Terry County peanut grower talks about season, thankful for average to above average yields

"The early part of the season, we had decent moisture and had a good peg set, so everything except during August went pretty smoothly,” says Becker.

As peanut harvest comes to a close for 2017, Texas Peanut Producers Board Executive Director Shelly Nutt says yields have been average to above average, with many regions in Texas having received the beneficial late summer and early fall rains to finish out the crop.

Near Brownfield, Texas, Terry County grower Mason Becker may not have received the August rainfall, but he says overall, it’s been a “pretty decent peanut year.”

“We had a pretty dry August. The early part of the season, we had decent moisture and had a good peg set, so everything except during August went pretty smoothly,” says Becker, who also grows cotton, milo, wheat and black-eyed peas. “We’ve seen yields this year average 20 percent above average. We’ve been blessed with a good peanut harvest.”

Becker primarily grows Georgia-11J Virginia peanuts, but he says he also grew 60 acres of organic Spanish peanuts this year.

“They yielded really well and they are contracted at three times the money as our conventional acres,” he says. “I would never have thought I would have been growing anything organic, but it’s hard not to look at it for the money when it pays three times the contracted value.”

To hear more about Becker’s 2017 peanut crop, view the above video.

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