Annual Field Day Provides Growers Chance to See Research in Action

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia, Georgia Cotton Commission, Peanuts

The annual University of Georgia (UGA) Cotton and Peanut Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 9. While it will be a virtual event this year, the Georgia Cotton Commission and Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) encourage growers to attend and learn about the latest research regarding both row crops.

Donald Chase

Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman, believes field days are an opportune time for producers to see what research projects their money is being used for, even if this year they are not going to be in the field itself.

“As always, research is an important part of what we try to do with our growers’ money. The field day is really an opportunity to look at stuff, actually the plots and everything, during the growing season that we don’t typically have. A lot of times we see numbers on pages and that’s alright, but it’s really cool to go out and look and sometimes you can tell things, particularly with different variety trials and things like that you can actually see in the field,” Chase said. “Even though we’re not going to be walking through the fields, I still think we can see some of the projects as they’re ongoing and get a look at what our money’s being used for and maybe some heads up about what might be coming in the future that we’re going to be able to utilize.”

Topics of Interest

Interested producers and industry leaders from the peanut and cotton commodity groups will be able to learn from UGA specialists representing both groups. Topics pertaining to varieties, disease management and pest control will be discussed during the event.

The field day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.

A registration form will be available soon on both commission websites for interested attendees.

According to the UGA Farm Gate Value Report, cotton generated $792.7 million in farm gate value in 2018, while peanuts generated $624.5 million in farm gate value. The two commodities accounted for 63.5% of Georgia’s farm gate value for row crop production in 2018.

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Clint Thompson

Clint Thompson

Multimedia Journalist for AgNet Media Inc.