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Georgia Peanut Achievement Club honors state's top peanut producers


By: UGA press release
9/6/2017 1:20:12 PM


The Georgia Peanut Achievement Club recognized the state's top peanut producers at its annual meeting, held Aug. 18-20 on Amelia Island, Florida. The University of Georgia Peanut Team also shared its latest research findings at the meeting

"The University of Georgia is a great resource. They're out in front of a lot of the situations we have to deal with. If something arises, they get involved really quickly. They research it and come up with answers," said Brooks County farmer Robert Davison, who won the District IV honor for 300 to 699.9 acres. He grew 5,258 pounds of peanuts per acre in 2016.

With 700-plus acres in peanuts, Eddie Miller of 4 Miller Farms in Seminole County produced the highest yield - 6,880 pounds of peanuts per acre. Miller attributes part of his success to UGA's plant breeding program, which is led by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences peanut breeder Bill Branch.

"The breeding program has really helped a lot. Georgia 06-G is a great peanut, which is obvious," Miller said. His 4 Miller Farms produces between 800 and 1,000 acres of 06-G every year.

Fourteen Georgia growers and farms were recognized at the meeting, which salutes Georgia's best peanut producers each year for achieving the top yields in the state.

Of these Georgia growers, 12 planted peanuts on a three-year rotation, 12 planted twin-row peanuts, 10 used conventional tillage and 12 applied a yellow herbicide - Prowl or Sonalan - at preplant or preemergence, UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort said.

Along with the UGA Peanut Team, this year's supporters of the club include Bayer Crop Science, BASF, AMVAC, the American Peanut Shellers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Buying Points Association.

The 2016-2017 Georgia Peanut Achievement Club winners are: Highest overall yield in the state, 100-299.9 acres - Faith Farms of Baker County with 7,105 pounds per acre; Highest overall yield in the state, on 300-699.9 acres - Al Sudderth of Calhoun County with 6,515 pounds per acre; Highest overall yield in the state, on 700-plus acres - 4 Miller Farms of Seminole County with 6,880 pounds per acre; District I, 100-299.9 acres - Hillside Farms of Early County with 6,919 pounds per acre; District I, 300-699.9 acres - Chase Farms of Macon County with 6,046 pounds per acre; District I, 700-plus acres - Bob McLendon of Calhoun County with 6,260 pounds per acre; District II, 100-299.9 acres - John Gaines Jr. of Baker County with 6,538 pounds per acre; District II, 300-699.9 acres - Rick LaGardia of Miller County with 5,669 pounds per acre; District II, 700-plus acres - Jerry and Jeff Heard of Baker County with 6,464 pounds per acre; District III, 100-299.9 acres - Chris Rogers of Jefferson County with 6,057 pounds per acre; District III, 300-699.9 acres - Scott Moore of Dooly County with 6,379 pounds per acre; District III, 700-plus acres - Ken Hall Farms of Worth County with 5,617 pounds per acre; District IV, 100-299.9 acres - Gary Waters of Emanuel County with 6,011 pounds per acre; District IV, 300-699.9 acres - Robert Davison of Brooks County with 5,258 pounds per acre.

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