Five inches of rain. That’s all the Guenther brothers, Isaac, John and George, got on their Gaines County, Texas, farm in 2013. Five inches total, and only about three inches fell during the growing season; still they made their best ever overall average peanut yield—6,680 pounds per acre on 465 acres.
Owen Yoder had an idea last year that his peanut crop was shaping up to be a good one, but he didn’t realize how good until he began harvesting.
“Farming conversations with me don’t usually go very far before we start talking about peanuts,” says long-time Dinwiddie, Va., grower Billy Bain.