Georgia Cotton & Peanut Commission held field day

Growers got to see research plots with several cotton and peanut varieties and the several tests being run on the crops. / Tosin Fakile

Some peanut and cotton growers learnt more about ongoing research for both crops during a field day this morning.

Growers got to see research plots with several cotton and peanut varieties and the several tests being run on the crops. Officials said the field day has been held for several years and is usually held in early September.

“It’s to bring the growers in and let them know what research is happening and to look at the research plots that they have and all the different tests, different varieties that they have of cotton and peanuts. And research as far as leaf spots on peanuts and white mole irrigation It’s full of information for the farmer,” said Armond Morris, Board Member of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “Research is very important and it’s a continuing effort to try to improve the crop situation for agriculture the farmers of Georgia,” he added.

“It really brings some ideas that we can talk about some conversations to make sure that we’re doing our job to help move this peanut crop this year as well as in the future years in the direction it needs to go and to help the growers as much as possible,” said Scott Montfort, Extension Peanut Agronomist For The University Of Georgia.

But the future or both peanuts and cotton at least for this year may not be so bright due to record level heat.

“At this point we don’t really know the true maturity of some of these fields so you can’t go just on days after planting because the heat has pushed some of this whereas in other parts, it might have slowed it down. So we just need to be out in our fields and understand what we’ve got,” Montfort said. “We’re trying to communicate to the growers throughout to make sure to go out and look at your fields, access them and try to determine what kind of yield you have, what kind of quality you have. Make sure we don’t mix the irrigated and the non-irrigated crop together when we harvest them because of quality issues,” he added.

“I kind of break it up two ways. Our irrigated crop looks good to very good, our dryland crop where we’ve had drought stress and high temperatures affect it may not be quite as good,” said Jared Whitaker, Extension Cotton Agronomist For The University Of Georgia.

Montfort said the rain from Hurricane Hermine helped some of the crops come back a little bit and look green but that doesn’t necessarily equate to a good yield under the ground.

Experts said in southwest Georgia peanuts are sitting on about 760,000 acres and cotton, the number one row crop sits on a little over one million acres.

"Cotton's down a little bit probably on the acres. Peanuts is down just a little bit. I think we're like 7 percent lower than we were last year,” Morris said.

"At this point we feel very pretty confident we've got another good crop although we do have some issues to deal with,” Montfort said.

“I think the estimates are around 1.15 million acres this year for Georgia. That varies. it’s been up and down, it kind of depends on cotton prices and other commodity prices so it’s our number one row crop as far as acres in Georgia and probably overall impact as far as row crops go,” Whitaker.

The field day was put together by the Georgia Cotton and Peanut Commission.

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