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Peanuts: Organic Production



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By Martin Guerena and Katherine Adam

Published: 2008

Updated: 2008

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Introduction

This publication notes that people interested in growing peanuts and experienced peanut growers considering a switch to organic production may find a high demand for organic peanuts and enjoy premiums over traditionally grown peanuts. However, labor and management costs can be much higher for organic peanuts than conventionally grown peanuts. In place of off-farm inputs, organic peanut farmers can use intensive management, maintain high soil fertility, manage weeds through hand hoeing and specialized equipment, and manage insects with alternative strategies.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Markets, peanuts and premiums
Organic markets
Organic peanuts
History
Marketing challenges
Alternative uses
Forage peanuts
Peanut oil potential for biodiesel
Organic demands and premiums
Production budgets
Part II: Production of organic peanuts
Soil and fertility
Rotations
Organic integrated pest management
Insects
Diseases
Nematodes
Weeds
Conservation tillage
Irrigation
Harvesting and post harvest handling
Summary
References
Further resource
Appendix: Sources of thermal weeders

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