Location: Crop Genetics and Breeding Research
Title: Annual and perennial peanut forage Authors
Submitted to: American Peanut Research and Education Society Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 3, 2013
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: not required
Technical Abstract: Peanut hay can be a valuable feed for livestock in the Southeast. Perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata Benth.) cultivars have been developed and are grown on limited acres in Georgia and Florida. The cost and time for establishment of this vegetatively propagated crop can be prohibitive to some growers. As an alternative, annual peanut hay may be a more viable option. However, the residual vines that are harvested from the peanut crop have undesirable characteristics such as high ash content from attached soil, a large proportion of stems, and the use of fungicides that are not cleared for livestock consumption. However, new cultivars that have high disease and pest resistance may have utility as forage if harvested prior to digging. We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of the annual and perennial peanut as forage and the where genetic and management improvements are needed. Data from recent studies will be presented.