BASF has been a long time supporter of the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and sponsor of the Friday luncheon, but this year the company also stepped up to co-sponsor the Georgia Peanut Achievement Awards when their help for the yield recognition program was needed.
“These peanut growers are the best in the country, which makes them the best in the world,” said Sandy Newell, Tech Service Rep for Alabama and Georgia. “Peanuts are important for our business and we have a product line that’s important for producers, including Cadre and Headline and Prowl H2O,”
Sandy Newell, BASF (MP3)
Newell says they were happy to jump on board to co-sponsor the Georgia achievement awards with Syngenta this year, when University of Georgia Extension Peanut Agronomist John Beasley called to ask for their support. John said he appreciates the willingness of the two companies to work together for the industry. “When it comes to supporting a program like this, they step forward, they forget about the fact that they are competitors and just support growers and their county agents,” he said.
John is pictured here with statewide winner Kreg Freeman of Colquitt, who was also the Southeast Peanut Profitability Award winner this year with a yield of 6626 pounds per acre. John says 8 of the 11 growers recognized in the Georgia Achievement Club this year had yields over three tons per acre, which shows the tremendous progress producers have made since the program was originally called the “Ton Per Acre Club” when it started 50 years ago!
Listen to my interview with John here: UGA Peanut Agronomist John Beasley (MP3)