The Georgia Peanut Farm Show kicks off Thursday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Nearly 2,000 farmers are expected to attend the event, where more than 95 exhibits in the peanut industry will be in place.
The show office opens for exhibitor setup at 7:30 a.m., and the show itself will open at 8:30, with door prize registration at that time. A University of Georgia peanut production seminar will be held at 9, followed by a peanut seed seminar at 10:35 a.m.
The farm show luncheon will begin at 11:45, followed by the awards ceremony at 12:15. The grand door prize drawing will be held at 2:15. Kelley Manufacturing Company is sponsoring the grand door prize package, which includes one season's use of a new four- or six-row peanut combine. At the end of the season, the winner has the option to purchase the combine from a KMC dealer at $10,000 below list price. There will also be a second drawing for $1,000, also sponsored by KMC.
Amadas Industries is sponsoring the grower door prize, valued between $500 and as much as $10,000 toward the purchase of new Amadas equipment.
Other door prizes include free registration and hotel accommodations for a farmer and spouse to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, a 12-gauge Benelli shotgun, a .270 Browning lever-action rifle, a Big Green Egg with accessories, Sanyo 42-inch television, $200 Gander Mountain gift cards, and gift certificates for up to $600 towards the purchase of a grill guard for a vehicle.
The UGA peanut production seminar will be held in the small auditorium, and will feature Dr. Mark Abney, who will speak on insect management; Dr. Bob Kemerait, speaking on "Hey Joe! Not your 1994 white mold program anymore"; Dr. Glen Harris, on unmanned aerial vehicles for detection of field problems; Dr. Nathan and Mrs. Amanda Smith, on economics of peanut production; and Dr. Wesley Porter will be introduced as the new UGA/Alabama Cooperative Extension Irrigation Specialist.
An industry seed seminar will be held at 10:35 a.m., also in the small auditorium, featuring Terry Hollifield on farm saved seed; Drs. Bill Branch, Barry Tillman and Corley Holbrook, on seed varieties; Dr. Glenn Harris, on calcium applications; and Drs. Marshall Lamb and Darlene Cowart, on seed varieties on the horizon.
The show closes at 2:30. For more information, go online at www.gapeanuts.com.
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