Drake Perrow is a crop consultant and farmer whose family roots run deeper into the South Carolina soil than virtually anyone in the state.

When he talks about agriculture, people tend to listen, and he says despite many weather related problems for growers in 2011, peanut acreage in the state will likely increase next year.

His family measures how long they have been farming in centuries, rather than years. He and his family still farm some of the original land issued to family farmers as part of a land-grant from the King of England back in 1764.

The Perrow family is involved in a cotton gin and a peanut buying company in addition to a large cotton and peanut farming operation in and around Cameron, S.C. 

In addition to his farming operation, Perrow is a highly sought after crop consultant — a job he says has been a tough one this past year.

The 2011 crop year will be one for the record books. For starters, the spring and summer of 2011 has been documented as the hottest on record.

A lack of moisture, followed by hot, dry weather at planting played havoc with getting seed in the  ground and plants out of the ground.

Hot daytime and nighttime temperatures will likely have an adverse affect on yield and quality of crops.

Even though Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee produced amillion dollar rainfall for some parts of the Carolinas, the Calhoun County farms were not that lucky.

Despite these problems, a predicted shortage in edible peanuts and subsequent high prices will likely influence more South Carolina farmers to try peanuts and will encourage those already growing the crop to expand their acreage.

The high prices expected for peanuts in 2012 — some contend up to $1,000 a ton — may cloud the judgment of some growers.