University of Georgia President Jere Morehead looks at a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) during a visit to the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie last September. The use of UAVs, or drones, on the farm is one of the topics that will be discussed Thursday at the annual peanut farm show in Tifton. (Clint Thompson/UGA CAES)
TIFTON — Peanut farmers from across the state will be in Tifton on Thursday looking to fine tune their farming operations with information gained at the 38th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show.
The show begins at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center and runs through 2:30 p.m. The one-day show offers farmers a chance to view the products and services of more than 100 exhibitors, plus participate in several educational programs.
The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program at 12:15 p.m. covering award presentations and other special recognitions.
Peanuts are a $2 billion industry in Georgia, according to the Peanut Commission. In 2012, the state produced half of the nation’s peanuts, growing 1.7 million tons on 730,000 acres, which were the most planted to peanuts since 2005. Georgia peanut acreage was significantly smaller for the 2013 season — 430,000 acres — though University of Georgia experts have predicted the average yield will be close to 4,000 pounds per acre, which would result in production of 860,000 tons.
The University of Georgia will present a peanut production seminar 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Topics focus on insect management, disease management, unmanned aerial vehicles for detection of field problems, economics of peanut production and more.
An industry seed seminar will begin at 10:35 a.m. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association, Peanut Foundation, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Producers will be given information on farm saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2014 and calcium sources and timing of application for peanuts.
Farmers will have the opportunity to earn credit toward their private or commercial pesticide applicators certification at these two seminars.
Participants also will have the opportunity to tour the new Georgia Peanut Commission headquarters at 445 Fulwood Blvd. near Interstate 75 from the conclusion of the show until 5 p.m.
The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with One Blood, will hold a blood drive during the show.
More than $40,000 in door prizes will be given during the show. The grand prize is one season’s use of a new four- or six-row peanut combine.
For additional information, call (229) 386-3470 or go to www.gapeanuts.com.