Discussion Points From Recent NC State Extension Agent in-Service Training Session Peanut Notes No. 8 2023

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We recently had an in-service training session for county agents relative to peanuts and cotton. We discussed pod shed and pod maturity in detail. There was also a question about mowing vines close to harvest. I went back to old Peanut Notes and found the following. If you are interested in that information you can go to these links. Also, let me know if you have questions. I plan to discuss peanut maturity and harvesting at the county production meetings this year. We may conduct a trial looking at mowing versus PGR applications. I do know that if you fail to track rows well when you mow the tops of plants or weeds, you will end up with a jungle and tracking rows for digging accurately will be even more difficult. I always mow my weed control plots at Rocky Mount prior to digging and you not only have to go slow but you need to track the rows as if you are digging (unless you have RTK system.) Some of the yield loss we see from digging with our aggressive varieties (excessive vine growth) occurs as the peanut vines and pods move through the digger/inverter. It’s tight.

Pod Maturity and Shed During Digging

Pod Shed Notes

Digging Decisions

Mowing Vines

Results from a Curiosity Trial