With more cotton producers in west Alabama expressing interest in peanuts, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a Peanut Scout Management School, June 14, in the east Dallas County community of Tyler.

The school, which will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on a yet to be designated grower's field, is part of an ongoing effort by Extension experts to provide cotton growers and other aspiring peanut producers with a working knowledge of peanut production and its challenges.

“Peanuts are relatively new to a lot of us and not so new to some,” says Rudy Yates, a regional Extension agent who is organizing the school.

One of the biggest challenges from the standpoint of cotton growers is getting re-acquainted with a regular pest spraying regimen, Yates says. The school will include a tour of peanut field demonstrations with presentations in the field by several Extension peanut crop specialists.

Dallas Hartzog, an Extension peanut agronomist and Auburn University professor of agronomy and soils, will discuss peanut growth and development. Following Hartzog's remarks, Austin Hagan, an Extension plant pathologist and Auburn University alumni professor of entomology and plant pathology, will introduce growers to the basics of identifying peanut diseases.

Finally, Ron Weeks, an Extension entomologist and Auburn University associate professor of entomology and plant pathology, will discuss scouting techniques and identification of peanut insect pests. Yates says the bulk of instruction will be hands on, “with Extension experts pointing out what must be addressed in the way of peanut insects and diseases.”

For more information about the Scout School, contact Rudy Yates at Extension's Marengo County Office at 1-334-295-5959.