Peanut harvest shows higher yields – News – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

BROWNFIELD – While there is a lot of buzz about the anticipated record cotton crop in the South Plains this season, those in the peanut industry also said the 2010 peanut crop shows promise. James Martin, a peanut and cotton producer in Terry County, said the peanut price is high enough to help offset possible yield shortages caused by the storms in early July and late October. “Peanuts got a little better price this year than we had been getting, and it looks like we’re getting good yields this year,” he said. Like cotton, most of the peanuts are contracted before producers even begin planting in the spring so they have a general idea of what price they will get after harvest. Max Grice, general manager and vice president of Birdsong Peanuts, said the prices last year ranged from $500 to $575 per ton and he expects higher prices for the 2011 crop because of the strong competition with cotton, which also has high prices. One of Martin’s fields produced about 6,000 pounds of Virginia peanuts, he said, which was more than the field’s average of 5,200 pounds. Martin grows Virginia and Runner peanuts: Virginia peanuts are sold as ballpark snacks ...

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home

One October night a few years back, Pam Stone was downstairs watching television with her partner, Paul Zimmerman, when it struck her that their house was unusually cold. Stone and Zimmerman live just outside Landrum, South Carolina, in an A-frame cabin; upstairs in their bedroom, French doors lead out to a raised deck. That week, autumn had finally descended on the Carolinas, killing off the mosquitoes and sending nighttime temperatures plummeting, and the previous evening the couple had opened those doors a crack to take advantage of the cool air. Now, sitting in front of the TV, Stone suddenly realized that she’d left them open and went up to close them. Zimmerman was still downstairs when he heard her scream. He sprinted up to join her, and the two of them stood in the doorway, aghast. Their bedroom walls were crawling with insects—not dozens of them but hundreds upon hundreds. Stone knew what they were, because she’d seen a few around the house earlier that year and eventually posted a picture of one on Facebook and asked what it was. That’s a stinkbug, a chorus of people had told her—specifically, a brown marmorated stinkbug. Huh, Stone had thought at the time. Never heard...