Murray Phillips was still gathering peanuts the week before this past Thanksgiving, several weeks later than usual because of October rainfall that delayed harvest of his 2,000-acre crop.

“We’ve been harvesting for about a month,” said Murray in late November. The 2013 Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Southwest region added, “We have two or three weeks to go and quite a few acres left to get in.”

Murray runs a diversified operation near Pearsall, Texas, in Frio County, about an hour south of San Antonio. Combining peanuts typically runs into late fall in Texas’ southernmost production area, but he usually has everything in before Thanksgiving.

“We got a lot of rain in October, just about the time we were ready to start harvest,” he said.

At just past the halfway point, yields were averaging about 5,200 pounds per acre, “about usual,” Murray said. Grades were ranging from 72 to 73 on his runner-type peanuts—Florida-07s and Georgia-09s.

Murray said the growing season brought no surprises.  “It was an average year. Disease was not much trouble so we stayed on the usual fungicide spray schedule.”

Murray expects to plant about the same acreage of peanuts next year. “I don’t know what offers will be available but I’ll probably stick to my usual acreage.”

He also grows corn, carrots, spinach, green beans and a little cotton, but peanuts has always been his favorite crop and he sees no reason to switch anytime soon.