Peanut Farms Need Rain

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Peanuts are considered to be a dry weather plant.

However, some area farmers say they must get rain soon, or they will be forced to replant.

The Headland peanuts show the difference between the rainfall received in the last few weeks, and the ones struggling to find moisture.

"The plants that sprouted and germinated and come up first, you can see are the larger plants. Then, you see the skips out here where the plants are still just cracking the ground, and some really small plants that are just now emerging," says Auburn University Research Assistant Kris Balkcom.

The taller, thicker plants were planted before the last rainfall, which was nearly two weeks ago. They only measured around six-tenths of an inch at the Headland farm.

The smaller plants are still struggling to catch up.

"During this time of year, we don't really require a lot of rainfall, but we do need some frequent showers to keep some moisture close to the surface. We're planting the seeds really shallow to get them to germinate and sprout. Then, we can get by because we don't have a high water demand on the crops," explains Balkcom.

The field does not have irrigation, so it's relying solely on Mother Nature to help it grow.

"There's probably a good reason why I'm not in control of the rain and God is. You can't keep everybody happy, but if I could just have an inch a week. That would probably be great all the way around," concludes Balkcom.

Balkcom says the crop right now is about four inches behind on rainfall.

Balkcom says if rain doesn't come soon, some farmers will be forced to replant.

However, that's something that we'll just have to wait and see.

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