By Clint Thompson
Peanut research will be highlighted during the Georgia Peanut Commission’s (GPC) annual Research Report Day, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event will be held at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory, located on the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus in Tifton, Georgia, beginning at 9 a.m.
The event provides producers and industry representatives a chance to hear from scientists about the latest research and newest information available on projects funded by the GPC.
“I think in light of the 2022 crop, a lot of us farmers have more questions than we have answers perhaps. We see challenges that came up. This is the first chance to look at some of the results that were obtained from 2022’s research,” said Donald Chase, chairman of the GPC Research Committee. “It’s really important to us, because a lot of us are thinking, ‘What do we need to do differently in 2023 to avoid some of the problems we saw in 2022.’”
Research Money at Work
The GPC awarded $795,205 to peanut research facilities in Georgia during 2022. It funds 37 research projects from UGA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, ABAC and Fort Valley State University. The research focuses primarily on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as insect, weed and disease management.
“To me that’s one of the most important things we do in the Commission is we try to be forward thinking about what research needs that we need as growers. When we sponsor the projects, we sure do like to see some results from those,” Chase said. “It also gives us a chance to think about, ‘What do we need to be looking at for next year?’”
The agenda for the GPC Research Report Day is available online at www.gapeanuts.com. All research reports will be available online following the GPC Research Report Day.