Peanut Profitmaker Course offered

The Peanut Profitmaker Course is scheduled for several dates in January, February and March at the Coffee County Extension Office in Douglas, Ga. The course is designed for growers, consultants and agribusiness people to get in-depth training on peanut production and to improve the management skills of peanut decision makers.

This is the most in-depth peanut course ever made available, according to Extension officials. The goals of the course are to help peanut growers make higher yields and profits. Each session will include a time for open discussion.

The course, say Extension officials, will be taught by some of the top peanut specialists in the nation. The cost of the course is $100, which include meals and all materials. Payment is due at registration to reserve a spot in the class. There will be limited space for the course, and places will be available to those who sign up first until the class is filled.

Following are the dates, times and topics included in the course:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 12 p.m.; Class One: Peanut Marketing, Tyron Spearman, executive director, The Spearman Agency. Topics include How to Use the Peanut Market Loan to Your Advantage, The Future of the Peanut Program, and The U.S. and World Peanut Market and How it Impacts You.

  • Monday, Jan. 31 at 12 p.m.; Class Two: Peanut Production Practices, John Baldwin, University of Georgia Extension peanut agronomist. Topics include Switching to Twin Rows and Strip-Tilling Peanuts.

  • Monday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m.; Class Three: Peanut Physiology, Craig Kvien, University of Georgia plant physiologist and John Beasley, University of Georgia Extension peanut agronomist. Topics include How the Plant Grows, Impact of Environmental Conditions (Temperature, Humidity, etc.) on Yield and Grade, Peanut Varieties for 2005, and Peanut Irrigation.

  • Monday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m.; Class Four: Peanut Disease Control, Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension pathologist. Topics include How Peanut Fungicides Work, Peanut Diseases and their Control, Developing the Right Fungicide Program and Use of the Fungal Disease Risk Index, Fungicide Resistance Management, and Making the Best Out of a Poor Rotation.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m.; Class Five: Peanut Weed Control, Eric Prostko, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist. Topics include Peanut Herbicides and Weed Control, Controlling Tropical Spiderwort (Dayflower) in Peanuts, Weed Control in Strip-Till Peanuts, Why Timing is so Critical for Post-Emerge Herbicides, and Environmental Effects on Herbicide Performance.

  • Monday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m.; Class Six: Peanut Insect Control, Steve L. Brown, University of Georgia Extension entomologist. Topics include Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Index, In-Furrow Insecticides and their Impact on Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and Yield, and Peanut Insects — Thresholds and Control.

  • Wednesday, March 9 at 12 p.m.; Class Seven: Peanut Fertility, Glen Harris, University of Georgia Extension agronomist. Topics include Peanut Inoculants, Calcium and Foliar Fertilizers, and Peanut Fertilizers and Chicken Litter.

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