Agent Session on February 26

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Hi everyone. I enjoyed the discussion yesterday and we will plan to have those periodically this summer in the field. I should know later today about Warrant registration. I know it is labeled in peanut in Georgia and all of the specialists petitioned Monsanto to pursue the label. As soon as I know for sure I will let you know and will provide some of the data from North Carolina.

There were some questions about practices people are doing relative to southern corn rootworm, fumigation, Proline in-furrow, and Apogee. We did a large survey (well, a lot of questions) for the 2011 season (see Peanut Notes No. 22) and that was a challenging year in terms of weather. That, along with the low number of respondents (27, representing over 6,000 acres) limits how much stock we take in the survey. But, it does give us some information. I’m still a little confused by the answers to some of the questions and percentages, but I think this is what some of the items turned out to be.

  • Lorsban applied on 22% of acres
  • 5% of acres fumigated (but someone needs to check behind me if they want to make sure)
  • Proline applied on 32% of acres
  • Apogee applied on 17% of acres

As soon as we finish the meetings next week I will run the stats on the surveys we are doing at the meetings. It has only a handful of questions but will have a lot of growers represented.

Also, there was a discussion about the southern corn rootworm index and how it might need to be modified. What might help Rick in that process is if you can think back on the times you had damage and then see if you can figure out the actual field (to get the information that would go in the index.) Some of you ask more questions during the pod maturity clinics than others. Also, it would be nice to know if the fields that had no damage were in fact low risk fields. The only way to know how to adjust the index, even given we are seeing less damage, is to see if we simply have more fields that are low risk, which I suspect is the case given we are growing peanuts on the sandier fields.

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2014-024)