Time to Plant the Peanuts

An unusually cool, wet spring had many of the state's peanut farmers holding their breath. It may be called the Peach State, but peanuts are a very popular crop in Georgia.

Fields across south Georgia may be dry now, but a few weeks ago it was too much rain that had peanut farmers concerned.

Low temperatures made the soil too cool to plant peanuts.

Bob Davison, a peanut farmer, says, "We started out very cool and with exceptional moisture, more than normal, and kinda slowed up the planning effort."

Despite the wet spring, peanut farmers we've talked to said conditions have improved enough that they'll be able to plant their fields and get right back on track.

Larry Cunningham, a peanut expert, says, "Peanuts being the large row crop, if not the largest row crop, makes it a very big part of the state. I say peanuts are to Georgia what automobiles used to be to Detroit."

Anxious farmers are now ready to get to work in their fields.

Davison adds, "It's gotten hot, and starting to dry out real good, and we're making good progress."

Cool weather behind them, peanut farmers plow ahead into what they hope is a successful season. The Georgia Farm Bureau says state peanut farmers will plant 750,000 acres.