Note from Dr. Phipps
It appears that peanut harvest may be running a little behind because of delays caused by excess rainfall and possibly some delays in maturity. With some excellent drying weather this week, I am hoping that considerable progress will be made in harvest before more rainfall and our next cold front. Today’s frost advisory is forecasting frost in Virginia at Suffolk, Capron, Waverly, Skippers and Lewiston in NC on Sunday and Monday mornings. Frost is also forecast on Tuesday morning in Virginia at Capron, Waverly and Skippers. Low temps during this period are expected to be in the low to mid 30’s (33-38 Fahrenheit).
Based on our current situation, it seems that harvest will be completed or at least everything inverted in windrows for harvest by the end of next week (November 4). Assuming most peanuts will have been harvested and the only ones still in the field are dug and drying in the field, I think it would be reasonable to end our Frost Advisory Program on November 4. Please let me know any thoughts you have about the November 4 date or situations that might require an extension if peanuts have not been dug.
P. M. Phipps, Plant Pathologist
Virginia Tech, Tidewater AREC
6321 Holland Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23437
Office: (757) 657-6450 ext. 413
Cell: (757) 284-5749
Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2011-063)