GROWING CONFIDENCE: Peanut grower Darren Crumpton is working hard to breed new varieties suitable for the South Burnett.
GROWING CONFIDENCE: Peanut grower Darren Crumpton is working hard to breed new varieties suitable for the South Burnett. Kate Darvall

New peanut varieties bred for South Burnett climate

COMING off the back of a bumper season, peanut growers say there's even more good news in store for the peanut capital of Australia.

Crawford peanut grower and processor Darren Crumpton said imported new breed varieties could potentially change the game.

"We've imported varieties from China, India, Africa, PNG and America and grown them here," he said.

"We're looking at improving them over time."

Mr Crumpton said the goal was to breed a variety perfectly suited to the South Burnett climate.

"Our soil, rainfall and climate (is unique)," he said.

Mr Crumpton said a lot of work and energy had gone into the project and he had high hopes for the end result. 

SEASON NEARING ITS END: In the coming two weeks this season’s peanut crop will be threshed at Coalstoun Lakes.
SEASON NEARING ITS END: In the coming two weeks this season’s peanut crop will be threshed at Coalstoun Lakes. Erica Murree

"We're hoping they're more disease resistant and produce a bigger yield of jumbos," he said.

"We've been told some of the new varieties are the best peanuts on the planet so it does sound very promising.

"And the trial work is suggesting it's going to be really good."

Mr Crumpton said while signs for the industry were positive, success still relied on rainfall.

"We need good rain this week or next," he said.

"Most people are working their ground up waiting for the rain."

He said the ideal time to plant was November but farmers were keen to get started.

"We need to stagger the planting," he said. "Try to do 100 acres early, 100 in the middle and 100 late in the season. Then at harvest time we see what's best.

"If you put all your eggs in the one basket it's taking a real punt."

Mr Crumpton said a good winter had left them in good stead for planting this year.

"We've got good subsoil moisture, it surprised me when I was working the ground up," he said.

"It's looking good for the season ahead but you never know until you're finished harvesting."

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