There's a nutty debate going on in Sylvester, Georgia. At least five communities are vying for the title of "peanut capital of the world." It all depends on how you define peanut supremacy - by acres planted or pounds produced.

Worth County farmers consistently plant more than 30,000 acres of peanuts per year, more than any other county in Georgia. But Decatur County produced more poundage last year, and Early County was the top producer the year before.

"I don't think there's any question that we're the leader," said Early County Extension Agent Brian Cresswell. Worth County "may plant more acres, but we end up on top production-wise," he said.

Miller and Mitchell counties have also boasted about their peanut prowess.

In acres planted, Worth County was No. 1 last year, followed by Early.

If production is the measuring stick, then Decatur County held the crown last year with 81.3 million pounds. In 1998, Early County led the pack with 90.5 million pounds.

Trouble is, a Texas town may be the nuttiest.

Tyron Spearman, editor of Peanut Farm Market News, said Tuesday that Gaines County, Texas, actually beats all five Georgia counties.

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