Peanut growers seek more profitable crops
A significant decline in price potential has last year’s peanut growers looking to other crops in 2013.
According to the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Prospective Plantings report, acreage is declining in every peanut-producing state except Oklahoma. Mississippi is expected to post the greatest percentage decline, down 58 percent from the previous year. The state’s peanut acreage is predicted to drop from 52,000 last year to 22,000 acres this season.
Coahoma County Extension Coordinator Don Respess said growers’ enthusiasm for peanuts has faded significantly in his area. Instead of a dozen growers planting 5,000 acres of peanuts, he has heard of just a couple of farmers planning to plant less than 1,000 acres. Most of those crops will be sold for peanut seeds.