About Anthony Jean-Claude
As the President of a company that develops agricultural products for alternative fuel uses, Anthony Jean-Claude holds a particular interest in peanut farming. In the United States, farmers in 15 states, including Georgia, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, and California, grow the crop, planting after the last frost in April or May. The farmers sow peanut kernels, grown and specially treated the previous year. Placed about 2 inches deep in rich, pre-tilled soil, the seeds break ground in about 10 days, growing about 18 inches tall, with green, oval leaves. People familiar with peanut farming, such as Anthony Jean-Claude, recognize that the yellow flowers appearing approximately 40 days after planting signal the start of pollination. Then the petals fall off as the peanuts begin to develop away from the vine and penetrate the soil, growing underground.
American farmers typically rotate the peanuts with corn, cotton, or grass crops. They irrigate the fields if rain does not supply sufficient water and utilize digger-inverters and digger-shakers to harvest the crop 120 to 160 days after planting. A combine then separates the vines from the peanuts, which cure further in peanut wagons, reducing the moisture content. U.S. peanuts require certification as safe for consumption, and are graded by size and type before manufacturers purchase them. Anthony Jean-Claude also recognizes another use for peanuts, in addition to being a foodstuff.
As the executive of a biofuel firm, Mr. Jean-Claude understands the value of employing peanut oil to create biodiesel, thus diminishing the billions of gallons of diesel the U.S. farm industry consumes annually. Soybeans traditionally have produced about 50 gallons of oil per acre. However, low-input, high-yielding peanuts could provide as much as 150 gallons per acre if Anthony Jean-Claude and others in the industry meet their goals. The more expensive traditional diesel becomes, the more viable Mr. Jean-Claude’s argument for developing the cheaper biofuel becomes.
Anthony Jean-Claude believes in a sustainable planet. He also recognizes that peanut farmers can assist in reducing the country’s reliance on diesel fuels. Peanut diesel, blended in a 50-50 ratio with No. 2 diesel fuel, would cost significantly less than traditional diesel. In addition, peanut farms, which take up an average of 100 acres in the United States, could still plant large portions of their acreage traditionally.