EDITOR’S NOTE — Each summer, Farm Press, along with its co-sponsors, presents the Peanut Profitability Awards to deserving growers from each peanut-producing region who have simultaneously achieved top yields and cost efficiency over their entire operations. Since these awards are based on the previous year’s production, we thought it would be interesting to see how our 2012 honorees fared during the most recent growing season.

Fifty-five inches of rain from planting until harvest is too much rain for any farmer, even a dryland peanut producer.

In late June of 2012, Tropical Storm Debby proved to be a drought buster for parts of north Florida, but she also left plenty of damage in her wake, including some severe flooding at I.C. Terry Farms near Lake City.

“Under the circumstances, we did fair this past year with our peanut crop,” says Ross Terry. Ross, along with William and James Terry, were the Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winners for the Lower Southeast Region in 2012. 

I.C. Terry Farms is family owned and operated, with Ross being a cousin to brothers William and James.

Despite the flooding, Terry Farms still averaged 4,800 pounds per acre from about 160 acres.

The Terrys follow a unique rotation, planting peanuts for three consecutive years following baihiagrass. They keep their bahiagrass stands for about nine years before they disturb the land and prepare it for the next peanut crop.

“Nearly 12 acres of our peanuts were completely washed out by the storm, but we still managed to do fairly well and our quality and grades were good,” says Ross.

I.C. Terry Farms includes about 2,500 total acres and 200 head of beef cattle. They only grow enough peanuts they can care for themselves, says Ross.