Peanut planting began May 9 for Omega Farms, Clarksdale, Miss., and farm manager Brandon Walton. Beating out approaching rain, Walton planted 180 acres with an 09B Georgia variety. Omega Farms, an approximately 15,000 acre operation, will have 900 acres of peanuts in 2013.
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For 2012 peanut photos, see:
Peanut harvest arrives for Delta farmers — field photos
Rodgers Planting Co. brings in peanut haul
Peanut future strong in Mississippi Delta — photo gallery
John L. Jackson, foreground, and the rest of the Omega Farms crew atop a peanut trailer, prepare to unload peanut seed as a planter arrives.
Brandon Walton, farm manager, Omega Farms, Clarksdale, Miss. Walton is planting 900 acres of peanuts in 2013, the second year for peanut acreage at Omega Farms.
Omega workers begin unloading peanut seed sacks.
John Webster, left, and farm manager Brandon Walton.
Cleveland Gibson empties peanut seed into a hopper.
Joseph Ewing perched above a stack of peanut seed sacks with a burning pile of empties behind him.
Otis Trimble unloads a 50-peanut seed sack into a hopper.
Curtis Miller, foreground, and John L. Jackson.
Walton was planting single-row peanuts at a 1.5 inch depth.
Omega Farms will plant 900 peanut acres in 2013.
Joseph Ewing unwraps peanut seed.
Cleveland Gibson collects another sack for the hoppers.
Mario Talley, left and Cleveland Gibson.
Robert Jones, planter driver.
Talc powder is sprinkled on peanut seed to act as a lubricant.
Talc powder on peanut seed.
Cleveland Gibson closes a hopper.
Otis Trimble watches as a loaded planter heads into the field.
As another planter arrives, Cleveland Gibson begins the loading process again.
Curtis Miller adds to the sack burn pile.
Cleveland Gibson, foreground, watches as a planter drives off.
John Webster checks peanut depth.
Leon Russian, planter driver, waits for his turn to load up.
Planted peanut acreage at Omega Farms: single-row; 1.5 inch depth; and six seeds per foot.
Brandon, left, makes a tractor repair on April 1 as ground is prepared for planting.
Omega Farms, fighting the spring rains, still has approximately 4,500 acres of cotton to plant. In this photo from the fall of 2012, Brandon tags a gin-bound round bale.