Published on 01/04/17

UGA Tifton set to host annual Peanut Farm Show

By Kyle Dawson

The Georgia Peanut Farm Show is set for Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia.

The annual show, which is coordinated by the Georgia Peanut Commission, will feature educational seminars from UGA and the peanut industry.

“The show provides an opportunity for growers to come in and learn more about the key issues in the peanut industry,” said Scott Monfort, UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist. “They’ll learn about how products will be marketed and how the next year will be affected by changes in the marketplace as well as other economic factors within the peanut industry.”

UGA Peanut Team members will talk about the latest trends in the peanut industry during morning seminars with the main focus being on water issues and related topics, followed by the peanut seed seminar.

Confirmed speakers for the “Advanced Irrigation Management” special topics session include UGA peanut economist Adam Rabinowitz, who will discuss the economics of sound irrigation management, as well as UGA precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis, who will talk about the technical advances in irrigation management and dynamic variable rate irrigation.

The Peanut Seed Short Course, which is put on by members of the American Peanut Shellers Association, will provide information to growers about the projected quality of the seed, the price of the seed and other factors related to the seed.

“The Georgia Peanut Commission has put together a program that provides a lot of information on the outlook for peanuts this year,” Monfort said.

The trade show portion of the event will feature representatives from many areas of the peanut industry including chemical dealers, fertilizer distributors, equipment salesmen and manufacturing sector representatives, among others.

Monfort said the goal for the show is to distribute new information about peanuts to the farmers that could help them to be more productive heading into next year’s growing season.

“UGA, as well as the Georgia Peanut Commission, wants to provide the most up-to-date information regarding peanut production here in Georgia,” Monfort said. “They want to let growers know about any new advances in production practices as well as marketing and selling aspects of the industry.”

Kyle Dawson is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.

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