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Price will be the major determinant of how many acres Mississippi peanut producers plant this year, says Mike Howell, Mississippi State University Extension peanut specialist at Poplarville. “That’s a big question right now, and nobody has any real insight,” he said at the annual convention of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association.
Georgia 06G and Georgia Greener top yielders
“In late-planted trials at Lucedale Georgia 06G, with 5,006 pounds, and Georgia Greener, with 4,959 pounds, again came to the top. Georgia 09B, with 4,821 pounds, did well and was comparable to Florida 07, with 4,731 pounds.
“I’m not sure what happened with the AT 215 variety — it’s a shorter-maturing peanut and we typically get pretty decent yields. We think it will have potential in the northern parts of the state, where we could plant a bit later and still have them mature on time.”
In the Hamilton late-planted trial, Georgia 06G and Georgia Greener were dead even, Howell says, with 3,409 pounds, followed closely by Georgia 09B, with 3,119 pounds. In the Stoneville late-planted trial, Georgia 06G came out on top, with 4,774 pounds, followed by Georgia Greener, with 4,506 pounds. Averaging the late-planted trials, Georgia 06G led, with 4,395 pounds, and Georgia Greener was runner-up, with 4,921 pounds.
“When we average all locations and planting dates, Georgia 06G was the leader, with 4,622 pounds, followed by Georgia Greener, 4,581 pounds; Georgia 07W, 4,136 pounds; Georgia Green, 4,076 pounds; and Florida 07, 4,069 pounds.
“We had a sizable shift in acres last year to Georgia 06G, with a lesser amount of Georgia Greener. I think many growers weren’t that familiar with Georgia Greener, but it’s a variety I believe we need to take another look at, based on its performance in our trials.”
Grade samples were taken from all of our trials, he says, but there was no significant difference in grade for any of the varieties.
In the 2011 season, Howell says, “We will continue to work with producers to utilize the Peanut Prescription Rx program that was developed by researchers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida to help reduce the number of fungicide applications.