Peanut Harvest Progress and Quality
Peanut harvest is now on the home stretch in the U.S., but it’s running behind our normal pace, says USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey.
Rippey… “The peanut harvest passed the halfway mark, and reached 56% complete by October 25th. But that is ten points behind the five-year average of 66%, and even further behind last year's 74%. All eight production states either at or behind their typical harvest pace at this point.”
Rippey says the quality has held in there and is improved upon last year’s numbers at this time.
Rippey… “All of the wet weather and tropical systems have taken a toll on a portion of the peanut crop, but overall, the crop not looking too bad: 64% good to excellent, 8%, very poor to poor. Those numbers changed slightly from last week when we were at 67% good to excellent and 8% very poor to poor.”
This does represent a big improvement from last year’s 54% good-to-excellent and 16% very poor-to-poor, but late season storms have had an impact.
Rippey… “Biggest impact from the tropical systems was Sally back more than a month ago. 41% of Florida's peanuts rated very poor to poor.”
Wishing our regions peanut farmers a bountiful harvest as they wrap up the 2020 season.