2021 D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension
Scott Monfort is the UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist and Peanut Team leader at the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus where he focuses on developing cost-effective crop management systems including seed quality, cultivar evaluation, tillage systems and precision agriculture technologies in peanuts. He has more than 10 years of experience in plant diseases, nematodes and precision agriculture technologies in peanuts and other row crops and his recent work includes determining how fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity effect peanut seed quality while in storage, quantifying the negative impacts of in-furrow fertilizers on peanut seed emergence, and determining the utility of a growth regulator at reduced rates for managing excessive vine growth and increasing yields in peanut. Monfort earned his bachelor’s degree in plant protection and pest management in 1998 and master’s degree in plant pathology in 2002 from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a doctorate in plant sciences in 2005 from University of Arkansas. He returned to UGA in 2014 after serving as peanut specialist for Clemson University from 2011 to 2014 and as a plant pathologist with University of Arkansas Extension Service from 2006 to 2011.