This year’s honorees include:

Lower Southeast Region — I.C. Terry Farms, Lake City, Fla.

Upper Southeast Region — Bud Bowers, Luray, S.C.

Southwest Region — Joe D. White, Tillman County, Oklahoma.

“Our Lower Southeast winners – the Terry’s – are unique in that their production is all dryland, in a bahia grass rotation system they’ve perfected over many years.

“Our Southwest winner does an excellent job of managing fixed costs, which is an important component of the award criteria. His equipment costs are very low, and he also does an excellent job of marketing his crop.

“Our Upper Southeast winner is one of the most innovative producers I’ve seen in the program. He shows amazing flexibility in his management skills, using a field-specific mentality,” says Lamb.

The Peanut Profitability Award isn’t simply a “top yield” prize, stresses Greg Frey, publisher of Farm Press Publications.

“The distinction of being named a Peanut Profitability winner is reserved only for those producers who balance production costs with excellent yields and quality, across their entire peanut production system,” says Frey.

“Our winners this year — just as in years past — controlled costs while maximizing yields and profits. It’s not easy to achieve such a balance, and that’s why we feel it’s important to recognize those who accomplish it,” he says.

But recognizing deserving growers isn’t the only aim of the Peanut Profitability Program, says Frey.

“Education is an equally important component of the program. There’s much to learn about successful peanut production, and Farm Press helps to make this information available by publishing numerous articles throughout the year focusing on maintaining high yields and efficiency. Growers also will benefit from reading about the production practices of this year’s award winners.”

Lamb and his staff at the National Peanut Research Laboratory evaluate entries each year for the Peanut Profitability Award. Lamb designed the nomination form that is used by growers in determining production efficiency.

The Peanut Profitability Awards, explains Lamb, are based solely on production efficiency — honoring those growers who produce the highest yields at the lowest cost per acre. The awards are based on a producer’s entire farm operation, and not just on individual farms or small plots.

Lamb explains that profit is a function of three equally important factors — yield, price and cost.

“More importantly, this program helps other farmers learn from what our winning producers did so they can improve their individual operations. In addition to being a recognition program, it’s also an excellent educational program.”

Sponsors of this year’s awards include AMVAC Chemical Corporation; Arysta LifeScience; Becker Underwood; DuPont Crop Protection; Golden Peanut Company; Helena Chemical Company;  INTX Microbials, LLC; Rio Tinto Minerals; Syngenta Crop Protection; National Peanut Board; Southeast Farm Press; Delta Farm Press; and Southwest Farm Press.

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