Efficiency on the farm has become a strategic consideration for today’s farmer with optimizing every step of crop and livestock production vital for staying in business. With this in mind, the Optimization Clinics will be a key part of the SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo set for Jan. 11-12 at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, S.C.
The Optimization Clinics will be held at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. Participating exhibitors, denoted with yellow “Optimization Clinic” balloons, will repeat their session at the half hour so growers can rotate to other clinics.
Schedule for the clinics:
- John Deere will hold clinics titled “See, Collaborate and Direct” at its inside and outside booths on both days of the expo. Company representatives will discuss how John Deere technologies and dealer capabilities can improve a farmer’s operational efficiency.
- The Case IH clinic will be “CNH’s New AFS RTK + Dealer Network” at its inside both days. Case officials say this new technology is a more reliable than what is currently available.
- New Holland clinics are titled “Efficiency in Haymaking” at its outside booth both days. The clinic will offer instruction for proper set-up and usage for dis mowers, disc mower conditioners and rakes. Tips will be offered on proper hitch, machines setting and having the right equipment to make hay cuttings in an efficient manner.
- Southern Crop Solutions will hold clinics “How to Turn Data into Decisions” on Wednesday during the Expo and “The Importance of Monitoring and Scheduling Irrigation” on Thursday during the expo. Both clinics will be held in Southern Crop Solutions’ inside booth.
In the data clinic, farmers will learn how data can be used in determining best varieties and population rates among other topics. Demonstrations on how all the information that current monitors collect will be highlighted. In the irrigation clinic, the importance of using soil moisture probes to monitor soil moisture in irrigation decisions will be highlighted among other topics.
In addition, on Wednesday, Southern Crop Solutions will hold a clinic on “Importance of Testing and Turning Plant Meters Annually” at its outside booth. Farmers will learn how plant meters are tested and turned to increase performance and accuracy before they get to the field among other topics.
Carolina Irrigation Solutions will hold a clinic on “Integrating Remote Monitoring and Soil Moisture on Your Farm with Carolina Irrigation Solutions” at its indoor booth both days of the Expo. Farmers will learn how integrating new center-pivot technology with Agsense and soil moisture monitoring will improve decision-making knowledge for increased yields.
“All of these optimization clinics are designed to help farmers become more efficient,” said Jody Martin, executive director of the Expo. “There are lots of classroom sessions to help growers improve efficiency on the farm. And don’t forget all the great opportunities to connect at the Taste of South Carolina, the Commissioners’ Breakfast, Food Truck Rodeo, Small Farmers Symposium and much more.”
South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said the expo will benefit all farmers and others in agriculture and he is inviting them to attend. “Here in South Carolina, we are very proud of all that our agriculture industry has to offer, and there is no better way to experience this firsthand than by attending the SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo,” Weathers said. “From optimization clinics highlighting the latest cutting edge technologies to a food truck rodeo featuring Certified South Carolina products, this event offers something for everyone.”
To learn more, access the Expo’s website at www.SCAgriBizExpo.com.