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El Niño effect on peanut crops

April 12, 2016

SOUTH CAROLINA: With the heavy rain and wet weather conditions caused by the extended El Niño weather pattern this winter, growers are in a perfect storm for intense disease pressure. To give crops a fighting chance, proactive management will be more important than ever.

Clemson University Extension outlines five key management practices for 2016 peanut production:

  1. A well-drained soil
  2. Suitable rotation crops – cotton, corn or other grasses
  3. Water during pod fill
  4. Good harvest weather
  5. Timely management operations.

Early detection and identification of peanut diseases are critical in developing effective management solutions. Thorough scouting, and properly identifying diseases when they are easiest to control is key to choosing the most appropriate management tactics and crop protection products. Additionally, check with local university extension teams to see where disease outbreaks have been confirmed and utilize all resources available to help combat infection.

Elatus® fungicide improves disease control, maximizes yield potential and protects quality. With two active ingredients, Solatenol® fungicide and azoxystrobin, Elatus provides excellent control of various diseases, such as leaf spots, and provides excellent control of Southern stem rot caused by Sclerotium rolfsii to help producers grow more peanuts.

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