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Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:32:26 CDT

Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures Peanuts are the shining star of Oklahoma agriculture in 2011, as it appears that the 2011 crop will be very close to an average crop and that Oklahoma will produce close to the same number of pounds this year as in 2010 (No other crop in the state can make that claim in the midst of the exceptional drought of 2011)- and here are a few pictures from the September 27th Fall Peanut Field Day held at the Caddo Research Station in Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma. These pictures provide a feel of how well the 2011 peanut crop has performed in the face of the drought Oklahoma has endured throughout the growing season.

The picture above is of one of the rapidly maturing peanut fields at the Research Station. OSU Extension Officials believe that this field and others like it have been able to maintain good to excellent yield potential because they had water early on- and were able to "lap" over the rows and keep the sun from raising the soil temperature to levels where the pegs put out by the plants would be harmed.

The pictures below show some of the peanuts in shell that have been produced this year. At the Research Station variety test plots, the first shot below is of Red River Runners, a variety that has set the standard in recent years in Oklahoma for the runner variety of peanuts,

The next shot shows a board that helps determine the maturity of peanuts in the hull after they have been "blasted." Blasting means that a producer will pull a sample of plants with the peanuts out of the ground- those hulls are pulled from the plant and put in a bucket where they are balsted with a pressure washer. Once the hulls have been blasted, they are placed on the board and you can determine how close to maturity they may be.

The next shot is of peanuts that are almost white in color- this means they are more than thirty days out from being mature.

The final shot is of some peanuts in hulls that are dark- these peanuts are ready to be dug and harvested.

We have a lot of pcitures from the September 27 Field Day- they are available for you to see by going to our Flickr page- click here for the set of pictures of the 2011 Peanut Field Day.


Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures

Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures

Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures

Oklahoma 2011 Peanut Field Day in Pictures

These pictures are from the 2011 Peanut Field Day held in Caddo County, Oklahoma


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