Texas Peanut Crop Update

Peanut season is in full swing and we are getting close to the harvest months. The fields of green are beginning to bloom and rows are starting to fill in. Peanuts are a crop that requires time and care and this is not always easy in the Texas heat. (Pictures taken by Lindsay Hamer on Henson Farms.)

We talked to farmers from all around Texas to keep updated on regional temperatures, irrigation, signs of disease and other positives and negatives that are seen on the farms. Farmers scattered across the Lone Star State don’t always run into the same problems or the same success. They all use varying methods and techniques that work best for their farm. There are some similarities, but also several differences throughout the regions.

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So far farmers across Texas are seeing good growth in the crops. There have been signs of pegging and flowers are blooming vastly. Rows are beginning to fill in, and so far the peanuts are remaining in a constant stage of growth scattered across the regions.

Some parts of Texas have been dry, requiring heavy reliance on irrigating, while others have had the blessing of some scattered rain throughout the season. Panhandle, West Texas, and Central Texas regions are relying on constant irrigation and tender care to the crop, whereas some parts of South Texas have been receiving some rain. The consistent theme of temperatures peaking in the 100s throughout July can make any farmer rely on efficient and effective use of water on the crops.

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Irrigating seems to be a common concern among farmers with the current Texas summer heat. It is important for the peanuts to be wet to keep the crop healthy and produce higher yields. With some still recovering from drought conditions, it is a top priority of these farmers to be as efficient as possible with their water, while producing a healthy crop. Methods of efficient water production will always remain a concern among farmers in order to conserve.

Fungicides are another theme because of the hot weather. Farmers are making sure to prevent disease and unwanted weeds throughout the fields. There has not been too many signs of disease or damage seen so far and hopefully this continues until harvest.

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