Organic Peanut Breeding at Texas A&M AgriLife

In the Texas A&M AgriLife Research peanut breeding program have 2 organic test locations this year. We put tests in locations across the state to be able to experience different conditions and to ensure we hopefully have some results if a whole test is wiped out!

In Vernon, Dr. Waltram Ravelombola, the statewide organic legume breeder is evaluating new breeding lines by collecting data using Unmanned Aerial Systems to evaluate emergence, seedling vigor, yield and grade across the season.  The lines being evaluated by Dr. Ravelombola represent the first year for evaluation of lines that were specifically bred for organic production. 

In addition, we are collaborating with Mr. Neil Froese on his farm in Gaines County for evaluation of similar traits in actual field level production scenarios.  This gives us an idea of how well breeding lines stand up to the pressure of sometimes unusual field conditions, weather, etc.

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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