MOULTRIE — The 2021 Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day, originally scheduled for July 22, has been rescheduled for Aug. 12, Expo officials announced Thursday.
Farmers are invited to join Expo officials to learn practical information from the region’s top agricultural scientists about the newest technologies that they can use to improve their operations.
Participants in the Driving Tour of the Darrell Williams Research Farm can enjoy Field Day from the comfort of their own vehicle as they learn from university researchers and vendors.
The half-day event will take place at the 600-acre Williams farm, located at the Expo show site at Spence Field. Registration is free for anyone who works in agriculture. Visitors should arrive through Gate 2 anytime between 8 and 9 a.m. to begin the tour. Signs will direct those in attendance to a red tent where they will register, receive a welcome bag including snacks, register for CCA credits, and begin the tour. They will never have to step out of their vehicle for this process.
Once registered, visitors will then drive through the tour path while viewing pre-recorded segments featuring university researchers and company vendors. In addition, farmers can choose to pull aside at stops that particularly spark their interest to further investigate plots and visit one-on-one with researchers.
“We have the unique ability to work with university and corporate researchers on our Darrell Williams Research Farm, where we continue to conduct cotton, peanut, corn, soybean and forage research — all aimed at improving the farmer’s bottom line,” Sunbelt Ag Expo Executive Director Chip Blalock said. “We look at the latest seed varieties, crop protection methods, soil fertility, irrigation and precision ag technology.”
“Each year, our mission is to provide a place where research can be done to benefit all row crop and forage farmers — especially those who might not have the resources or land to just go out and try a new variety or technology on a hunch,” Sunbelt Ag Expo Farm Manager Cody Mitchell said. “This year is no different.
“We strive to have the best-looking farm around. We want the Expo farm to showcase what a farm should look like. We work hard all year to ensure that we make a lifelong impression on the guests who come to see us during the Sunbelt Ag Expo in October. When they visit here, we want it to be an eye-opening experience that’s worth their time.”
There are a few tips visitors should keep in mind to enjoy a successful tour. Bring a friend to experience the event with you. Be sure to have a smart phone or tablet with you to view the research videos during the tour. Videos will be accessible using the web site or YouTube channel. Connect your device to your vehicle Bluetooth before you arrive. Plan to chat with researchers and vendors at plots that specifically interest you. Prepare to explore and learn on the research farm, all while enjoying your comfortable vehicle!
UGA researchers, extension specialists, and ag chemical representatives conduct numerous trials at the Sunbelt farm for all major southern agronomic crops.