Wiregrass Peanut Crop

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Most Wiregrass peanut farmers had two chances to plant their crops this year.

The peanuts that were planted from April to May were late because of hot temps in June and July, But now, they are ready to be picked.

"During the middle part of May we got 10 inches of rain in Headland. That made 2 separate crops- those that were planted by the first of May. We went through those 10 inches; we did not get anything done until the end of Ma which was right there at our deadline to be planted" says Kris Balkcom, Extension Agronomist

Last year was a record yield, with a great harvest in October.

This year, rain helped farmers create their crops, but now its time to harvest a crop, and for that they would like to see daytime temperatures in the 80s and evening temps in the 70s.

"This year, we had a surplus, so there is not much demand for peanuts. The price was low. They had a good growing season, we had adequate rainfall, and hopefully they will make it through and be able to make it by this year without losing too much" says Balkcom.

The price for farmers to sell their peanuts is currently around $355 a ton.

This means they have to make good yields in order to be profitable and there are plenty of expenses to pay off.

"Even though this year we did not have fuel that as $4 a gallon, farmers had to buy the chemicals used to produce the crop and make it the highest level quality product that we have anywhere in the U.S." said Jimmy Jones, Henry County Extension Coordinator

The Alabama Peanut Producers will have a tent set up at the national peanut festival which is less than one month away.

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