GCC, GPC Invite Farmers to Annual Field Day

Clint Thompson Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission


By Clint Thompson

The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) and Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) invite producers to the Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Tifton, Georgia.

University of Georgia (UGA) cotton and peanut team members, who specialize in agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, fertility and breeding will provide growers timely information pertinent to two of the top row crops in Georgia.

Why Should Growers Attend?

Camp Hand, UGA Extension cotton specialist, discussed the importance of growers attending this field day which is held every year on the UGA Tifton campus.

“I think the Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day is a great one because there’s a lot of people involved that a lot of the growers don’t get to see. It’s a lot of people that are more behind the scenes, heavy research type appointments,” Hand said.

Camp Hand

“It’s also important because this field day is sponsored by the Peanut Commission and the Cotton Commission. It’s really to show what grower dollars are going towards in terms of research and Extension efforts at the University of Georgia. You get the opportunity to see what your investment is doing here. That’s probably the major benefit.”

Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut specialist, reiterated Hand’s sentiments about why farmers should attend the event. Growers have the opportunity to see what their funds are being used for.

“If it is a research scientist on the Tifton campus that has received commodity grant money that the growers paid into, it is a great way to come and see what they’re doing,” Monfort said. “Some of these projects are very important and very out there as far as problematic situations that these scientists are trying to fix. You ought to come out and see what progress is. Some of these projects are doing some cutting-edge research.”

Event Specifics

The event will start at 8 a.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center and involve field tours at the RDC Pivot and the UGA Lang Farm. Attendees will return to the conference center for lunch and a short program.

The field day is a free event. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Ashley Golden at Ashley.golden@uga.edu or by calling 229-386-3366.