Agency helping local farmers get more from their peanut crop
One agency here in eastern Carolina is helping farmers get more yield when they pick their crops.
An agent from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Pitt County demonstrated a process called peanut pod blasting.
During this process the agent uses a pressure washer to remove the outer shell of the pod, which is then a different color. They use that color to determine the maturity of the peanuts. By determining the maturity the farmer will know when they should pick their crop to get the largest yield when harvesting.
Extension agent Carrie Ortel says, "It really helps them manage their crops well. The most important thing is to get their fields in a good order. So if they have several fields to pick, being able to go in order in which fields they pick is a really big service to them."
This is a free service that the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service offers and agents do this service every year.
If you would like to get your peanuts checked or other field crops, you can call 252-902-1700 if you are in Pitt County.