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Panhandle Peanut Farmers Learn New Technology at "Peanut Day"

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Peanut farmers from across the state gathered in Marianna Thursday morning to learn what University of Florida researchers have to say about peanut crops.

The 2013 Peanut Field Day has the latest on the new technologies and other information.

From how to tackle plant mold that can cripple a crop to knowing the perfect time to get peanuts out of the soil, field day had it all. The goal for University of Florida researches is to help farmers make each years crop better than the last.

In order to have a profitable crop, researches helped farmers identify different peanut varieties.

They detailed what type of peanuts would work best for their fields. Also, new disease control methods were introduced that are cost effective and reduce pesticides used.

The university created an online site that details the best ways to handle irrigation in crops.

According to professor of agronomy, Barry Tillman, researches aim to educate and they aren't the only people with helpful information, "We can explain and share the latest research results to help them in their operation and also interaction among the growers, so they can help each other and share what's working and not working for them."