Murray Phillips doesn’t get bored — his diverse Frio County, Texas, farm offers plenty of activity year-round.

He’s currently growing corn (sweet, white and yellow), cotton, wheat (irrigated and dryland) green beans, spinach, carrots and his favorite crop, peanuts.

“We’re peanut farmers,” he says. “They’re the most acreage I grow.” He’s planting about 2,000 acres this year and expects to average 5,000 pounds per acre if all goes well. “Sometimes we’ll make 6,000 pounds in some areas,” he says.

Consistent yields and attention to production detail earned Phillips the 2013 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award for the Southwest Region.

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