Winners in the yield contest sponsored by the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association were announced at the organization’s annual conference.

“Even with the late planting that affected many growers, and drought in some production areas, contest winners achieved outstanding yields,” says Malcolm Broome, who presented the awards.

Winning first place in the 100 acre to 400 acre category was Greg Norton, Norton Farms, Greenwood Springs, Miss., who had a 5,417.12 pound per acre yield.

Van Hensarling Red Oaks Farm, Richton, Miss., was winner in the 401 acre to 800 acre category, with a yield of 5,512.76 pounds per acre. Winning second place in the 401-800 acre category was Kyle Williams, Kyle’s Farm Service, Wayne County, Miss., with a 4,622.67 pound per acre yield.

Joe Morgan, Jr., M&M Farms, Hattiesburg, Miss., was winner in the 801 acre-plus category with a yield of 5,444.96 pounds per acre. Taking second place in the 801 acre-plus division was Bud Seward, Seward Farms, Lucedale, Miss., with a per acre yield of 5,237.89 pounds.

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“We have some outstanding growers in Mississippi, who produce consistently high yields of quality peanuts,” Broome says. “There are so many variables that can affect yield, such as variety, planting date, soil type, cultural practices, proper harvesting, and weather — just to name a few — and this competition helps to shine the spotlight on those who put together a top-notch production package.”

Winners received plaques and cash awards.