PEANUT CROP AND QUALITY A CONCERN
Peanut harvest has begun and it looks like we are going to have a short crop (mainly due to our dry land crop as it looks like our irrigated peanuts appear to have good to very good yields) and quality will also be a concern in our dry land crop. I have talked with our local buying points and contracts have been offered for SEG 2 and 3 peanuts at $500 per ton. This another indication of how short a peanut crop is anticipated. Contracts for UNCONTRACTED peanuts are at $850.
For more on the 2011 peanut crop listen to Tyron Spearman, Editor of the Peanut News and Executive Director of the Peanut Buying Points Association, on On The Farm at OTF-SpearmanShortCrop9-18-11
PECAN SCAB AND DISEASE LIGHT IN 2011
The dry weather has resulted in very light disease pressure in pecans unless a grower has a highly disease susceptible variety. I had a grower bring in some Mahans that were covered with scab while his other varieties were free of scab. It has been a while since I have seen any Mahans. Mahans originated in Mississippi in 1910 and became popular in the late 1940′s in Georgia as it was sold under numerous names including Georgia Giant, Florida Giant, Masterpiece,Mayhan, Chestnut and Mississippi Giant. It has several other problems besides being very susceptible to scab and is rarely planted.
For more on the 2011 pecan crop listen to Jason Brock, University of Georgia Extension pathologist, on On The Farm at OTF-BrockScab9-18-11
Pecan Scab on Mahan