The U.S. record average peanut yield was set in 2008, at 3,426 pounds per acre, and in 2009, it was close to that record yield.

Over the last four to five years, the United States has been above 3,000 pounds per acre, and the trend has been about 3,350.

Acreage, on the other hand, has responded to market conditions, with boom and bust-type cycles. This past year, U.S. peanut acreage was pegged at 1.141 million.

This marks the first time in the history of the Peanut Profitability Award that winners have been selected from the states of Florida and Oklahoma, says Lamb.

The winning growers will be honored during the 14th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City, Fla., July 19-21.

Each of this year’s winning growers represents one of the three major U.S. peanut production regions — the Southwest Region, the Upper Southeast Region and the Lower Southeast Region. Farm Press established the awards program in cooperation with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.