May 18, 2016
<p>Loading peanut planter boxes in Gaines County, Texas.</p>
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.
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