Peanut crops struggling in extreme drought

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 14, 2019 at 4:52 PM CDT
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Farmers across the wiregrass are in the thick of harvesting this year's peanut crops.

The yield is disappointing, all because of the drought.

Peanut crops farther north in Alabama are better off than our region's peanuts, but all are impacted by the dry weather.

Last year, farmers harvested 4,100 pounds per acre of peanuts.

This year that number is down to 3,200.

What's making it even more disappointing is that farmers are having a difficult time getting them out of the very hard ground.

"That is just a localized area in southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia which is a large portion of the peanut production in the nation for the runner type peanut," said Peanut Producer's Association Executive Director Jacob Davis. "So with that reduction in yield, there'll be a little less quantity."

Fewer peanuts could mean a slightly higher price for distributors and shoppers.

The National Peanut Festival kicks off Friday November 1.

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