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UGA Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort estimates that Georgia’s peanut crop hasn’t been this dry this late in the growing season since 2014. Since approximately half of the state’s crop is planted in dryland fields, yields this year are expected to drop. CAES News
UGA Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort estimates that Georgia’s peanut crop hasn’t been this dry this late in the growing season since 2014. Since approximately half of the state’s crop is planted in dryland fields, yields this year are expected to drop.
Summer Drought
Current drought conditions could negatively influence Georgia peanut farmers’ plans for this year’s dryland crop, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.
As of Aug. 1, Professor Jeffrey Dorfman is serving as the state fiscal economist of Georgia. CAES News
As of Aug. 1, Professor Jeffrey Dorfman is serving as the state fiscal economist of Georgia.
State Fiscal Economist
For three decades, University of Georgia students have relied on Professor Jeffrey Dorfman to help them apply sound economic reasoning to the world outside their classroom. As of Aug. 1, Dorfman is applying that economic reasoning to real-world problems and situations in the policy arena as the state fiscal economist of Georgia.
Jordan Smothers of Walton County won the 2019 Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest with his 135-pound watermelon. Amy Miller, far left, and Laicee Schell, both of Jeff Davis County, won second and third places with their 93- and 78-pound melons. CAES News
Jordan Smothers of Walton County won the 2019 Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest with his 135-pound watermelon. Amy Miller, far left, and Laicee Schell, both of Jeff Davis County, won second and third places with their 93- and 78-pound melons.
Watermelon Contest
With a watermelon weighing in at 135 pounds, Jordan Smothers of Walton County won the 2019 Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest.
UGA graduate student Jamie Morgan tests the water in an algae-filled pond on Bill Atkinson's farm in Dacula. CAES News
UGA graduate student Jamie Morgan tests the water in an algae-filled pond on Bill Atkinson's farm in Dacula.
Toxic Algae
The sudden and unexpected death of a Marietta, Georgia, couple’s beloved dog after swimming with its owners in Lake Allatoona has filled social media feeds since the incident on Aug. 10. The incident brings to light the dangers of toxic algae growth. In neighboring North Carolina, another couple lost three dogs in one day after an afternoon swim in a pond.
The Georgia Peanut Achievement Club honors farmers throughout the state who produced the highest yields. Pictured are the farmers, industry sponsors, UGA Peanut Team and Extension agents on August 10, 2019. CAES News
The Georgia Peanut Achievement Club honors farmers throughout the state who produced the highest yields. Pictured are the farmers, industry sponsors, UGA Peanut Team and Extension agents on August 10, 2019.
Peanut Achievement Club
The University of Georgia Peanut Team honored Georgia’s top peanut producers this weekend at the annual Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting held on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
UGA Extension is hosting a field day for south Georgia pecan growers in Appling County on Aug. 28. CAES News
UGA Extension is hosting a field day for south Georgia pecan growers in Appling County on Aug. 28.
Pecan Field Day
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host the Southeast Georgia Pecan Field Day in Baxley, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
UGA Extension is looking for citizen scientist to help with the first-ever statewide census of pollinators, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, on Aug. 23-24. CAES News
UGA Extension is looking for citizen scientist to help with the first-ever statewide census of pollinators, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, on Aug. 23-24.
Pollinator Census
With just 15 minutes and proximity to any blooming plant, Georgians can help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension researchers gain a clearer picture of pollinator health across our state.
Effective Aug. 1, Allisen Penn became the associate dean for Extension and outreach for the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. CAES News
Effective Aug. 1, Allisen Penn became the associate dean for Extension and outreach for the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
FACS Lead
The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) has named Allisen Penn the associate dean for UGA Cooperative Extension and outreach. Penn comes to UGA having spent the previous decade as a regional program leader for University of Tennessee Extension in Nashville.
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
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)
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 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.
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.”