As for weed control, the Terry’s have had problems with beggarweed, but Valor has been effective, he says. “We apply it immediately after planting.

“As a follow-up, we apply 2,4-DB four to six weeks after planting and Cadre for nutgrass. Then, we use Classic if needed. We also incorporate Sonalan prior to planting.”

In assessing the Terrys’ keys to efficiency, James says it all starts with the bahia grass rotation. “That’s what makes the entire peanut production system work,” he says.

The family’s peanuts are sold to Lance, and they have a contract for this year’s crop of $750 per ton.

Low overhead, says James, also helps to maintain efficiency and profitability. “Our newest tractor is 12 years old, and the oldest one is 40 years old,” he says. “Both of our pickers are second-hand, but we try to keep them in good condition.”

Labor costs on the farm are also minimal, he adds. “I have a son who helps during harvest, but other than that, it’s the three of us as far as labor.”

“We do what we can do, and what we can’t do, we wait until the next day,” says Ross.

Timeliness is essential on the farm, he says. “Peanuts are our basic crop, so we spend more time on them. We don’t try and get too big, since there are only three of us.”

Retired Extension Agent Thomas says the Terry’s are an asset to the entire agricultural community. “They not only do the work, but they’re more than willing to share what they do. They are open to having people on their farm and sharing their information.”

One way of sharing this information is by hosting the popular Peanut Twilight Tour, set for this year on Thursday, Aug. 16, at I.C. Terry Farms, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All area peanut growers are invited to the tour, which includes discussions on a wide variety of subjects, and a field tour that includes stops on varieties, pest management options, and updates from University of Florida and University of Georgia peanut specialists.

For more information on the tour, call the Columbia County Extension Office at 386-752-5384.