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In Memoriam — Frank McGill: ‘Mr. Peanut’

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Frank McGill’s love for the University of Georgia started long before his career with them began. In the early 1930s and in the middle of the Great Depression, the university gave his brother, James Millard McGill, an opportunity for a college education, even though the family didn’t have the means to pay his tuition. Instead, the McGill’s 1927 Model T ... Read More »

J. Frank McGill, known by many as ‘Mr. Peanut,’ dies

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J. Frank McGill, affectionally known throughout the Georgia agricultural community as “Mr. Peanut,” passed away surrounded by family March 3 at age 95 in Tifton, Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1951 and a master’s degree in agronomy in 1962 from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He began his career with UGA ... Read More »

Ready, Set, March

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Growers gear up for planting and hope for fewer hurricanes in 2021. As the 2020 crop fades into the books, growers are preparing for what’s next. For peanuts, that means looking forward with an eye on the past. “We put our peanut planter in the shop the second week of February and started our regular pre-plant cleaning and maintenance program ... Read More »

A Tale Of Two Crops

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Demand increased for peanuts during the pandemic; cotton markets soured at first but are opening again. People expect two things in the late fall in the South: the smell of freshly plowed peanuts and cotton fields that resemble snow. Each year, farmers anticipate and prepare for unknowns, such as weather and industry changes; however, responding to a global pandemic was ... Read More »

Georgia Peanut Farm Show & Conference postponed until 2022

The Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference, originally scheduled for Jan. 20-21, 2021, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, has been postponed until January 2022. This decision, in consultation with the University of Georgia, was made in the interest of public health. “We are disappointed to postpone the 2021 show, but understand the challenges the pandemic has ... Read More »

Stripling Family Honored As Friend Of Extension

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The Stripling Family Foundation of Camilla, Georgia, has been recognized with the Epsilon Sigma Phi National Friend of Extension award for their many years of philanthropic and personal support of agriculture programs in Georgia. Charles and Patsy Stripling credited Charles’ parents, the late C.M. Stripling and Bernice Campbell Stripling, for their many decades of support for agricultural research, education and ... Read More »

Crop Wrap-Up

Seed quality sets the tone for season-long effects in the Southeast. • By Amanda Huber, Editor • The Southeast crop seemed to be fated from the start. A drought in late-season 2019 meant that seed peanuts would likely have germination problems. Testing in the seed lab over the winter confirmed this speculation. The difficulty getting a good stand of peanuts ... Read More »

Keep Plugging Along

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At a county peanut and cotton production meeting in January, University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist Scott Monfort brought up the subject of stress. The UGA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences made the topic of rural mental health a priority beginning this year. Not to make light of the topic, but did they have some inside information 2020 was ... Read More »

Cutting Costs, Not Corners

Littleton Wilder Jr.

For the Wilders, peanuts are a generational endeavor. Editor’s Note: Since the interviews were conducted for this article but before it could be published, Lynn Wilder passed away. On behalf of The Peanut Grower, our sincere condolences go out to the Wilder family. We appreciate them allowing us to move forward with the article even in their time of bereavement. ... Read More »

Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Virtual Field Day set for Sept. 9

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The Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia Extension Cotton and Peanut Teams, will co-sponsor a virtual research field day Wednesday, Sept. 9. The virtual field day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. Re-certification credits for pesticide applicators and CCA will be available pending approval. The field day is a free event, but ... Read More »