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Scientists and students working through the Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab to research peanut farming, marketing and nutrition in Ghana, met in Tamale in July to officially start work. The Innovation Lab is headquartered at the University of Georgia through an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development. (Photo by Allison Floyd) CAES News
Ghana peanut projects
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut officially started several projects in Ghana this month with a launch meeting to bring together teams of scientists and students from the U.S. and the West African country. The lab is managed out of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences through an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development, but involves scientists from a dozen U.S. universities, as well as institutions across partner countries.
African peanut breeders stand in a field in Senegal in 2018, where seeds are replicated for a project to map the genetic diversity of lines grown on the continent. Working with the Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab headquartered at the University of Georgia, scientists genotyped hundreds of lines of peanuts grown across Africa. CAES News
African peanut genomics
Groundnut breeders across Africa have wondered at the differences they’d see in nuts that were called the same name but didn’t look alike. Last year, a group of breeders from across the continent put together hundreds of lines of peanuts and, under the auspices of the Peanut Innovation Lab, found out just how similar or different their peanut lines are. The scientists from the national programs in nine countries –Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Togo, Gambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique – met with U.S. scientists last month to review the data collected through an Innovation Lab project called “Genotypic analysis of peanut germplasm using the Axiom_Arachis2 SNP array.”
A farmer from Northern Ghana speaks at the inaugural meeting of the Ghana Groundnut Working Group, a new organization that aims to improve peanut farming, marketing and nutrition in the West African country by bringing together experts across the value chain. The Peanut Innovation Lab at UGA, which is a member of the American Peanut Research and Education Society, sponsored the first meeting. (Photo by Allison Floyd) CAES News
Ghana groundnut group
Bringing together experts in groundnut research from across Ghana, a new organization of scientists aspires to boost the size of the crop and profit for farmers, improve the quality of groundnuts consumers see at the market and increase the supply of nutritious and safe food served in homes. The Ghana Groundnut Working Group met for the first time in July to explore peanut production, economics, technology and benefits in Ghana. The model for the meeting is the American Peanut Research and Education Society, a 51-year-old organization in the United States that has helped the peanut industry in the Americas weather disease and other production problems over recent decades.
Bermuda grass stem maggot damages the upper leaves of a forage crop. Lisa Baxter estimates about 60% yield loss in this picture. CAES News
Forage Pest Management
Drought-like conditions this summer are forcing Georgia forage farmers to delay treatments for Bermuda grass stem maggot, according to Lisa Baxter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist.
Irrigation maintenance is key for farmers to avoid costly malfunctions once the growing season begins. CAES News
Corn Irrigation
During a summer when Georgia corn farmers have relied heavily on their irrigation systems working effectively, many struggled with equipment malfunctions that may have reduced crop yields. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter believes that those problems can be avoided in the future if producers make necessary modifications after the growing season.
A corn plot grows for research at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. UGA Extension weed specialist Eric Prostko encourages farmers to continue managing their weeds even after corn is harvested this year. CAES News
Weed Control
Georgia corn farmers are preparing for harvest, but they can’t take a break once they ship their crops to market. That time should be focused on staying ahead of weeds that can cripple the next year’s crop.
Field days like this one “serve as a direct conduit between growers, agents and scientists,” says Mark McCann, assistant dean for UGA Cooperative Extension. Field days also allow UGA specialists to share their research and farmers to gain knowledge, all with the benefit of improving Georgia agriculture. CAES News
Midville Field Day
The University of Georgia Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center (SREC) in Midville, Georgia, will host its annual field day on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
UGA peanut researchers Soraya and David Bertioli were honored at the meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society with the American Peanut Council Peanut Research and Education Award. CAES News
Peanut Research
Peanut researchers from the University of Georgia met with hundreds of peanut scientists from around the world earlier this week to discuss the international impact of peanut research and to recognize top researchers.
Virginia Tech plant pathologist and Peanut Innovation Lab scientist Maria Balota demonstrates some of the sensors she uses in the high throughput phenotyping project to attendees at the 51st annual American Peanut Research and Education Society meeting in Auburn, Ala. which was held July 9-11, 2019. CAES News
Peanut Research
AUBURN, Ala. – The 51st gathering of the American Peanut Research and Education Society brought together hundreds of scientists and students to share cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on the value that international research is having on the U.S. peanut industry. With a theme of “Peanuts Around the World,” the conference called on the Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab to demonstrate ways research collaboration has dual benefits for science, industry and agriculture in the U.S. and other countries around the world.
UGA weed scientist Stanley Culpepper speaks during the Sunbelt Field Day in 2015. He is among the scheduled presenters during this year's field day on July 25, 2019. CAES News
Sunbelt Field Day
Georgia farmers can learn about agricultural research while interacting with University of Georgia scientists during the annual Sunbelt Field Day in Moultrie, Georgia, on Thursday, July 25.