Approximately 150 people attended the 60th Annual Peanut Field Day and Annual meeting at the Peanut Research Station near Lewiston-Woodville. Deputy Director of North Carolina State Co-op Extension, Tom Melton was pleased with the crowd:
“We have had a great turn out today. A lot of interested growers and we are having close to record yields this year but people still want to learn more. Coming out to a field day like this, they can learn about the agronomic aspects of peanut production and pest control. Also the markets and how to better sell their peanuts.
It really has been a good peanut growing season. It’s one of those rare years where we get the rainfall when we needed it making it a good production year. It’s been a little hard on diseases because of the rainfall keeping the fungus activity high. But otherwise it’s been a great production year.
We have some good tools for weed management, but it’s a matter of staying on top of it and monitoring it to be sure to keep all of the weeds and pests under control.
There are several field days coming up. The next one is the cotton field day on September 12. They always have a great turn out for that one. There is a little less interest in cotton due to prices, but the research is out there and you never know when you will go back to cotton.
I wanted to add that we appreciate everyone supporting the college and university and we are glad to have you come out to the field days.”
Two peanut field days will be held next week, one on Tuesday, the other on Thursday. Check out our calendar for more details.