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Approximately 100 farmers and Fastline readers toured the fields during the annual Peanut Field Day, sponsored by North Carolina State University’s Department of Crop Sciences.
Attendees learned about the new and improved seed varieties bred at this facility. Some of the technology that can be applied to peanut production includes GPS, GIS, guidance systems, variable rate controls, applicator controls, yield monitors and automatic curing controls, according to the experts at Bio & Ag Engineering. Attendees were able to watch a GPS driven harvesting demonstration where the peanut combine flipped the peanut plants to expose the peanuts previously underground.
An interesting piece of information was shared at the event. Since the growers can now choose thier own seed varieties, those Virginia peanuts that people love so much are mostly grown in North Carolina. In fact, the entire harvest of Virginia peanuts has migrated closer and closer to Georgia, but remains a big producer in eastern North Carolina.
Crop scientists also discussed disease and drought tolerance, a hot topic in our thirsty state. They explained how breeding peanuts is a time consuming investment, taking up to seven years to determine which varieties will increase yield and therefore profit. Farmers were reminded that when using precision agriculture technologies for peanut production or other crops, the farmer should consider the entire production system.
Deciding which technologies are most effective can be a challenging task. Decision support tools such as http://www.agmanager.info can provide valuable assistance in determining how to best choose from the available technologies. Gary Roberson, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Biological & Ag Engineering, can also be reached for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-515-6715.
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