Peanut Podblasting

— Written By Curtis Fountain and last updated by
Duplin County Center
Heat unit requirements for popular varieties are:
Bailey  2,590
CHAMPS  2,550
NC-V 11  2,650
Perry  2,720
Phillips  2,680
Sugg  2,630

Local weather stations reveal the following heat unit (DD56s) accumulation since May 1:
Kenansville  2,533
Clinton  2,653
Kinston  2,664

Remember heat units are not the sole driver of plant growth/development. Moisture is equally important. Too much moisture or too little moisture can slow plant growth/development.

Two podblastings have been scheduled at this point. Details are listed below.

Peanut Podblasting
Thursday, September 11  –  10:00 am
David Matthews Farm Shop – Turkey

Peanut Podblasting
Wednesday, September 17  –  10:00 am
Four County Peanut Services – Warsaw

Please remember podblasting results are only as good as the field sample. 150 harvestable pods (a volume of approximately 2 quarts) are needed for each field sample. Ideally, choose 4 representative locations within a field. Dig 1-2 plants at each location. From total plants secured, select the most representative plants that will total at least 150 harvestable pods. Remove all harvestable pods from the representative plants. If pods will dry prior to podblasting, place the pods in water. Water will maintain outer pod moisture and speed the podblasting process.
Multiple podblastings (approximately 10 days apart) are encouraged. Multiple podblastings will allow you to note the progression of the crop, confirm earlier efforts, and better time optimum maturity. You will also consider total acreage, digging capacity, harvest capacity, weather, etc. in making digging date decisions.
If you would like to construct a basket so you can podblast when you like, click here for The University of Georgia A Simple, Quick, Inexpensive Peanut Blaster. Contact me for a profile board.

Additional podblastings will be scheduled. If you would like to schedule such, please give me a call.

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