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  • Organic peanuts? Row covers?

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    Anonymous

    Has anyone ever grown organic peanuts? Has anyone ever used row covers to extend the growing season of peanuts or vegetables, how cold can it get without frosting under the row cover?

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    lilypotter
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    I actually don't know about growing organic peanuts but as per the study the talk of geniticists is as follows:
    "There is a market for organic peanuts from the Southeast if we can just grow them," said Corley Holbrook, a peanut geneticist with the United States Department of Agriculture.

    "Growing organic peanuts in Southern states like Georgia has seemed almost impossible until recently." "Growing an organic peanut crop in Georgia is going to be a challenge for two reasons: weed control and disease control," said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.

    Holbrook and other scientists with USDA and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Ga., have developed a new peanut line called C11-2-39 that shows promise for resisting disease and shading out weeds. "I'm amazed at this new (peanut). It's able to survive and thrive after an attack of fungus. It also spreads out more readily to help shade out weeds," said Shirley Daughtry, who grew the experimental peanut on her farm near Savannah.

    But weed pressure, she said, still remains a big production hurdle to overcome. Carroll Johnson, a USDA weed specialist, presented several organically acceptable weed-fighting techniques now under experimentation, including nontoxic herbicides, propane flaming and planting into other crops. But at this point "there's no way around hand weeding early in the season," he said. He recommended planting organic peanuts in fields with the least historic weed pressure. Other new peanut lines developed in Georgia and Florida show potential. Several weed, disease and general production experiments are also under way. Researchers at the USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga., are conducting economic research on organic peanuts.

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