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By Jay Polk - bio | email

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – After a roller coaster 2009, peanut farmers gathered in Leesburg Wednesday afternoon to hear from University of Georgia scientists about the prospects for the 2010 crop.

UGA researchers are holding seminars in most peanut producing counties to talk about how different varieties of peanuts fared last year.

Growers endured some wild weather in 2009 but still set a record for yields of more than 3500 pounds per acre. That broke the old record set in 2003.

Agronomists at UGA credit the record yields to the skill of the farmers and some new technology being developed in laboratories around the South.

"They, over the last two or three years, have released some really outstanding peanut cultivars that have a higher yield potential, even under some challenging weather conditions," said John Beasley an Agronomist from the University of Georgia campus in Tifton.

You can find out more about growing peanuts by going to the University of Georgia's Peanut page or the Georgia Peanut Commission's site.

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