More than 200 farmers and agribusiness leaders from across South Carolina saw and heard the latest research information on peanuts and corn at a Fall Field Day at the Edisto Agriculture Research and Education Center in Blackville, S.C.

“Peanuts look great across the state,” says Clemson Peanut Specialist Scott Monfort. Speaking at the meeting, Monfort said harvest date may be a little tricky on some varieties this year because of some wet weather and a spread out planting period.

However, for the most part the South Carolina peanut belt, which runs south to north from Georgia to North Carolina, received timely rainfall and generally good production weather throughout the growing season, he noted.

Based on recent samples, several April-planted fields of Virginia variety peanuts are ready to dig or are within a week of being ready, Monfort said. But in some cases the lack of rain, too much rain, cooler conditions or cloudy skies has put some crops a week or two behind.

For example, he added, “Not all April-planted Baileys are ready, and Runners planted in April are still two or three weeks away from maturity.”

David Gunter, Clemson corn, soybean and small grain specialist said harvest is not quite complete on this year’s corn crop, but he expects it to be above average in yield and quality. “I’ve seen a lot of corn across the state this year, and almost without exception, it looks great — looks like we could have a really good year,” Gunter said.

The growing season wasn’t perfect for corn this year, but it was really good. There have been some problems with leaf rust sporadically around the state. And this year Holcus leaf spot showed up in more than a few places in South Carolina corn. Though there is some debate about what was and what wasn’t Holcus, Gunter says, the main point is that it had little impact on final corn yields.