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Wiregrass Research Extension Center Field Crops Field Day


Water from a recent shower still soaks the ground around peanut crops.

"We've had here just about 60 inches so far this year which is basically a year's worth we probably don't have the extreme totals that some of you have with about 18 inches in July with around eight or nine or ten inches in August we had seven and a half inches last week," said Larry Wells at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center.

Experts at the Field Crop Field Day in Headland discussed how this year compares to last year.

"One of the things that was different from last year than this year was we got a lot of peanuts planted at the end of April and the first of May last year we had a lot warmer temperatures and drier conditions and everything was in on time and it started raining the first week in August that set a huge crop," said Kris Balkcom at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center.
"But this year was real cool and wet so we didn't get very many peanuts planted in April that we would typically get that put us out in May, and then it started raining in July the peanuts were younger and smaller, they couldn't survive well with that wet soil and we had a lot of yellowing out there," said Balkcom. "We kind of hit those ten days where we dried out a little and we made some huge strides as far as growth and development ."

The rain not only affected the growth of peanuts but it also allowed diseases to attack crops.

"There has been so much rain and a lot of growers have had difficulty staying on their spray schedules so the net result is the disease is getting ahead of the sprays," said Austin Hagan, Extension Plan Pathologist.

Farmers are trying to combat the diseases by spraying pesticides more often than usual but only dry weather can help this year's crop.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. August 23, 2013.

Today was Wiregrass Research Extension Center Field Crops Field Day.

WTVY attended this morning’s event where attendees heard from speakers and learned about breeding programs.

Tune into WRGX at 5:30 p.m. and WTVY News 4 tonight for a full report.


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