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Its hard to believe that harvest time is just around the corner, but we will soon be digging peanuts. There has been a lot of talk/speculation about how the crop is maturing this year and we just don’t know yet. We know what will happen in drought years but it is hard to predict how all the rain this year will affect this year’s crop. Glenn and I have already checked a few early planted fields of which all were maturing normally.

We be offering maturity clinics every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM beginning Tuesday September 3rd until Friday October 4th. Hot boiled peanuts will be on the burner so you can snack while you wait. If you need some samples checked before or after those dates contact me (229-873-2359) to setup an appointment. We look forward to seeing you there!

Taking a good sample is CRUCIAL in determining the proper time to dig so here is a reminder of how to pull a sample for profiling peanut maturity.

A peanut hull scrape maturity check will be as accurate as the sample that you take. Pull or dig up at least 5 to 6 adjacent plants from at least three representative parts of a field which can be dug in one day. Keep these samples from each area of the field separate. Pick ALL the peanuts off the plants until you get around 200 peanuts (a sample should contain between 180 and 220 peanut pods). Pick the vine clean. If it will be a while before you can bring the sample then pick off the sample and keep the peanuts in a bucket of water to keep them fresh.


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