The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) held its annual Research Report Day on Wednesday in Tifton. Research Committee chairman, Donald Chase, says information was provided on the peanut research projects funded by GPC in 2015.
From the Georgia Peanut Commission:
TIFTON, Ga. (Feb. 10, 2016) The Georgia Peanut Commission held the annual Research Report Day, Feb. 10, 2016, at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. The event provided growers and industry representatives an opportunity to hear the latest reports and newest information available on peanut research projects funded by GPC in 2015.
“The commission works to wisely invest peanut farmers’ dollars into research projects across Georgia in an effort to reduce production input costs and improve agronomic techniques,” says Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman. “Although some of the findings are preliminary, the projects are exciting and many times new recommendations or observations are announced.”
The GPC, on behalf of Georgia’s 3,500 peanut farmers, awarded $398,630 to peanut research facilities in the state during 2015. This effort funds 31 research projects from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The GPC board approved additional funding this past year to provide a tractor for the UGA Peanut Team. The tractor is compatible to 4-row equipment and is equipped with GPS guidance.
The Georgia Peanut Commission’s research program continues to focus on a variety of topics such as breeding new cultivars for higher yields and improved quality; economics and farm policy studies; programs for county agents; irrigation and water management; pests, weed and disease management; peanut utilization and manufacturing; and allergen free peanuts.
Research reports are available online at www.gapeanuts.com.