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Always be on time

Timeliness is important, no matter what crop you grow.

John Hart, Associate Editor

July 5, 2022

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Ben Cowin, the 2022 Peanut Efficiency Award winner for the Upper Southeast, and his wife Tracey, on their farm near Williamston, N.CJohn Hart

Since I joined Southeast Farm Press in June 2014, I have had the pleasure of interviewing eight Peanut Efficiency Award winners. Each and every one of these champion farmers all emphasized one key concept: Timeliness.

The first Peanut Efficiency Award winner I interviewed was Brian McClam of Kingstree, S.C., in 2015 and the most recent is this year’s winner for the Upper Southeast, Ben Cowin of Williamston, N.C. The others I interviewed were Mike Belch of Conway, N.C., in 2016.; Ray Davis of Courtland, Va., in 2017; Atwood McIntosh of Kingstree, S.C., in 2018; Dennis Spruill of Como, N.C., in 2019; Kirk Jones of  Windsor, Va., in 2020; and Dan Ward of Clarkton, N.C., in 2021. All credited timeliness as vital to achieving top yields.

Ben Cowin works to be timely in planting, spraying, and harvesting. Timeliness is particularly important in his fungicide program. Past winners also emphasized timeliness in fungicide management.

“If you have a disease problem, it’s too late. I try to prevent disease. It costs a little bit up front, but it pays for itself. When it comes to digging time, if you have plenty of leaves on your peanuts and your vines are in good shape, that’s a good crop, most of the time,” Cowin told me in an interview.

Indeed, timeliness is important, no matter what crop you grow. It is vital for all farmers who want to achieve maximum yields. Furthermore, timeliness is a goal we should all aim for, when it comes to relating to our family, friends, and colleagues.

I always liked that time management adage, “five minutes early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.” If you want to be successful with people, be on time. And if you want to be successful growing crops, be on time.

We show respect for others by being on time. And farmers show respect for their crops by being on time. And as champion peanut farmers all know, timeliness is key for achieving top yields and a profitable harvest. Always be on time.

About the Author(s)

John Hart

Associate Editor, Southeast Farm Press

John Hart is associate editor of Southeast Farm Press, responsible for coverage in the Carolinas and Virginia. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to joining Southeast Farm Press, John was director of news services for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. He also has experience as an energy journalist. For nine years, John was the owner, editor and publisher of The Rice World, a monthly publication serving the U.S. rice industry.  John also worked in public relations for the USA Rice Council in Houston, Texas and the Cotton Board in Memphis, Tenn. He also has experience as a farm and general assignments reporter for the Monroe, La. News-Star.

John is a native of Lake Charles, La. and is a  graduate of the LSU School of Journalism in Baton Rouge.  At LSU, he served on the staff of The Daily Reveille.

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