Peanut disease management will be on the Oklahoma Peanut Expo agenda March 26

Peanut disease management will be on the Oklahoma Peanut Expo agenda March 26.

Oklahoma Peanut commission celebrates 50 years

Oklahoma Peanut Expo will include production updates, marketing, insurance, new variety report and a look back at 50 years.

The Oklahoma Peanut Commission will celebrate its 50th anniversary as part of the annual Oklahoma Peanut Expo March 26 at the Quartz Mountain Resort, Lone Wolf, Okla.

Mike Kubicek, long-time executive director of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, will close the conference with “Fifty Years: A Quick Look Back.” Kubicek has announced that he is retiring from the commission this year.

The Expo agenda includes a market update from Tyron Spearman, Peanut Farm Market News. Spearman also will be Expo emcee.

Crop production information will include a disease management update from OSU Extension plant pathologist John Damicone; weed management from Todd Baughman, OSU Institute for Agbiosciences; and field trial evaluations from Rebecca Bennett, USDA/ARS Center for Peanut Improvement, Stillwater.

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National Peanut Board delegate Gayle White of Frederick, and Ryan Lepicier, NPB senior vice president, Marketing & Communications, Atlanta, will update growers on “Perfectly Positioned: Realizing the Power of a Unified Industry,” during a luncheon presentation.

An afternoon session features updates on the new peanut crop insurance program from Keith Schumann, Vice-President, AgriLogic Consulting, and a report from USDA/ARS plant breeder Kelly Chamberlin on Venus, a new high oleic Virginia variety.

Preceding the Expo, representatives of the peanut seed trade will meet for the 70th annual Texas/Oklahoma seed quality meeting. The seed session begins with breakfast at 7 a.m. A cookout is scheduled for the March 25 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact: Oklahoma Peanut Commission or P.O. Box 1949 – Shawnee, Okla. 74802; fax to 405-878-0887

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