Peanut variety research leads to $82 million in income in Georgia
Peanuts are an important crop in Georgia. The vast majority of growers use the Georgia-06G variety. However, growing a single peanut variety puts the crop at risk of serious damage from diseases, such as the tomato spotted wilt virus, that overcome the resistance traits of that particular variety.
To sustain peanut production in the state, University of Georgia researchers are identifying peanut varieties that possess the disease resistance, growth and vigor and superior yield and quality growers need. This research has provided growers with numerous varieties to choose from over the coming years.
In 2017, Georgia farms harvested 820,000 acres of peanuts. Use of superior tested varieties resulted in an increase of $100 per acre and an increase in statewide income from peanuts of $82 million.