At a recent meeting of the Peanut Shellers Associations, peanut specialists were reporting on what they see ahead for the peanut industry this year. Peanut Extension Agronomist, Kris Balkcom from Auburn University in Alabama. Balkcom said he didn’t see the peanut acreage dropping much this year even with the higher cotton prices. He felt the acreage would hold at about 180,000 acres, or maybe slightly lower at 175,000. Balkcom continued by reviewing the main varieties being planted, but there was still interest in spreading out to other varieties. Tyron Spearman continues with what Balkcom had to say about the Alabama peanut growers’ main concern for the crop and what their main problem has been so far.