2011 summary of Irwin county extension peanut and cotton educational efforts
Edwards, R. P.
Troutman, S. A.
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Peanuts and cotton are important agronomic crops to Irwin County with over 60,000 acres grown each year. Irwin County is a top ten row crop and forage county thanks mostly to these two crops. Assisting farmers in achieving peanut and cotton profitability and quality is the major goal.. Educational efforts are conducted in the county with excellent support from UGA Extension Specialists. Issues are varied as the crop year progresses in such areas as soil sampling, crop budgets, crop rotation, planting, soil temperature, tillage, variety selection, herbicide usage, fungicide programs, pest management, crop maturity determination,, safe pesticide usage, accurate calibration, irrigation and others. The objectives are to plan and provide effective educational opportunities to farmers, the agricultural community and consumers through numerous and diverse methods. Additionally efforts are made to recognize farmer achievements. Information is presented meetings, office and farm visits, phone contacts, email, newsletters, news articles, on-farm applied research trials, maturity clinics, cotton defoliation determination, state and national meetings, and similar activities. The success or failure of these two crops directly affects the viability of local, state and regional economies.