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Texas peanut acres up, yields likely down

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Texas peanut harvest is underway, and producers are expecting lower per-acre yields than last season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist and state peanut specialist, Vernon, said peanut acres were up, but that she expected yields to be down due to drought conditions. Crop surveys by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

Auburn peanut breeding program works on drought-tolerant plant

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Researchers in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture are using a $490,000 grant to accelerate efforts to breed a drought-tolerant peanut plant, a development that would be a game changer for the industry. Peanuts continue to be a staple of the Southeast farm economy, but water limitations have a detrimental effect on yields and producer income. In fact, the American Peanut ... Read More »

Texas drought pushes peanut yields lower

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• By Jessica Domel • Drought took a toll on the Texas peanut crop this season. Shelly Nutt, executive director of Texas Peanut Producers, said the crop looked good initially, but as farmers started harvesting, they noticed a yield loss. “It’s directly attributable to the high temperatures in July and August and no rain. So, we’re a little disappointed,” Nutt ... Read More »

Lingering Alabama drought yields mixed harvest results

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Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84% of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55% of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these conditions, producers are still hard at work bringing in this year’s crop. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 96% of the corn planted in Alabama ... Read More »