V-C Crop Update (April 2011)
Weather patterns have been relatively favorable up until this past week to perform field operations for peanut across most of the V-C region. Fields requiring fumigation for CBR have received this input and are ready for planting (Photograph 1). Soil temperatures have warmed to adequate levels for germination and seedling emergence and growers will begin planting as soon as fields dry (Photograph 2). Increased cotton acreage will put pressure on time and equipment during the first two weeks of May and could possibly delay some plantings of peanut until the third week of May. While peanut has been planted in some areas, acres planted constitute less than 1% of the total V-C region. This should change dramatically in the next two weeks. Current acreage projections for plantings in 2011 are lower than 2010 and include: 70,000 acres in South Carolina (up 4%), 81,000 acres in North Carolina (down 7%), and 14,000 acres in Virginia (down 22%).
Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2011-010)