Moultrie Observer

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June 27, 2012

Field Day to feature farm innovation

MOULTRIE — Innovation in seeds, processes and equipment will be the focus of the annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition’s Field Day July 12.

Trams will depart for the fields by 8:30 a.m., so visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval will host a biscuit breakfast reception at 7:15 at the new Georgia Agriculture Building. There will be an early bird drawing for $100 cash for those attendees registering by 8:15 a.m. Certified crop advisor credits will also be given.

Field Day is a half-day educational opportunity to see the latest in seed, crop protection, irrigation, precision ag and equipment technology, all in an applied research setting. Company representatives as well as university researchers will make presentations on their newest technology.

Water conservation and irrigation technology continue to be a main focus at Field Day. Expo is working in conjunction with researchers at the Flint River Basin Partnership and Certified Ag Resources to show how remote soil moisture monitoring technology can enhance water usage and conservation through precise irrigation scheduling, which takes into effect soil moisture and temperature, crop growing stage and localized evapotranspiration.

“We are also working with the BB Hobbs Company to show how drip irrigation conserves water and again feeds the plant precise amounts of water at the proper times,” said a press release from Expo. “A new precision drain tiling project coordinated by Soil and Water Agricultural Technologies will show how new drain tile technology will enhance the our ability to more efficiently remove excess water from our fields. Reinke Irrigation and Valley Irrigation will both discuss the latest in precision irrigation technology.”

In addition to traditional row crops, the Expo will also highlight several new trials including: organic peanuts/pearl millet, energy grasses such as switch grass, miscanthus, energy cane and biomass sorghum and sesame production.

Ag Technologies LLC continues to be at the forefront of precision ag technology and will have representatives on site discussing GreenSeeker, an on-the-go plant sensor system that determines the health of a plant in real time and delivers the optimum amount of nitrogen or plant growth regulator to improve yields.

This is an opportunity to get a sneak preview of what you will see at the 35th annual edition of “North America’s Premier Farm Show,” the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, on Oct. 16-18.

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