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ISSUE DATE: 07/22/2013

Texas peanut grower proud of his state's crop

By Jennifer M. Latzke

In 2012, even in the midst of a severe drought, Texas produced 507.5 million pounds of peanuts, the fourth largest crop in the nation. The Texas peanut industry brings more than $1 billion to the state’s economy—from the farmers to the shellers, and everyone in between.

For three decades, Larry Short and his family have played a role in this Texas peanut industry. On their diversified farm near Rochester, Texas, the Shorts plant peanuts in a rotation with cotton, guar and other crops.

“Peanuts have been our main crop since about 1984,” Short said. “They are at the top of our list.”

A typical rotation is a year of peanuts, followed by cotton and then peanuts again. The Shorts will also grow guar, wheat and hay.

In the past, the Shorts have grown Runner peanuts. This variety has high yields and the roasting characteristics that make them ideal for peanut butter.

This year, though, the family decided to grow Spanish peanuts, TAM Spanish 90s, which are used in candies and has a smaller kernel with reddish skin. Spanish peanuts also have a high oil content, which is great for oil extraction, he explained. Short said the switch was mostly because there was a better market for the peanuts and they still fit into his agronomic rotation on the farm.

“They’re tastier because they have a higher oil content and have a better flavor,” he said. With this switch of varieties, the Shorts also decided to switch to planting their peanuts in twin rows.


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Kansas agriculture agency rethinks scale changes
Kansas Sampler Foundation announces rural promotion classes
Kansas soybean farmer honored for service to biodiesel industry
Kansas soybean farmer honored for service to biodiesel industry
K-State to host Risk and Profit Conference in August
Little purple berry packs big health punch
MU Bradford Research Center had first organic field day
MU Greenley Center offers field day tours on crops, cattle
MU specialists: Fall-planted cover crops become weeds at spring planting
National conference offers ag learning opportunities for teachers
NMSU entomology professor receives competitive USDA Fellowship
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American Sheep Industry Association president comments on RFS repeal bill
Annual convention honors outstanding members
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CCA elects officers at convention
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Egg Industry Center looking to fund research projects
Exports continue to support pork industry
Kansas Cattlemen to hold annual meeting, convention
Kansas Hereford Association to host annual tour
KCA to host Animal Health and Nutrition Seminar and Supper
KLA feedyard leaders spend time in Denver
K-State swine researcher part of award-winning team
Meat Industry Hall of Fame to induct 6 new members
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NILE Gold Buckle Horse Sales now taking consignments
OKC West set to reopen July 24
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NMSU plans motorcycle ride to support Extension service, 4-H programs
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Vinita FFA premieres on TV and wins calf fry award
Watermelon a nutritional staple
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