Fending off peanut industry collapse in Florida
In 2017, Florida peanut growers sustained significant reductions in peanut yields affecting an estimated 25,000 acres resulting in more than 1,000 pounds per acre losses in the North Central and Panhandle regions. Extension agents from University of Florida teamed with University of Georgia colleagues and regional producers to find solutions to this great challenge, which was attributed to high rates of disease, insect threats, reduced germination and weather.
The team developed a survey to form a regional database of information. Spanning 15 counties, Extension agents and growers worked to collect 534 plant samples on farms. The survey and database continue to be used as a monitoring tool for diseases and predicting events. This approach has provided opportunity for Extension educators across the region to assist growers in making better decisions for disease and pest management of peanut crops.
Savings to producers in laboratory costs totaled $11,177 for 2020 and 2021 combined. The project provided $89,6000 in agricultural services to growers who participated for the survey’s duration. Peanut producers were provided $100,777 in statewide assistance.
Link to full statement on website: http://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu/impacts/show/6006