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Guy Collins, a UGA Extension agronomist, says growers will get to see first-hand where their research dollars are going. (Clint Thompson)

Guy Collins, a UGA Extension agronomist, says growers will get to see first-hand where their research dollars are going. (Clint Thompson)

TIFTON — Cotton and peanut research will be showcased on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus on Wednesday.

Scientists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ commodity teams will discuss their latest research during the annual UGA Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day.

The field day will start at the Gibbs Farm at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at the Lang-Rigdon Farm at 12:30 p.m. Farmers, consultants and industry experts are invited to attend the field day session, which will highlight agronomics, entomology, plant pathology, soil fertility, engineering, breeding, diseases and economics.

“The growers will get to see first-hand where their research dollars are going,” said Guy Collins, a UGA Extension agronomist.

The field day is sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Members of the UGA cotton and peanut teams will share research findings, which is supported by the producer-funded commissions.

According to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, cotton and peanuts are ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively in the state in farm gate value. Cotton generated $1.5 billion, while peanuts earned more than $586 million.

“We want (producers) to understand that we know how important it is to them that their money is spent wisely. We’re cognizant of the fact that they want to see a great return for what they invest,” said John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist. “We also want ideas. If they’re there and we’re working on something that a grower says, ‘Have you tried such and such?’ Certainly, we want that kind of input.”

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at the Blackshank Pavillion.

For more information about the UGA Cotton and Peanut Field Day, see the website www.ugacotton.com/2013/08/2013-uga-cotton-peanut-research-field-day/.