Some say old habits die hard, but when it comes to growing peanuts this year, killing off some past habits may be the difference between making and losing money.

South Carolina and Clemson University Peanut Specialist Scott Monfort says he’s gotten an unusually high number of questions this year about which variety to plant.

Under some circumstances planting the right variety can save a grower $30 to $50 per acre, especially on fungicide costs, he says.

In particular, planting Bailey versus some of the more disease prone Virginia-type varieties can save growers big money on fungicide costs, he adds.

Last year in variety tests at the Edisto Research Station in Blackville and the PeeDee Research Station in Florence, the impact of disease resistant versus disease prone varieties was clearly evident.

“I have received a lot of questions over the past few weeks regarding variety performance and disease resistance compared to Bailey (our new standard).  Remember to keep in mind the disease package when picking a variety (Not just yield and grade). A susceptible variety could cost you an extra $30 to $50 per acre over the growing season compared to Bailey,” Monfort says.

“Bailey produces a large plant and that has been a problem for some growers. And, it’s not a cure-all remedy for peanut production, but in terms of natural disease protection, combined with yield potential, it is a good option for many growers,” he adds.

Last year Clemson researchers looked at several popular Virginia and runner type peanut varieties, grown with only three leafspot fungicide applications.

Of the eight varieties tested, Bailey out-yielded the next highest one by more than 600 pounds per acre.

Bailey produced 5,006 pounds per acre. Spain, Gregory and VA 98 R all topped 4,300 pounds per acre. Georgia 11 J, NC V-11 and Florida Fancy all topped 4,000 pounds per acre. Perry and Phillips each produced about 3,900 pounds per acre.