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Peanut Update – Maturity Check

We are currently busy checking this years peanut crop for maturity. As of today, peanuts that were planted April 26 are 135 days old. With the hot, dry weather that we have been experiencing, these fields COULD begin to lose yield. UGA Extension Peanut Agronomist Scott Monfort recommends evaluating all fields that are 90 days-after-planting.

– A few notes from our specialists:

Tubbs – If the peanuts were planted in late April/early May they are nearing around 18-19 weeks after planting getting back down to only requiring approximately 1 inch of water per week. If the peanuts were planted in Mid-May they are around 15-18 weeks after planting requiring an average of 1.75 inches per week. The crop still needs water up until maturity so don’t stop irrigating too soon, or continue to irrigate too long.

Kemerait – If a grower is three or less weeks away from projected harvest and does not currently have a disease issue.  Good news!  This grower should be good-to-go for the remainder of the season and no more fungicides are required.

Wes Porter –  If the peanuts were planted in late April/early May they are nearing around 18-19 weeks after planting getting back down to only requiring approximately 1 inch of water per week. If the peanuts were planted in Mid-May they are around 15-18 weeks after planting requiring an average of 1.75 inches per week. The crop still needs water up until maturity so don’t stop irrigating too soon, or continue to irrigate too long. 

Over the past week, we have seen Dooly County dryland peanuts ready to dig as early as 120-125 days-after-planting, however, keep in mind that each field is unique and can mature at different rates. For this reason, please do not hesitate to bring a representative sample of your peanuts to the extension office to have us check maturity for you.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Dooly County Extension Office.