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Spotlight on Agriculture: Peanuts on the South Plains

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We sing about buying peanuts at the ol’ ball game, and the classic PB and J certainly is a favorite. Packed with flavor and nutrition, peanuts and peanut butter often are a delectable part of our daily diet.

In 2015, Texas peanut producers harvested about 168,000 acres of peanuts, enough to make more than five billion peanut butter sandwiches! A significant amount of that acreage is right here on the South Plains.

Peanuts aren’t actually a nut – they’re a legume, like beans or peas. They grow underground, so at harvest time in the fall, they must be dug, flipped and left to dry for a few days before the combine rolls through the field.

For KCBD Spotlight on Agriculture and Plains Cotton Growers, I’m Mary Jane Buerkle.

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