Producers can fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 38th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Jan. 16 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The show is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission in cooperation with the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Southeastern Peanut Farmer, Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association.
During this year's show, Kelley Manufacturing Co. is providing the Grand Door Prize package for 2014. The winner receives one season's use of a new four or six row peanut combine. At the end of the 2014 season, the winner has the option of purchasing the combine from a KMC dealer with $10,000 off the list price. Also, KMC is providing a second drawing for $1,000 cash.
Additionally, farmers can register to win the Grower Prize, donated by Amadas Industries. This prize is a certificate for $10,000 towards the purchase of any new Amadas self-propelled combine.
The winners of the Grand Door Prize and the Grower Prize must be a certified peanut farmer with a FSA farm number.
The one-day show offers farmers a full day to view the products and services of more than 100 exhibitors and a day of education. The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 12:15 p.m. covering award presentations and other special recognitions.
The University of Georgia will present an educational peanut production seminar, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Topics focus on insect management, disease management, unmanned aerial vehicles for detection of field problems, economics of peanut production and more.
An industry seed seminar will also be held at 10:35 a.m. during the show. This event is sponsored by the American Peanut Shellers Association, Peanut Foundation, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Growers will be able to learn about farm saved seed, peanut varieties available for 2014, and calcium sources and timing of application for peanuts.
Farmers will also have the opportunity to earn credit towards their private or commercial pesticide applicators certification at these two seminars.
Participants will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the new Georgia Peanut Commission headquarters located at 445 Fulwood Blvd. in Tifton at the conclusion of the show until 5 p.m. The Georgia Peanut Commission, in cooperation with One Blood, will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center during the show.
At the close of the day, more than $40,000 in door prizes will be presented along with the presentation of the Grand Door Prize donated by KMC. For more information on the show, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission at 229-386-3470 or visit the GPC website at www.gapeanuts.com.