Peanut growers, industry leaders, and researchers all will converge in Oklahoma March 14-15 for the 68th Annual Texas-Oklahoma Peanut Seed Quality Meeting and also the Oklahoma Peanut Expo.
Mike Kubicek, executive director of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, Shawnee, says all events will be at the Quartz Mountain Resort, just 17 miles north of Altus, Okla., at Lone Wolf.
A welcome Bar-B-Q Social kicks things off at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Wildcat Pavilion, courtesy of participating Southwest Shellers.
On Friday, March 15, the Seed Quality Breakfast is set for 7 a.m. in the Apache Room, sponsored by Bayer CropScience and hosted by Pam Worrell. Dr. Kelly Chamberlin, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Stillwater, will emcee the program that will include updates from both Texas' and Oklahoma representatives, Foundation Seed, state departments of agriculture, crop improvement, promotion boards, the United Peanut Alliance, chemical companies, and also shellers and growers.
Immediately after the Friday morning breakfast, the Oklahoma Peanut Expo will follow in the Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a great lineup of speakers on timely topics. The Expo will include a luncheon provided by the Southwest Shellers.
Kubicek said the theme of this year's Oklahoma Peanut Expo is "Building on Success."
Among the many speakers, Garrett King, of Oklahoma's 3rd District office for Congressman Frank Lucas will bring "Greetings from D.C." King will have the latest report on progress in farm policy negotiations in Washington. Lucas is chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.
Chamberlin will return to discuss "Building a Better Peanut."
During lunch, Gayle White, Oklahoma Peanut Delegate, of Frederick, and Bob Parker of Atlanta, Georgia, will give the "National Peanut Board Update."
NPB delegate/alternate nominations and election also will be conducted during the noon hour.
Following lunch, Dr. John Damicone, Oklahoma State University Extension plant pathologist, Stillwater, will talk about "Building a Peanut Disease Management Program" at 1 p.m.
Gary McManus, Oklahoma Mesonet associate State Climatologist, Norman, Okla., will follow and discuss the weather outlook with "La Nina, What is the Forecast?"
Dr. Todd Baughman, OSU Ag Biosciences, Ardmore, Okla. will look at "Building a Successful Foundation for Peanut Weed Management."
Tyron Spearman of Tifton, Georgia, will emcee the day's Expo event.
For more information, contact Dr. Chamberlin at 405-624-1244, Extension 225, or you can reach her my Email at Kelly.Chamberlin@ARS.USDA.GOV or call Kubicek at the OPC office at 405-275-5994 or reach him by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The room reservations deadline for the overnight of Thursday, March 14, is March 6.
A special rate for the peanut event is $70 for a single, or $89 for a double. You can call the Quartz Mountain Resort toll free at 877-999-5567, Extension 2, or direct at 580-563-2424 to make your room reservation.