Checklist for Growing Peanuts

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 Checklist for Growing Peanuts 

David Jordan, Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University 


There are numerous items one should consider when growing peanuts. The following topics are important to consider. Details on these topics are presented in 2012 Peanut Information. Additional information is available through your local Cooperative Extension office, the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 


Production costs

Realistic yield potential

Contract price

Net return desired

Time and labor capacity with respect to other farm operations

Rotation systems

Appropriate soil for peanuts

Production in conventional and reduced tillage systems

Establishment and maintenance optimum pH

Balance of macronutrients

Manganese and boron deficiencies and avoiding toxicities

Calcium nutrition for runner and virginia market types

Nitrogen fixation and inoculation

Planting dates, plant populations and seeding rates

Matching varieties with field history and pest management decisions

Managing nematodes

Managing leaf spot and stem rot (including resistance)

Managing CBR

Managing Sclerotinia blight

Managing tomato spotted wilt

Managing thrips

Managing southern corn rootworm

Managing fall army worms, corn earworms and beet armyworms

Managing potato leaf hopper

Managing spider mites

Managing winter vegetation in reduced tillage systems

Managing broadleaf sedge and grass weeds

Managing herbicide resistant weeds

Possible carryover of herbicide residues to other crops

Compatibility of agrochemicals

IPM and secondary pest outbreaks (anticipating problems)

Irrigation scheduling

Managing excessive vine growth using Apogee

Timely digging, Accurate digging, and digging capacities

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2011-069)