An estimated 2,000 visitors interested in Georgia’s thriving peanut industry gathered at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center Thursday for the Georgia Peanut Farm Show. Paired with the more than 100 exhibitors that filled nearly every space available, there was no shortage of information about the state’s signature agricultural product.
“The response has been awesome,” said Dr. Joe West, assistant dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Everyone that I’ve talked to says it’s just such a great event. Not only is the event good but the venue here at the UGA Tifton Campus is good. There’s a lot of space, a lot of linearity for the big exhibits so people don’t get bunched up. You feel like you have a lot of space so you can get around and see everything.”
Visitors had many opportunities to learn more about the latest innovations in the field at the UGA Peanut Production Seminar. Topics covered everything from insect management to using unmanned aerial vehicles for detection of field problems.
There was also discussion of different seed varieties available now and those that are on the horizon.
The show, which the UGA Tifton Campus hosted for the second year, is important for farmers who are in the process of making decisions regarding this year’s planting that will be vital to their profitability.
“They have to determine if they’re using the right seed, the right technology, the right irrigation technology,” Dr. West said. “That could all determine how profitable they are. Peanut yields over the last 30 years or so have doubled or almost tripled. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because of a lot of hard work by scientists. There is a lot of research that’s been done and being made available to producers that will help insure that they make more yield.”