New Runner-Type Peanut Cultivar
Georgia-18RU is a new high-yielding, normal-oleic, tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) resistant, leaf scorch resistant, medium-large seeded, runner-type peanut variety. It was developed at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton and released by the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in 2018. Georgia-18RU had similar TSWV and total disease incidence, yield, and dollar value return per acre compared to Georgia-06G. However, Georgia-18RU had significantly higher percent TSMK grade and greater number of seed per pound compared to Georgia-06G. Georgia 18RU was also found to have a very high level of leaf scorch resistance compared to other runner varieties. The Georgia Peanut Breeding Program is actively involved in the development of improved cultivars with desirable traits for increasing dollar value, yield, grade, disease resistance, insect resistance, virus resistance, nematode resistance, aflatoxin resistance, drought resistance, better shelling characteristics, longer shelf-life, and enhanced flavor and nutritional qualities.