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Texas peanut planting nears half-way markTexas peanut planting nears half-way mark

Ron Smith 1

May 18, 2016

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As of mid-May, Texas farmers had planted 42 percent of anticipated peanut acres and Oklahoma had planted 51 percent, according to the USDA- National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates. Conditions were favorable across the region with moisture mostly in the adequate to surplus range. In Oklahoma, 73 percent of peanut acreage was considered adequate for moisture, with only 4 percent rated very short, 20 percent short and 3 percent with surplus moisture. In Texas, 10 percent was ranked very short, 35 percent short, 46 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

Recent open weather has allowed producers to get into fields and move planting ahead.

Robbie Blount, Executive Director, Western Peanut Growers Association, says Gaines County, Texas, remains dry as farmers plant between cold spells. “Conditions have been cooler than normal,” Blount says, “and we’ve had cold and warm stretches that have delayed planting.” She was out in the field recently and captured these images of peanut planting in progress.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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