After enduring extreme weather swings ranging from a wet spring to a sizzling three-month drought, the first peanuts harvested this year exceed expectations.

"It's too early to say that we've dodged a bullet, but the indications are that we'll probably do as well or a little better than the crop estimate," said Frank Bodiford, state director of the Federal-State Inspection Service.Peanuts arriving at buying points are smaller than usual, but they have graded well and only a few loads have shown up with the mold that causes aflatoxin, a naturally occurring carcinogen that can contaminate peanuts and corn.