A peanut plant cracks through the soil and overtime grows to join other plants eventually lapping the field's row middles. It’s something peanut farmers watch each day of each season. But they don’t see it happen this fast.
University of Georgia Extension Peanut Specialist Scott Monfort last year set up four Plotwatcher Pro trail cams to watch over four different peanut research plots in south Georgia, taking daily pictures of the plots from cracking to lapping.
“What we wanted to do was to document and see how different varieties (in this case GA-06G and GA-12Y) performed in differing row patterns and to see in what way they grew and how many days after planting it took them to lap the middles,” said Monfort, who has set up trail cams for similar research this year.
Other than watching in just 45 seconds or so the progress of the peanut plants from emergence to 60 or 70 days after planting, it’s interesting to watch the ambient temperature reading at the lower right hand of each time-lapse video, which reached more than 100 degrees many days before lapping happened.
These videos were provided by Monfort, and Southeast Farm Press appreciates him sharing them with us. We added the cheesy, yet catchy, music to the videos.