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Georgia Peanut Seed

Posted by romeethredge on April 4, 2013

Seed Quality and Quantity

A major concern each year as we enter planting time is “will we have enough seed?” and “how good are the seed?” UGA Extension Scientist, Dr. John Beasley answers some of these questions here. Seed quantity will not be an issue this year, at least not for Georgia-06G. It was planted on 77% of the acreage planted in 2012 for seed production in the Southeast. There was approximately 130,000 acres planted last year to produce the 2013 seed supply. At 77%, Georgia-06G was planted on approximately 100,000 acres. Considering the fact we will reduce acreage in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia, seed supply of Georgia-06G will be plentiful.

According to USDA’s March Planting Intentions Report, they indicate we will plant 475,000 acres in Georgia this year, equaling the planted acreage of 2011, which was the lowest planted acreage in Georgia since 1926. We planted approximately 735,000 acres in 2012 in Georgia.

Seed supply of all other cultivars will be limited, and in some cases, very limited. Seed production acreage of Georgia-07W, Tifguard, Florida-07, and Georgia Greener were all 5% of the total seed production acreage in 2012. Georgia-09B was planted on 2% and FloRunTM ‘107’ was planted on 1%, meaning these two high-oleic cultivars will be very limited in seed supply (see article above). Any producer wanting seed of any cultivar other than Georgia-06G needs to make those arrangements ASAP.

Seed supply of the two newest releases, Georgia-12Y and TUFRunner ‘727’ will be strictly for seed increase and will not be available for commercial production in 2013.

Seed Quality – The following is a general comment from the Georgia Department of Agriculture Seed Lab in Tifton. ”The Georgia Department of Agriculture Seed Laboratory has tested over 7000 peanut samples dating from October 2012 to March 2013. The quality of the peanuts is very good, with germination running 80 to 90 percent.”

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