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Question of the Week – Perennial Peanut

Posted by romeethredge on August 8, 2014

Last week I asked about a forage where they were cutting some for hay. It was Perennial Peanut. It makes an excellent, high quality hay for horses and all kinds of livestock.


Here’s some info from the UGA Forages web site.

Perennial peanut is a rhizomatous peanut species that produces high-quality forage and persists well in the area in which it is adapted. This tropical legume is native to South America in a region that mostly lies north of the 30°S latitude. As a result, perennial peanut generally does not survive well north of the 31.5°N latitude (roughly a line from Albany to Jesup). Within these locations, it is best suited to well-drained sandy or sandy loam soils. Varieties that are currently available do not have good cold tolerance and may winter-kill during severe winters.

Perennial peanuts are established by planting rhizomes during December – early March at 80 bushels per acre (up to 120 bushels per acre, if sprigs are inexpensive or freely available.). Perennial peanut may require two years or more to develop a solid stand after sprigging. The establishment phase will be minimized under irrigation. Once established, the stands do not generally tolerate close or continuous grazing. As a result, perennial peanut is primarily recommended for hay production. As a high-quality legume, perennial peanut is an excellent hay and baled silage crop.



This week I have this photo of a problem.  I was asked this week what to do about this situation, where they were trying to catch and get rid of armadillos digging in the yard.

What is it and what do we do now?





3 Responses to “Question of the Week – Perennial Peanut”

  1. Jennifer Whittaker said

    It’s a skunk & you’d better put on a hazmat suit before you try to let it out of the trap or you’re going to be bathing in tomato juice for days! Can’t wait to hear how you handle this situation!

  2. As Elmer Fudd would say BEE VVVERRY, VVVERRY, CAREFUL.

  3. Doug Mayo said

    Well the best bet would be to load it in the back of your truck and take it down to the County Agent’s Office for identification. If he does not happen to be in at the time, just leave it in his office so he can check it when he returns!

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