Peanut producers who consistently rank among the best know that water management is crucial to high yields and high quality. Peanut plants, although somewhat drought tolerant, cannot produce the high yields that growers need to remain competitive in today's market unless the plants receive adequate water in a timely manner throughout the season.
Peanuts typically require from 41 to 76cm of water per season to produce top yields. This will vary depending on the air and soil temperatures, humidity, radiation and wind.
Because of the uncertainties of the weather, producers need to have a dependable water supply for their peanuts. Irrigation ensures that water will be available at critical peanut growing stages.