SANTEE — Southeast farmers can learn tips to maximize profitability of cotton and peanut crops at meetings planned by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service this month.

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Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will hold its annual cotton meeting on Jan. 22 and annual peanut meeting on Jan. 24 at the Santee Conference Center.
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The annual South Carolina Cotton Growers Meeting will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Santee Conference Center, 1737 Bass Drive, Santee. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. A dicamba training will be held after the meeting adjourns.

The annual South Carolina Peanut Growers Meeting will follow on Jan. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. Pre-registration is not required for either event, and lunch will be provided at both

Clemson University scientists will share the latest research results on insect and weed management, precision agriculture, as well as variety and management updates. Extension economist Nathan Smith will provide market outlooks during both meetings. South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers will report on the state of South Carolina agriculture also during both meetings.

The cotton meeting sponsored by Clemson Extension and the South Carolina Cotton Board also includes presentations and remarks from the state cotton board, the National Cotton Council, the S.C. Department of Agriculture, Bayer CropScience, BASF, Americot, Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, Dyna-Gro, Phytogen and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Attendees also will have opportunities to win door prizes.

Participants will receive commercial and private applicator pesticide re-certification credits. Certified crop advisor credits also will be offered. For information on the cotton meeting, contact Michael Jones at 843.519.0477 or majones@clemson.edu.

The peanut meeting also includes presentations on the Farm Bill and federal policy and remarks from the South Carolina Peanut Board, the Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Association, the S.C. Department of Agriculture, the American Peanut Council, Virginia Tech University, North Carolina State University, the National Peanut Board, The Redding Firm of Washington, D.C., and The Spearman Agency of Tifton, Georgia.

Updated copies of the Peanut Money-Maker 2019 Production Guide will be available. Event attendees will be eligible to receive pesticide applicators recertification credits and certified crop advisor credits. Also, during the peanut meeting, growers will have an opportunity to win prizes, including grand prizes from Kelly Manufacturing Company, Amadas Industries and Colombo North America.

For information on the peanut meeting, contact Dan Anco at 803.284.3343 ext. 261, or danco@clemson.edu. Information also is available at http://bit.ly/2019PeanutMtg.

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