Chapin considers Georgia Greener to be the new standard runner-type variety for South Carolina growers, replacing the long-time standard Georgia Green.

“Most of our runner production is dryland and Georgia Greener has the smaller pod size to stand up better to drought. Georgia Greener is more resistant to virus and CBR than Georgia Green and has consistently out-yielded Georgia Green in our trials. 

“Like Georgia Green, Georgia Greener has a relatively small bush which can be a negative in shading out pigweed,” Chapin says

Georgia 06G may be the top choice for a runner under irrigation, says Chapin. Georgia 06G is a large pod runner which often tops the yield test, but is more drought susceptible than Georgia Greener.

TifGuard is another new runner with excellent yield performance. Tifguard was released for its nematode resistance, but even in the absence of nematode pressure, Tifguard is a very competitive variety. 

“We are lucky to not have much of a peanut nematode problem yet in South Carolina, so Tifguard is less important here, but we have been impressed with Tifguard’s yield performance.”

Georgia 07W is recommended for fields known to have severe white mold problems under standard fungicide programs. “Georgia 07W has also been very competitive under low white mold pressure, but not quite up to the yields we see with Georgia greener or Georgia 06G,” he adds

Florida 07 is another high yielding, large pod runner. This is a high oleic variety and therefore shellers have offered some $25 per ton contract premiums over other runners. Florida 07 has done well in South Carolina, but should be planted no later than May 20 due to being about 7-10 days later than the above runner varieties.