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Grower panel to discuss high-yielding peanut strategies at expo

2022 Oklahoma Peanut Expo set for March 24. National and state peanut leadership along with specialists to address peanut topics and concerns.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

March 17, 2022

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2022 Oklahoma Peanut Expo set for March 24, Weatherford, Okla. Pictured is Oklahoma Peanut Commission leadership, from left, Executive Director Ron Sholar, Chairman Les Crall and Field Specialist David Nowlin. Crall is also chairman of the National Peanut Board. Shelley E. Huguley

Peanut markets, weed management and a grower panel focusing on what it takes to produce high yielding peanuts will be the focus of the 2022 Oklahoma Peanut Expo, Weatherford, Okla.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn from and speak with leading experts in the field and to interact with other peanut producers and industry members,” said Executive Director Ron Sholar, Oklahoma Peanut Commission. “This will be the premier peanut education and training event in the region for 2022.”

The expo is March 24 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University Business Enterprise Center and begins at 9 a.m. A free lunch is included.

Following an expo overview by Sholar, Senior Scientist Marshall Lamb, USDA ARS, National Peanut Research Laboratory, Dawson, Ga., will provide the 2022 Peanut Market Outlook. Ryan Lepicier, National Peanut Board senior vice president and chief marketing officer, will present the NPB update, "Growing Together."

swfp-shelley-huguley-schantz.jpgHydro, Okla., peanut producer Merlin Schantz holds peanuts from his 2021 crop at a field day on his farm last fall. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

Peanut producers and specialists will cover the following topics:

  • Grower Panel- Producing High Yielding Peanuts: What Does it Take?

  • Weed Management Update- Weed Scientist Todd Baughman, Oklahoma State University Extension

  • Reviewing 2021 and Looking Ahead to the 2022 Crop- Field Specialist David Nowlin, Oklahoma Peanut Commission

  • 2021 Oklahoma Peanut Variety Trials - Kelly Chamberlin, USDA –ARS Center for Peanut Improvement

  • 2021 Disease Evaluations of Advanced Peanut Breeding Lines - Rebecca Bennett, USDA –ARS Center for Peanut Improvement

In addition to the presentations, the Peanut EXPO provides producers an opportunity to visit with industry representatives who supply the equipment, products and services needed to produce the crop, according to the Oklahoma Peanut Commission.     

Commissioner elections for producers from the Oklahoma Peanut Commission Districts 2 and 3 will be held at the conclusion of the meeting. Nomination elections to select a member and alternate to serve on the National Peanut Board will also be held. Eligible producers must be engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and own or share crop ownership and loss risk.

For more information, email [email protected] or by phone at 405-780-0113 or 405-933-0641.

The Peanut EXPO is a joint effort of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, OSU's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, USDA ARS, National Peanut Board, and partners in the peanut industry.   

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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