3-5:30 p.m. Hot Topics on Peanuts seminar at Holiday Inn & Suites, Pooler
7:30 a.m. Orientation at Holiday Inn & Suites, Pooler
8 a.m. Buses depart from Holiday Inn
8:45-9:15 a.m. Field visit at Greg Sikes Farm, Brooklet
9:40-10:30 a.m. Tour of Birdsong Ogeechee Peanut Buying Plant, Brooklet
10:45-11:15 a.m. Field visit at Lee Cromley Farm, Brooklet
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch at Bulloch County Extension Office, Statesboro
2 p.m. Arrive back at Holiday Inn, Pooler
2:30 p.m. Depart hotel for Port of Savannah
3 p.m. Tour Port of Savannah
5 p.m. Depart port for River Street, Savannah
6-7 p.m. Board Savannah Riverboat
7 p.m. Savannah Riverboat sets sail (2 hour cruise)
9 p.m. River Street sightseeing or depart on bus for Holiday Inn, Pooler
10 p.m. Last bus departs for hotel
8 a.m. Buses depart Holiday Inn, Pooler
9-10 a.m. Field visit at Joe Boddiford Farm, Sylvania
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. UGA Southeast Research & Education Center (research trials and harvest clinic), Midville
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Southeast Research Center
1:30 p.m. Depart Research Center
2:30-3:30 p.m. Tour of Vidalia Valley/Stanley Farms, Lyons
4-4:30 p.m. Field visit at Hub Daniel Farm, Glennville
5:30 p.m. Reception and dinner at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah
8 p.m. Bus departs for Holiday Inn, Pooler
The 28th annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held Tuesday through Thursday, centrally located out of the Savannah area.
The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while providing a first-hand view of industry infrastructure from production and handling to processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in several peanut-producing counties including Bulloch, Burke, Screven, Tattnall and Toombs.
Attendees can expect to see firsthand nearly every aspect of peanut production in the state. This year's tour hosts many stops including on-farm field visits, the Port of Savannah, Birdsong Ogeechee Peanut Buying Point in Brooklet, the University of Georgia Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville and Vidalia Valley.
One special interest of the tour has always been the Hot Topics on Peanuts Seminar, which will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. This year's seminar, held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Pooler, will include speakers providing an update on the 2014 Georgia peanut crop, peanut policy and market updates, and a special focus on the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab.
The Georgia Peanut Tour is coordinated by the Georgia Peanut Commission, the University of Georgia- Griffin and Tifton Campuses, Southwest Georgia Research & Education Center, Attapulgus Research & Education Center and the USDA/ARS National Peanut Research Lab. The Georgia Peanut Tour blog will cover all aspects of the tour so those not attending may follow along at www.georgiapeanuttour.com.