University of Florida Hosts 35th Annual Peanut Field Day.

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

Peanut farmers from across the tri-states' region learned the tricks of the trade today.

It was the University of Florida's 35th annual Peanut Field Day.

Producers, researchers and students came from far and wide for the field day.

Research Agronomist for Orthman Manufacturing, Dennis Neffendorf came all the way from Texas. He says the trip pays off.

"There's constant changes with weed populations, tillage practices, variety changes and the ability to stay in production and stay effective with the economic changes," Neffendorf said.

One major change is the extra moisture.

Experts shared current weed and disease control recommendations.

"This year has been unlike any I can remember in peanuts. We're really wet, have been wet for most of this year. It'll be interesting to see what's going on from a disease resistance. We want to know what they may be doing, what new technologies could be out there to help combat that," Golden Peanut Company’s Commercial Manger, William Pearce said.

From disease resistance to varieties, everyone came to soak up researcher's expertise.

"Research is a vital part of what goes on in the peanut industry. We wanted to see what new varieties may be coming through the pipeline," Pearce said.

Researchers showcased two new varieties, the Flow Run 107 and the TUF Runner 727.

They say they're working constantly to improve crop quality and profits for growers.

But Thursday wasn’t just about learning the tricks of the trade from each other.

It was also about educating the future of the peanut industry.

“In 2050, they estimate 9 billion people will be on this planet. So they're going to have to know how to breed the peanuts and stuff because we use peanuts for almost everything, anything we eat," East Gaston High School Senior, Patricia Jones said.

If you missed today's field day, the Wiregrass Research Experiment Station will hold their peanut field day August 23rd in Headland.

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