Adel Georgia Tornado Relief Support Efforts

Please pray for our local area in Adel, Georgia and other areas hit by the latest storms. We have volunteered to help in whatever way we can. We are following the the lead of the newly created Facebook Page Adel Tornado Relief Fund. If you would like to donate and want to bring it by our office, we will gladly make sure it gets to the appropriate place.

For more detailed information on how you can help directly please visit the Official Facebook Page for relief opportunities and activities to support the victims of the Adel-Cook County tornadoes: https://www.facebook.com/Adel-Tornado-Relief-Fund-242125922898588/

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Colombo North America, Inc. Exhibits At 40th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference in Tifton, Georgia

Thursday, January 21, 2016 kicked off the farm trade show season for Colombo North America, Inc. with the 40th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference in Tifton, Georgia. The event was held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center and was presented by the Georgia Peanut Commission. The event started at 8:30 a.m. and lasted until 2:30 p.m. More than 100 exhibitors were in attendance to discuss products and services with peanut producers from Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Colombo North America, Inc. was fortunate to have many customers stop by the exhibit to learn about changes, updates and new products. Colombo is thankful for everyone that came by the exhibit to learn about the company and its products.
The 2016 Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference turned out to be a great show with exceptional attendance. We would like to say thank you to everyone that assisted with this years program.

Make plans to see us at our other 2016 farm show exhibits as well!

2016 Farm Show Schedule

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016-South Carolina Peanut Growers Meeting-Santee, South Carolina
  • Friday, January 29, 2016-Georgia Young Farmers Convention-Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • Wednesday/Thursday, February 3-4,2016-11th Mississippi Peanut Growers Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show-Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016-Alabama/Florida Peanut Trade Show-Dothan, Alabama
  • Friday, February 12, 2016-2016 Annual Winter Conference of the National Peanut Buying Points Association-Memphis, Tennessee
  • Friday/Saturday, February 26, 2016-Mid-South Farm and Gin Show-Memphis, Tennessee
  • Friday, March 11, 2016-2016 Blue and Gold Gala-Atlanta, Georgia
  • Thursday-Sunday, July 21-24, 2016-2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference-Sandestin, Florida
  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 18-20, 2016-2016 Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition-Moultrie, Georgia

Passing on a Good Work Ethic – Growing America

Colombo North America, Inc. would like to thank Growing America for the great job everyone did in creating ‘Passing on a Good Work Ethic’. This is a video, filmed in cooperation with Growing America, for Colombo North America, Inc.

This film revolves around Bud Seward, a long-time friend and customer of the Colombo North America, Inc. family. Please watch this film capturing what it truly takes to be successful.

For more information, visit Colombona.com. Like and follow Colombo North America, Inc. on our social media sites listed on our webpage.

Colombo North America, Inc. Sponsors SPGC

Southern Peanut Growers Conference at Callaway Gardens

Colombo North America, Inc. is proud to sponsor the 17th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference being held at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia. The event, being held July 23-25, 2015, will cover issues pertaining to today’s peanut industry. Not only does the event cover peanut industry updates, it also provides ample time for attendees to spend quality time with family and friends.

For more information on this event you can visit southernpeanutfarmers.org. Colombo North America, Inc. will have an exhibit at the conference. Please stop by our exhibit to learn more about the Colombo product line or just to say hello. We look forward to seeing everyone at Callaway Gardens.

4-Row Colombo Twin Master Picking Peanuts in Brazil

The Colombo Twin Master 4-row peanut combine works like the 6-row peanut combine while only taking in four rows. This machine uses dual rotors to gently thresh the peanuts from the vine. Dual, high vacuum fans lift trash from the peanuts on the shaker pan. The cleaned peanuts are then transported to the basket using the exclusive Colombo elevator system.

This combine has the body of a 6-row combine with a 4-row head. This is one more advancement to quickly and efficiently harvest peanuts when seconds matter the most.

Peanut Acreage In U.S. Could Go Above 1.6 million for 2015

Conservative estimates indicate 2015 U.S. peanut acreage will be up about 15 percent over last year. That’s enough to keep pressure on prices, considering a 922,000-ton carry forward and not enough increase in domestic consumption and export—although both appear to be on an upward trend—to use up an average yield on that many more acres.

If planted acreage goes higher, 20 percent or more, the glut will be significantly worse and farmer prices will continue to drop, putting more strain on the new farm program.

