Sunbelt Field Day scheduled July 10

Research, innovation and education — you'll hear these three words repeated time and again when describing what a visitor will find at the Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day.

Scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga., — site of the Sunbelt Expo — Field Day is an annual preview for the big show held in October and it's an opportunity for farmers to see future trends in agriculture.

Field Day focuses on seed varieties, chemical applications, irrigation technology and precision ag technology.

This year 25 companies, as well as university researchers, will participate with 120 to 130 plots focusing on traditional row crop varieties. These will include 35 varieties each of corn and soybeans, 50 for cotton and 21 for peanuts and 1 plot highlighting Pearl Millet as an alternative crop.

Research is what the Sunbelt Ag Expo was built on and there is no shortage of it in the fields this year.

The UGA cotton and peanut teams will be in the fields along with the UGA pearl millet team.

The National Peanut Research Laboratory of Dawson, Ga., will showcase their “Field to Fuel Tank” research on peanuts for biodiesel.

There will be two major irrigation sites at Field Day. Reinke Mfg. Co. has partnered with AG Technologies; LLC/Trimble Navigation to show growers how applying GPS technology on a lateral irrigation system will enhance their watering efficiency while minimizing their costs.

The Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission will be located adjacent to Medders Irrigation/Valmont. GSWCC will be focusing on its Agriculture Water Conservation Program.

Aspects of this program that are of high interest are Ag Water Metering Program, Irrigator Pro and the Mobile Irrigation Lab. The benefits of metering in relation to water conservation, improved efficiency and improved yields should provide valuable and timely information in light of the drought.

Trams depart starting at 8:30 and a complimentary lunch is served at 12:15.

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