Integration of expert models as a management strategy for peanut production in Georgia
Wells, Aaron Thomas
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The FARM management strategy was compared to conventional management strategies to determine if inputs could be reduced or made more efficiently. FARM utilized Irrigator Pro (irrigation), HERB/HADSS (herbicide) and AU-Pnut (fungicide) to manage a peanut crop on half of an irrigated field. The conventional management used “expert” farmers and their normal production practices to produce a peanut crop on the other half of the same field. FARMCATS, an economic analysis program was used to determine any economical differences. Two locations in 2000 and five in 2001 were used to conduct the research. The FARM strategy averaged statistically less variable costs per acre, $521.47, and fungicide applications, 5, as compared to the conventional management, $560.79 and 6.43. There were no statistical differences in the yields, grades, net returns, irrigation and herbicide applications and amount of irrigation between the two management strategies at p=0.05.