Burke – Jenkins Ag News

Peanut Harvest Update

The 2013 peanut harvest is moving at a rapid pace. The open weather we have been experiencing is a big plus for picking peanuts and defoliating cotton. The peanut yield is not as high as last year, but neither is it a wash either. Keep in mind, we only had 40″-50″ of rain since May! I have spoken to a couple of the area buying points about the quality situation, they said that many grades are running between 73-76%. As I continue to check peanuts for maturity, it is obvious the peanuts are filled out to the very end. I am still blasting peanuts, so feel free to call or bring a sample by the Extension Office to check.

I visited Howard Black’s farm the other afternoon to check on his harvest progress. While I was there, I took several pictures and a few action videos. Howard and Peter Mack (main tractor operator) were working hard trying to finish the day.

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Howard is about to dismount from the tractor to check things out.

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Peter Mack, main peanut inverter operator, takes a minute for a quick snapshot.

Here are a few video clips I took of Howard’s peanut harvest operation. Enjoy!