Frost Question

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Question:

I know it is early to talking about frost but with many acres of peanuts in the ground still and a number of days before digging will resume there will be some growers digging close to a frost. I found in the production guide about not digging at least three days before a frost. I want to say I have heard in the past that you have a certain amount of days to dig peanuts after a frost before vines die and peanuts shed. Is that true? If so, what would be the time?

Answer:

In the past I have stated that you need to have at least 3 days between digging and a frost to avoid freeze damage. I also think 3 days after a frost you will begin to have some pods beginning to shed if peanuts are not dug. But that depends on the degree of frost. This probably does not apply to a light frost but would apply to one that is a major frost event.

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2015-143)