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Disease control is essential for high peanut yields

In Southwest Farm Press

by Ron Smith

Variety selection, rotation, field history, and fungicide applications play important roles in controlling foliar and soilborne diseases in Oklahoma peanuts, and with depressed commodity markets, the challenge is choosing the right variety, maintaining a proper rotation, and developing an efficient, economical, and effective fungicide program.

“Variety selection is the first decision,” says Oklahoma State University Extension Plant Pathologist John Damicone, who spoke at the recent Oklahoma Peanut Expo at Altus. “But, it has become a lot harder for growers to get the seed they want; they’ve had to plant a lot of varieties from the Southeast lately.” Continue reading

Long-term strategic planning can pay dividends for home gardeners and commercial growers

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Growing fruits and vegetables can be a constant battle against pests, disease and weather.

Dr. Joe Masabni wants home gardeners and commercial growers to become strategists rather than tacticians because successfully growing fruits and vegetables can depend on preparedness and planning. Continue reading