|Butts, Christopher - Chris|
Submitted to: American Peanut Research and Education Society Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/2001
Publication Date: 3/1/2002
Technical Abstract: The objective of Drynut is to minimize the climatic environmental impact and economic risks in dryland peanut production while maximizing the economic return and improved peanut quality. Drynut uses new concepts, tools and management systems with finger tip computer-based technology to modify the impact of drought and heat stress in dryland peanut production. The use of soil temperature maximum/minimum thermometers is absolutely essential for monitoring Drynut crop conditions from pre-planting through harvest. Based on research at the National Peanut Research Laboratory, Dawson, GA, the soil thermometers have unequivocally proven to be the best single, most accurate indicator to represent the overall health and well being of the peanut plant. This instrument has enabled researchers and peanut growers to gain new insight about the effects of drought stress. This tool can also be used to reduce plant stress as well as to issue pesticide alerts for more effective control and a safer environment under dyrland peanut production. Selecting and scheduling the production and management practices for dryland peanut production commands the applications of "state of the art" peanut technology. Drynut utilizes knowledge from USDA, state research and extension peanut subject matter specialists, industry consultants and cooperating growers.