Argentina’s 2014-15 peanut season has now been completed, technically speaking, and it was undoubtedly the best crop in a number of years. It’s not unusual to finish a peanut season with very good production in some places, but this season’s yields were quite good on a uniform basis across the different regions in our central production area.
Excellent temperature and precipitation boosted crop growth and enabled proper fruiting. Favorable weather during harvest helped finish out the crop in a positive way. The percentage of mature nuts was at a level we rarely see in the Cordoba region of Argentina where much of our crop is grown.
Kernel size has been good and the the ratio of kernels to pods was uniform and higher than we have produced in recent seasons. Yields in the central growing area are estimated at 3.7 metric tons per hectare (dry and clean), with a kernel-to-pod ratio above 70%.