South Carolina peanut meeting set Feb. 1

Weeding out problems in peanuts will be a main focus for growers during the 2007 South Carolina state peanut meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Family Life Center, 2875 Columbia Road (Highway 21 North) in Orangeburg.

Eric Prostko, a University of Georgia weed scientist, will be the guest speaker on production practices, according to Jay Chapin, Clemson Extension peanut specialist.

“Eric knows our weed problems in South Carolina, and he will have some good information for growers on how to control them,” Chapin notes. “Eric enjoys talking to growers, and there will be an opportunity for questions and some one-on-one time,” Chapin adds

Tyron Spearman of Tifton, Ga., also known as “Mr. Peanut,” will give his perspective on the political and market outlook for peanuts in 2007. Dell Cotton, director of the Peanut Grower Cooperative Marketing Association will provide the outlook for Virginia type peanuts.

Other topics will include: grower rights in the grading process and an update on the South Carolina Peanut Growers Association.

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