Peanut show scheduled at Civic Center

ALBANY, Ga. -- The 35th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show, sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the University of Georgia, will be held Thursday at the Albany Civic Center.

"We are anticipating attendance similar to the last couple of years," Commission Executive Director Don Kaylor said Monday. "Two things could affect attendance Thursday -- really bad weather when nobody wants to get out and a really nice day where folks who are behind in their field work feel the need to be spending time in the field.

"But we've had a good year and I expect we will have good participation at the show."

Georgia is the top producing state for peanuts, growing about 49 percent of the nation's crop each year. In 2009, Georgia produced 891,325 tons of peanuts on farms in 70 of the state's 159 counties.

In all, there are 4,500 peanut farmers in Georgia and peanuts are produced to some degree on 14,000 Georgia farms. Peanut

Commission officials say there are 200 peanut-related businesses in the state, with 50,000 jobs attributed to the legume.

The show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 75 exhibitors and to attend educational seminars. The show opens at 8:30 a.m. with door prize registration and closes at 3:45 p.m. with the announcement of the grand door prize winner.

The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 11:15 a.m. that will cover award presentations and other special recognitions.

A free luncheon will follow for all peanut farmers in attendance and an opportunity for farmers to win more than $40,000 in door prizes.

The University of Georgia will present an educational peanut production seminar at 9 a.m. focusing on peanut agronomic research, peanut seeding rate, new methods for determining peanut harvest, disease management, insect management, and economics of peanut production.

Growers who participate in the peanut production seminar will earn credit towards pesticide certification.

An Industry Seed Seminar will also be held at 1:30 p.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association, Peanut Foundation, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Growers will be able to learn about the peanut varieties available for 2011, calcium requirements for large-seeded runner cultivars and receive an update on peanut genomics.

The Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individuals who present to donate blood will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $250 Visa Gift Card, compliments of The Peanut Institute.

During this year's show Kelley Manufacturing Company is providing the grand door prize of one season's use of a new four or six row peanut combine, valued at $10,000.

At the end of the season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from a KMC dealer after a reduction in the list price of $10,000.

Amadas Industries is also providing a door prize of $10,000 towards the purchase of a peanut combine.

For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission at (229) 386-3470 or visit the organization's website at www.gapeanuts.com.