Tyron Spearman, Peanut Farm Market News, Tifton, Ga., says current estimates show acreage will be up at least 15 percent across the Peanut Belt. “Georgia will increase acreage by 22 percent,” he said, during opening remarks Thursday (March 26) at the 50thannual Oklahoma Peanut Expo.

A stipulation in the new farm program makes peanuts an attractive option, Spearman noted. Under the law, farmers with cotton base, now considered generic base, may set aside peanut base and still be paid as long as they don’t plant a covered crop on those acres. They can plant peanuts on the generic base and be eligible for payments on those planted peanuts as well. Peanuts also have a separate $125,000 payment limitation, per entity.

Farmers across the Cotton/Peanut Belt are considering that opportunity as well as the current low price for cotton and the additional production cost many producers face this year in battling herbicide-resistant weeds as they finalize planting intentions.

ARC and PLC Deadlines Extended To April 7, 2015

Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners and producers additional time, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

“This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated their yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC. These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices, and make their decisions,” said Vilsack.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm’s current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7.

These safety-net programs provide important financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. As part of the strong education and outreach campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in September, to date more than 5 million educational postcards, in English andSpanish, have been sent to producers nationwide, and more than 5,000 events with more than 430,000 attendees, including training sessions and speaking engagements, have been conducted to educate producers on the programs. The online tools, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, which allow producers to explore how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation, have been presented to more than 3,400 groups.

Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

Producers need to contact the Farm Service Agency by April 7. To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office. To find local offices, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=farmbill.

Peanut Disease and Nematode Management Tips For 2015

Dr. Bob Kemerait is an Extension Plant Pathologist for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and offers the following Peanut Disease and Nematode management tips for effectively managing your 2015 peanut crops.

Disease and nematode management will be a critical component for profitability and success during the 2015 Peanut season. It is expected that there will be a significant increase in Peanut acreage planted in 2015. Planting more peanuts at the expense of good crop rotation will surely lead to a reduction in yield over time.

Some growers are interested in using Proline fungicide either in-furrow or as an early-season treatment for management of white mold.

Question: When would you consider a Proline application early?

Answer: I would certainly consider an in-furrow use of Proline for fields where risk to CBR is high or where it has been a problem in the past. An in-furrow use is an effective treatment for CBR.I would also consider use of in-furrow Proline where additional efforts to manage white mold are desired, e.g. where white mold has been a problem, where fields are planted peanut to peanut, and perhaps in years where excessively high summer temperatures are expected.

NOTE: An in-furrow use of Proline for control of white mold is NOT the BEST use of the product (banded early emergence applications are generally more consistent in protecting yield). However, for growers who do not want, or are unable, to put out the banded application, an in-furrow application can have some efficacy.

From the data, the most effective way to use Proline is as a post-emergent, banded application likely between 3 and 5 weeks after emergence. This treatment is most appropriate for fields at increased risk to white mold. Factors that increase risk to white mold include:

  • Short rotations with peanuts
  • Fields with a history of losses to white mold
  • Seasons that begin very much warmer than normal. (Growers will have several weeks after planting to decide if such is the case.)

VELUM Total is now labeled for use in peanut as a management tool for nematodes and thrips. The rate for peanut will be 18 fl oz/A. VELUM Total can be mixed with liquid inoculants and in-furrow fungicides.

Registration for ELATUS fungicide (a combination of Abound and the SDHI fungicide “solatenol”) is expected to occur in time for use this growing season, but has not occurred yet. When it is labeled, ELATUS will be an effective fungicide for management of leaf spot and soilborne diseases.

Colombo North America To Attend Oklahoma Peanut Expo March 26, 2015

Colombo North America will join peanut producers from all across Oklahoma on Thursday March 26, 2015 for the Oklahoma Peanut Expo. The annual event is a collaborative effort of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission (OPC), USDA/ARS, and Oklahoma State University. It has become Oklahoma’s premier peanut industry meeting and typically draws participants from across the southern U.S. peanut belt.

The Peanut Expo topics are targeted to address current issues important to our peanut farmers. This year’s conference will acknowledge the “Golden Anniversary” of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission and the final Expo for retiring Executive Director Mike Kubicek. The OPC earlier announced former OSU Extension Specialist Dr. Ron Sholar as Kubicek’s replacement.

Colombo North America looks forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event.