Local peanut butter gets national recognition

PNT Staff Report A peanut butter made in Portales is ranked No. 1 by a national home improvement magazine. Sunland’s natural creamy variety of its Valencia peanut butter is rated No. 1 among six peanut butters featured in Better Homes and Gardens Fall Decorating issue out this month, according to Sunland officials. “That’s really exciting […]

Peanut crop pleases local farmers

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say the weather has been perfect and the nuggets they’re bringing in are bright of hull and sweet tasting. “It’s going great,” Sunland CEO and President Jimmie Shearer said. “Weather-wise this is probably the best […]

Researcher strives to prevent pod rot

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to […]

Domenici discusses Farm Bill with area growers

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter Sen. Pete Domenici said while he is optimistic about the peanut and agriculture industry in New Mexico, much remains to be accomplished as the Senate prepares to take up the 2007 Farm Bill. Domenici, R-N.M., met Tuesday with area peanut producers at Sunland Inc. to discuss the Farm Bill. […]

Organic peanut production on rise in N.M.

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center in Clovis. Puppala’s area of specialty is in peanut breeding and genetics. Q. Why is New Mexico ranked No. 1 in organic peanut production? A. Mainly because we have a suitable climate. We do not get as much […]

Peanut producers gather for meeting

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Responding to the recent samonella outbreak that occurred in February, a National Peanut Board representative was on hand to help reassure peanut producers that peanut butter is continuing to remain a staple in many households. With the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning found in peanut butter, peanuts have been […]

Peanut harvest looks solid

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Jimmie Shearer of Sunland, Inc. said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting […]

Students go nuts for fund-raising project

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University and Sunland Peanuts officials have decided to throw peanuts at the task of raising scholarship money at the university — a whole bunch of peanuts. At a press conference Friday, the Peanut Project Program was formally launched. “Investing in Education: One peanut at a time” […]

Peanut producers participate in field day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area peanut producers and researchers came together yesterday for the annual Peanut Field Day that was held at several locations, throughout Roosevelt and Curry counties. The group gathered together to hear presentations about various techniques and experiments being used to farm peanuts. According to Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension […]

Peanut yields above average this season

By Karl Terry Farmers were finishing up peanut harvest early this week in eastern New Mexico as grain harvest was awaiting frost to kick the combines into high gear. According to Jimmie Shearer at Sunland Inc. it was one of the best peanut harvests in recent memory. “We’re just about done,” said Shearer. “It’s down […]

Peanut crop early, better than usual

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Up until this week it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods, yet. Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and until there are consecutive days of warm weather and no moisture, those fields remain at risk. But yields so far this […]

U.S. appears headed for a peanut surplus

Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, Ga. — Peanuts in storage plus peanuts in the field. Right now, the United States has too many peanuts and that, experts say, could be bad news for the peanut commodity program unless something is done to whittle down the piles. “We’re afraid if we cost the government a lot […]

Peanut crop off to promising start

By Marc Schoder Jump-started by an abnormally wet winter, the peanut crop in the Portales area is off to a promising start. “This is one of the best peanut crops that we have had in several years,” said Jimmie Shearer, president of Sunland Peanuts. Shearer said above-average pre-plant moisture has the peanuts in good shape […]

Weather helps peanut belt

Staff and Wire Reports Recent storms brought much-needed rain to the peanut belt Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, Ga. — Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley brought much-needed rain to parched Southern peanut fields, but growers say they still need regular showers and moderate temperatures over the next three to four weeks to maximize yields. […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from noon […]