2012-08-29 / Fields & Yields

Field day held at UGA’s Midville research center

From Staff Reports

More than 150 farmers, researchers and others in the industry gathered in Burke County last week for a firsthand look at the some of the latest findings in agricultural research. Local farmers, University of Georgia Extension personnel and researchers and industry representatives were among the crowd at the Southeast Research and Education Center, where they worked their way through10 stations highlighting results in various ongoing trials at the 725- acre research farm.

Burke County Extension Coordinator Peyton Sapp said it was once again a successful event.

“I agree with Dr. Joe West, Assistant Dean from the UGA Tifton Campus, the Southeast Research and Education field day is the most well attended and informative of those held around the state, due in large part to the great interaction here between extension agents, extension specialists and researchers,” he said.

Presentations included research on bio-energy crop production, early season peanut fungicide application, cotton sub-surface drip irrigation, cotton plant growth regulator evaluation, kudzu bug control in soybeans, variable rate seeding of peanut, soybean planting date study and variety testing highlights.

County extension agents from Burke, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins and Washington counties worked with Anthony Black, the center’s coordinator, to plan and host the event.

Dr. Scott Angle, UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director, also attended and pointed out that UGA will continue to invest in the center, which was in jeopardy of closing for good about six years ago.

Various upgrades to the facilities and equipment have been made in the past couple of years. Dean Angle mentioned plans to continue updating and improving the infrastructure over the next few years.

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