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Once the Rain Stops, Weed Control Will Be an Issue

Projected peanut acres for South Carolina have been all over the map. Early projections due to reduced contract prices were low, but Clemson University Extension Peanut Specialist Dr. Scott Monfort says it’s looking to end up somewhere in the middle:

“We will be reduced from last year but I think on our average from the last two before that we will be up. I was starting off to say we were in the 70-75,000 acre range but we may see in the 80-85 range. The numbers that came out of USDA had us at 90,000 acres but I don’t think we will make that, unless I hear something different over the next couple of weeks.”

Fortunately, for South Carolina growers the planting window for peanuts is rather large, Monfort says every inch of it has been used:

“Our planting window is from the last part of April to now. We are pretty much done, but we had a large chunk planted the last part of May. Those coming up, with this rain, there will be stand issues and water that might cause disease but for the most part they look good.”

As far as early issues, Monfort explains that most can be attributed to excessive rainfall:

“We have had some issues with thrips over the last few weeks causing some damage.”

And of course, with the rain will come weeds, lots and lots of weeds says Monfort:

“People cannot get out into their fields to put out their miler when they planted now we are having some problems because its still too wet. We will be battling the weeds over the next three weeks.”

Edisto Research and Education Center Peanut Specialist Dr. Scott Monfort. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.