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- Peanuts dodged most disease, insect problems
- More Spanish varieties
With a year that saw regional peanut production receive a break from heavy disease pressure, Texas farmers are seeing strong yields and good grades from some 113,000 acres being harvested.
Peanuts unloading in Memphis, Texas.
More Spanish varieties
Woodward says Spanish yields seem to be improving in the Texas growing area, “but they are still less than we associate with runners.” For 2013, Texas farmers are harvesting about 30,000 acres of Runners, 29,000 acres of Spanish, 40,000 acres of Virginias and about 15,000 acres of Valencias.
Brown says Spanish and Virginia peanuts had a contract price in the $650 per ton range, compared to about $550 for runners. “We had very little disease this year, which really helped,” he says.
Manda Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife IPM Agent, Gaines County, says that along with few disease problems, there was little insect pressure for peanuts this year. There were a few reports of pod rot. “But most producers feel they have pod rot under control,” she says.
The best prevention for pod rot or other diseases is to maintain at least a three-year peanut rotation. “Even more years is better,” Anderson says. “That way you don’t have so much disease buildup.
“If producers have a history of pod rot, they should scout fields and get fungicides applied. Then, scout fields weekly or twice a week to determine if a second application is justified.”