Peanut pod blasting at the Levy County Extension office

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Special to the Citizen
Last spring, Levy County Master Gardener coordinator, Barbara Edmonds, mentioned that the most curious among us might be interested in how the local extension office assists the tri-county farmers with their watermelon and peanut crop harvests.
This June, Alvin Wilkerson, agriculture technician, was kind enough to allow several of us to look over his shoulder while he determined the petiole sap concentrations of nitrate and potassium necessary to figure out the proper fertilization requirements for the watermelon crop.  
Fascinating. That’s information worthy of an article at another time. But for now, it’s peanut time.
Here's some peanut trivia for you:
• The peanut is native to South America
• By the time America was discovered by Columbus, peanuts were already growing throughout the warmer regions of the Americas.
• Peanuts are now grown in Africa and Asia, as well.
• Peanuts are dehiscent legumes that are harvested from below the soil.

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