Broughton, D.1; Capasso, J.2; Carter, E.3; Cooper, C.4; Dossin, C.5; Fenneman, D.6; Halbritter, A.7; Harlow, L.8; Korus, K.9; Miller, L.10; Pittman, H.T.11; Vann, C.12; Warren, M.13; Willis, S.14; Wynn, K.15
1Regional Specialized Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Live Oak, FL, 32060
2Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Lake City, FL, 32055
3Regional Specialized Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Marianna, FL, 32448
4Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Lecanto, FL, 34461
5Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Green Cove Springs, FL, 32043
6Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Madison, FL, 32091
7Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Macclenny, FL, 32063
8Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Lake Butler, FL, 32054
9Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL, 32609
10Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Starke, FL, 32091
11Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Trenton, FL, 32693
12Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Mayo, FL, 32066
13Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Bronson, FL, 32621
14Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Live Oak, FL, 32064
15Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Jasper, FL, 32052


In response to a widespread peanut collapse observed among North Florida growers in 2017, the University of Florida Research and Education Center-Suwannee Valley developed a process known as the “Florida Peanut Diagnostic Survey”. The survey was a collective effort among Extension Agents, peanut growers, industry leaders, and University of Florida researchers. Data of plant disease and environmental conditions was collected, shared, and analyzed in order to mitigate the risk of future crop collapse. A central online data repository was developed to allow researchers and vested partners to view historical environmental data, track instances of disease, and correlate data points across broad geographical locations. This nexus of agents, growers, and researchers working in conjunction, fosters industry relationships and empowers growers faced with mercurial environmental challenges. Factors such as disease cycles, spread, and underlying environmental correlations can be observed and studied inter-seasonally and knowledge gained may serve as an insulator against future crop loss or even collapse. In 2019, the agent team observed a 250% participatory uptick in analyzed sampling from across seven Florida counties. Anticipated growth should provide the critical mass necessary to sustain the long-term project and produce meaningful results for agents and growers alike.


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