What is in this article?:
• These new high oleic peanut varieties don’t have quite the disease package as Bailey or Sugg, but they are at least statistically comparable.
• The fact they are high oleic will add some value in the future.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE Peanut Breeder Tom Isleib stands between dug rows of Sullivan and Wynne at the Tidewater Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Va.
High yield potential
At about the same time, Isleib released Bailey, then Sugg, neither of which is high oleic, but both of which contain outstanding disease resistance packages and high yield potential that growers need.
Despite the record rainfall in much of the Southeast peanut belt this year, Bailey in particular, held up well against diseases, and many attribute what appears to be a fair to good peanut crop to the high percentage of these two varieties planted in the region.
Building on the success of Bailey and Sugg, Isleib began testing related, but high oleic varieties, starting with literally thousands of potential types. Of these, several are now in first, second, or fourth year of testing in the Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation tests at Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Va.
In tests in the PVQE, Bailey averaged the top value, coming in at $730 per acre.
“If growers like that about Bailey, they should really love an experimental variety in the same test that consistently averaged better than $800 per acre in early testing in the PVQE trials.
“I really like this variety, experimental line N10046, but until it goes through the PVQE trials for three years my likes and dislikes don’t mean much — it has to perform in these tests before we will consider releasing it as a named variety,” Isleib says.
“I’ve been fooled before, but I think this will be a good one,” he adds.
As peanut growers in the Southeast get into the frenzy that is peanut harvest every year, they can be well assured that even better varieties are on the way.
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