Peanut Farmers Tackling Fungus in Gaines County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

GAINES COUNTY - The West Texas Plains might look a little greener than they did this time last year, but for our area peanut farmers, rain isn't good news.

The moisture and humidity creates a fungus on the peanut pods and there's been a growing concern for fungus.

Texas Agrilife tells NewsWest 9, the change started about one month ago.

Farmers have been treating their fields with fungicides hoping to keep the pods from getting worse.

Over the past couple weeks, Texas Agrilife says, the dry weather has helped to level out the damage.

They say the true test comes during September if the dryness continues, the plants could be saved.

If there's additional rain, it could mean a much smaller harvest.