Top peanut research award goes to Clemson scientists

By Tom Lollis

Jay ChapinThe American Peanut Research and Education Society honored two Clemson scientists with its top research award at the national meeting in July. State peanut and small grain specialist Jay Chapin and research associate James Thomas were honored for their study on the relationship between peanut peg strength and pod maturity, disease incidence and fungicide treatments.

“Peg strength is the key to whether the grower leaves all his money in the ground when digging,” said Chapin. The peg is the stem that attaches peanut pods to the plant. Chapin and Thomas studied whether pegs lose strength as the peanut matures and whether fungicide programs enhance peg strength.

“We found that pegs of fully mature pods are just as strong as less mature stages. But once pods become over-mature, peg strength can drop by 70 percent,” Chapin said. A grant from the S.C. Peanut Board grant supported the research at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville.

For information: Jay Chapin, 803-284-3343, ext. 226,