Peanut Yields in Alabama in Record Numbers

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Farmers say this year, they've grown a record amount of peanuts.
And they're saying it's all thanks to the weather.

In a nutshell, local peanut farmers say this will be a year to remember.

“We’ll look back on the year 2012 saying it was a really good peanut year from the very start.” Director of the wiregrass research and extension center Larry Wells said.

The difference between this year and years past?

“We had plenty of rain, cool temperatures those kinds of things probably this is going to be a record crop for the state of Alabama and actually for the whole peanut belt.” Wells said.

And this plentiful crop, could mean good news for customers.

“If we believe in supply and demand it should come down, I don’t know how all that works, but I do know this, there are plenty of peanuts out there there’s no shortage of peanuts.“ Wells said.

And you would think this would also mean good news for farmers...
But Wells says the price for peanuts wasn't as high as he hoped.

“We typically sign contracts, but there wasn’t many contracts out there this year and that means we grew them for a lower price than we would like too.” Wells said.

But despite this news, wells says the peanut yields are some of the most outstanding he's ever seen.
Farmers at the extension office are laying out the peanuts so they can dry in the sun for three to five days to make the harvesting process easier.

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