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February 21, 2003

Dawson-- A computer program is helping peanut farmers make more money, up to $100.00 more per acre.

Mechanical Engineer Jim Davidson is the brainchild behind the Irrigator Pro computer program. Developed at the National Peanut Research Lab in Dawson, farmers just plug in a few numbers and the program recommends how much irrigation is needed and how much pesticide to use. Davidson says it was a hard sell at first, "When we started working on it very few farmers had computers. Also hard to get people to change and to rely on computers."

A few weeks ago, Davidson was presented with the award for innovative technology by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It's a national award and the first time the Peanut Research Lab has received it.

Posted at 4:25 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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