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Peanut is an important crop for the Virginia and the Carolinas. It annually brings over $90 million to the economies of this region from over 180,000 acres planted every year. For example this year, 18,000 acres were planted in Virginia, 88,000 in North Carolina, and 65,000 in South Carolina. Average yield was approximately 1,800 lb/A in Virginia, 2,600 in North Carolina, and 3,200 in South Carolina. Due to suitability to the environmental conditions and existence of a strong peanut industry tailored to process primarily the large-seeded Virginia- type peanut, growers in Virginia and North Carolina generally grow Virginia-type cultivars.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
January 14, 2011