The 2013 Georgia Peanut Tour hit full stride Sept. 19. More than 120 people, many from other countries, walked and talked peanuts with Georgia farmers, specialists and buying point owners. They got to witness the very beginning of harvest season on peanuts in Georgia and saw how the country's leading peanut state rolls out quality peanuts.
1. Peanut Pile
The 2013 Georgia Peanut Tour, the annual outing through Georgia peanut country, brings peanuts upclose to those who need and want to know more about how quality peanuts are grown.
2. Peanut Profile
Peanut tour folks get closer look at peanuts in Lowndes County, Ga.
3. International Peanut
The language of peanuts is common for Argentine peanut engineers who work with large peanut-producing companies in Argentina. They came to see peanut production Southern style. You can guess what company sponsored their visit.
4. Extension Explains
Jake Price, Lowndes County, Ga., UGA Extension director, gets the crowd ready to hear about local peanut production.
5. Farmer Speaks
South Georgia peanut farmer Wes Shannon tells the crowd in Lowndes County that the field they are about to see looked more like a 'duck pond' during some days during the summer. The area received near-record rainfall during the growing season.
6. Yeah, we got diseases
University of Georgia plant pathologist Bob Kemerait explains peanut disease problems to Argentines visiting a peanut field in Lowndes, County, Ga., on the 2013 Georgia Peanut Tour.
7. Let's See
Let's see some peanuts get dug in Brooks County, Ga.
8. Digging It
Brooks County, Ga., farmer John Burton shows Georgia Peanut Tour folks how peanuts are dug. He said the field was clocking in 5,000-plus pounds per acre, a welcomed big yield considering the rainy weather that surrounded the area most of the summer.
9. A Good Point
Tour stopped by R.L. Cunningham and Sons peanut buying point in Quitman, Ga., a place that has been in the peanut business more than six decades.
10. Simply Put
What the Georgia Peanut Tour is all about.
11. They're Here
Georgia Peanut Tour folks got to see the first of the 2013 peanut crop in and around Quitman, Ga., hit the buying point.