New high oleic peanut varieties are “where the industry may be heading,” says Jason Sarver, Mississippi State University assistant Extension/research professor.

He discussed variety trials being conducted in the state at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s summer peanut commodity meeting. Varieties include

Georgia 06G and Georgia 09B, Tifguard, Florida 07, FloRun 107, TufRunner 727, TufRunner 511, Georgia 12Y, and Georgia 13M.

“The ones I’m really excited about are TufRunner 511, Georgia 12Y, and Georgia 13M,” Sarver says. “I think this is the way the industry is going over the next couple of years, especially with the 13M. It’s high oleic and it yielded equal to Georgia 12Y, and better than Georgia 06G in the University of Georgia’s variety trials last year.

“It hasn’t graded quite as well as O6G, but it’s pretty close. It’s smaller seeded than 12Y or 06G (770 or so seed per pound in last year’s trials), and if it shakes out with a good disease resistance package and continues to yield well, I could definitely see the industry going that way.

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“12Y is a high yielder, and is smaller seeded, which is what many of the manufacturers are wanting, and it’s looking to be a really good peanut. There is some concern about 12Y being even later than O6G, and if that’s the case, it would be something of a limitation in Mississippi. I think timing and the fact that it is not high-oleic are going to be the biggest issues with it.

“TufRunner 511 yields and grades well, with good disease resistance, especially for white mold, but it’s a very large seeded variety which could potentially be a limitation. I think these new high-oleic cultivars are where the future is going to be for the peanut industry.