News form the Farm

by | August 10, 2010 12:00 am

Midville Station Field Day

On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 farmers and agri-business leaders are invited to attend the Field Day at the Southeast Research and Education Center (SREC) in Midville. The Field Day will begin with registration at 9:00 am and end with lunch at 12:30. Farmers will load the trams beginning at 9:20 am.

There are many interesting stops planned during the Field Day. Participants will hear Dr. John Beasley discuss Peanut Row Spacing and Varieties. Dr. Scott Tubbs will cover Peanut Seeding Rates. Dr. Bob Kemerait and Mark Crosby will discuss research on Peanut Fungicides and Spray Water Volumes. At another stop, Dr. John All, along with Dr. Phillip Roberts, will discuss Soybean Insect Management. .

Dr. Jared Whittaker will cover Soybean Varieties. Wade Parker, Peyton Sapp, and Jared Whittaker will discuss Large Scale Cotton Variety Trials and Dr. Dewey Lee will discuss Bio-Fuel Crop Production. Dr. Dennis Hancock will cover Switch Grass Establishment.

Several years ago, the station was “mothballed” and scheduled for permanent closure and possible sale of the land and equipment. After some hard work by farmers, agri-business leaders, and several political figures, the decision to close the station was rescinded.

Today a team of dedicated employees is working hard to get the station ready for the Field day. The new station director is Anthony Black, a native of Jenkins County. The data collected at the Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville has been invaluable to the farmers of our area that understand that our area has different soil types, weather patterns, insect problems and disease problems than other parts of Georgia. They also know that varieties that work well in other parts of the state may not work as well in our area.

I hope that farmers in our area will travel to Midville on August 18 to attend the Field Day. For more information on the SREC Field Day, call the Emanuel County Extension Office at 237-1226.

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