Attapulgus Research and Education Center

254 N. Griffin Avenue, Attapulgus, Georgia 39815

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Our Work and Priorities

The Attapulgus Research and Education Center is located in the southwest corner of Georgia, about five miles north of the state line. Established in 1939, the center continues to help support area farmers by researching crops that can be adapted to the sandy coastal plain soil and local weather conditions.

Current trials are conducted on major agronomic crops including peanuts, corn, cotton and soybeans and  horticultural crops like watermelons, peaches and pecans. Regardless of the crop, the warm, humid climate is ideal for major agricultural insect, weed, nematode and disease problems. This provides a unique setting for UGA researchers to develop novel pest management strategies and tactics, and to screen new crop varieties for pest resistance. 

Additional long term research includes soil fertility experiments, crop rotation studies, and ecological research to look at the impact of native wildflowers on crop production. Much of the research is conducted with either center pivot or with drip irrigation systems. Five full-time employees operate the facility and also partner with the nearby Decatur County Extension Office.

About us

We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
UGA horticulture scientist Ye Juliet Chu is the latest peanut researcher in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to produce three breeding lines from peanut’s wild relatives. (Submitted photo) CAES News
UGA researchers create disease-resistant hybrids from wild peanuts
CAES plant breeders use wild peanut genes to produce a more sustainable crop.
Examples of a living mulch (top) and cereal rye cover crop terminated prior to planting (bottom). CAES News
UGA researchers evaluate the benefits of cover crops, living mulches in Georgia cotton
The multiyear study will examine the use of living mulches and annual cover crops in cotton production in Georgia.

CAES Events

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and several Georgia Congressional Offices  are pleased to offer several 12-week summer fellowship opportunities for students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from May 16 - August 5, 2022. Students serve as liaisons while in Washington, D.C. Interested in learning more and applying this semester? Come visit with 2021 Congressional Ag Fellow Brooke Raniere and learn more about the application process and experiences of a Congressional Ag Fellow! Dinner will be provided! The meeting will take place in room 104 in Conner Hall at 5:30 p.m. on January 25th, 2022.
Jan 25
5:30PM - 6:30PM Congressional Agricultural Fellowship Informational Session Conner Hall, ATHENS, GA
Agenda UGA Cotton Production Workshop 7:30 AM                               Name badge pick-up, late registration, and breakfast - Sponsored by Deltapine 8:00 - 8:50 AM                  UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session One 8:50 - 9:00 AM                  Break - Sponsored by John Deere 9:00 - 9:50 AM                  UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session Two             9:50 - 10:00 AM                 Break - Sponsored by Stoneville   Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting 10:00 - 10:30 AM             Welcome, recognition of sponsors, Commission report (Ballrooms A & B) 10:30 - 11:00 AM             Kent Fountain, Chairman, National Cotton Council of America 11:00 - 11:30 AM             Jimmy Webb, Chairman, The Cotton Board 11:30 – Noon                     Kim Kitchings, Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Cotton Incorporated 12:00 - 1:15 PM                 Lunch, sponsor recognitions, producer drawings (Ballrooms C & D) 1:15 - 1:45 PM                   Presentation of the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards 1:45 - 2:00 PM                   Break - Sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Georgia   UGA Cotton Production Workshop 2:00 - 2:50 PM                   UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session Three 2:50 - 3:00 PM                   Break - Sponsored by Phytogen 3:00 - 3:50 p.m.                UGA Cotton Production Workshop Breakout Session Four
Jan 26
7:30AM - 4:00PM Georgia Cotton Commission 15th Annual Meeting UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
The University of Georgia, the state’s land-grant and flagship institution, is committed to sharing the latest economic projections for U.S. and state agriculture to guide farmers and agribusinesses. CAES economists provide an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year and keynote speakers focus on important and trending topics.   
Jan 28
8:00AM - 11:30AM 2022 Georgia Ag Forecast UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA