Farmers: Weather great for peanut harvest

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Kenneth Cox dumps a load of freshly harvested peanuts into a trailer Wednesday evening southeast of Dora. Cox said the crop is average this year. He expects to be done harvesting in about three days.

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico

This summer’s weather has had an effect on the peanut crop, area farmers and processors say, but the warm, dry weather now is perfect for harvesting the crop.

Hot winds and lack of rain early in the season and then rain when the crop was mature, as opposed to heat, affected the peanuts, said Jimmie Shearer, president and CEO of Sunland Peanuts.

Late in the season, after some farmers had dug up their