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Peanut industry becomes victim of its own success

In three short years, the United States has become the world’s foremost low-cost producer of peanuts, a result of vastly improved varieties and refined production techniques. Demand also has surged, thanks largely to a superior product and vigorous marketing and promotion campaigns. It’s a classic case of becoming a victim’s of one’s own success. Click here for more details.

A look at 13 improved peanut varieties available now or coming soon

State, federal and private peanut breeding programs are actively involved in the development of improved varieties with desirable traits for increasing dollar value, yield, grade, disease resistance, insect resistance, virus resistance, nematode resistance, aflatoxin resistance, drought tolerance, better shelling characteristics, longer shelf life, and enhanced flavor and nutrition, says Bill Branch, University of Georgia peanut breeder. Click here for more details.