Managing for fungus after digging

As groundnut plants are dug up, the dirt should be shaken off and the plant inverted, so that the green part of the plant is on the ground and the pods rest on top where they are exposed to air.

Once groundnut is dug up at harvest, plants with pods attached are left dry in the field. This makes it easier to strip the pods from the plants.

The best methods to reduce A. flavus infection involve getting sun and air to the pods.

Whether groundnuts are harvested by machine or by hand, the process shakes as much dirt away as possible, and inverts the plant to encourage quick and even drying. By shaking off dirt and placing the vines upside down, the pods are exposed to the sun and held off the ground by the vines.