Peanuts, corn and grain sorghum will be the featured crops at a Fall Field Day at the Edisto Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Blackville, S.C., on Sept. 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The field day will include presentations by Clemson University Extension and research specialists, who will show results of their work at a series of field stops during the event.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the first field tours will begin at 9:30 and continue until noon. Following a sponsored lunch, field tours will resume from 1-2 p.m.
The first morning stop will feature foliar and soilborne disease research, which should be of significant interest to growers, considering many parts of the lower half of South Carolina has recorded record rainfall during this growing season.
The second presentation in Stop 1 will be peanut varieties, including a look at new and experimental Virginia-type and runner-type varieties.
Stop 2 also will feature peanut research. It will include a look at new versus standard Virginia-type and runner-type varieties. Though Virginia-types dominate production in South Carolina, there has been an increase in runner-type acreage in recent years.
Tomato spotted wilt virus resistance tests will highlight the second part of Stop 1. Also during this stop growers will get a look at a number of insecticide trials on peanuts.
The third stop on the morning tour will feature a look at Brake herbicide on peanuts. With well-deserved concern growing over the limited number of families of herbicides now available for weed control, having a new material, like Brake is important, as is using it wisely.
The last stop will likely be one of the highlights of the field day. It will include a look at grain sorghum being grown in the Savannah Valley of South Carolina.
With heightened interest as both a conventionally planted and double-crop planted crop, interest will likely be high among farmers attending the field day.
Following lunch, attendees will see five corn projects, including corn variety tests, variable seed rates, diseases, corn weed management and corn insect management.