Georgia Peanut Tour kicks off

The 23rd Annual Georgia Peanut Tour brings the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. The Hot Topics Seminar on Tuesday will include food safety experts discussing production practices, quality management, outbreak investigations, and more. The tour includes visits at farmers’ fields, research plots, a buying point, Federal- State inspection, an equipment dealer, a weather network station, and a shelling and storage facility as well as a peanut blanching facility. Demonstrations of determining optimum peanut maturity and an innovative new technology for evaluating pod moisture will also be observed.

Scott Tubbs, University of Georgia cropping systems agronomist, is serving as the 2009 chairman of the Georgia Peanut Tour.