Chad Godsey, OSU Extension peanut specialist, said the new variety will be a good fit because of improved grade and earliness. In recent years, Oklahoma acreage has turned more to Spanish peanuts because of earlier maturity, Godsey said. “We’ve struggled with runner peanuts the last two years because of maturity,” he said. Yields have been acceptable “but the grades were low.

“With the earlier maturity of Red River Runner and the improved grades and more money to the producer, I think farmer interest will be high. We will plant as much seed as is available next year, and I think we will see significant acreage in 2012.”

“I think Red River Runner will become the dominant peanut variety for Oklahoma in just a few years,” said Mike Kubicek, executive secretary, Oklahoma Peanut Commission.

Jeff Wright, Oklahoma Foundation Seed, said they would have “an ample supply” of Red River Runner for 2011.