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Peanut farmer Gilliam Wood
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Transcribed from enclosed press release: Incorporation of chemicals and nematode control finally fell into place last year for Gilliam Wood. They were the last holdouts in the Chowan County, N. C. farmer's search for the "ultimate" peanut production program. As a result, this year for the first time in many growing season, Wood isn't tinkering with his peanut program. Just one thing is changing--the yield goal is being lifted by 500 pounds an acre. "We've been shooting for a 3,000-pound average for several years," Wood said. "With the improvements we made last year, we're raising that to 3,500 pounds for 1974." Given an even break by the weather, even that goal may be on the conservative side. The average on 118 acres last year was 3,850 pounds. Gilliam gives due credit to the outstanding '73 weather for that big yield, but he feels the changes made at planting time were the most important factors. Working with suggestions from County Extension Chairman Pete Thompson and North Carolina State University Specialist Astor Perry, Wood went to a once-over operation using granular materials and a rotary cultivator for incorporation. The four-row rig put down 25 pounds of Vernam and incorporated it immediately ahead of the seed. Wood said it was the best job of herbicide incorporation he had ever had. He particularly liked the job the granular material did on nutgrass, which, like nematodes, is a real headache on some parts of the farm.
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