September 07, 2011 Edition

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Peanut company has
field day at Jackson farm

Larry Vance (right), a field representative for the Clint Williams Co. - Western Division, talks about peanuts to a group assembled at the Jackson farm on Thursday. Some of the group of 25 to 30 people assembled for the peanut field day were (from left): Gary Lawhon, Bruce Manning, Steve Jackson and Will Jackson.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

John Bland

The Jackson farm, located near the Randolph County line, was the site of a peanut field day held Thursday morning and conducted by the Clint Williams Co.

Three generations of Jackson farmers, including Bob Jackson, son Steve Jackson and grandsons Steven and Will Jackson, were on hand for the field day. The event was held to both educate and generate interest in peanut farming.

The Clint Williams Co. - Western Division is one of several companies that are purchasing peanuts grown in Lawrence and surrounding counties. The company has locations in several Texas cities, including Brownsfield. Texoma Peanut Co. is its parent company.

Among those representing the Clint Williams Co. at the field day were Chris Elkins, area manager, and Larry Vance, a field representative, who led much of the informational meeting.

Peanut farming began in the area in 2010, and Herb Ginn, agri extension agent with the Lawrence County Extension Service, estimated that close to 2,000 acres are planted in the county.

Flooded and wet conditions delayed the planting of peanuts and other crops in the spring but harvesting of the peanuts should begin as early as mid-month, Ginn told The TD. "Things are looking pretty good, despite the rough start," he added.

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