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[image: grand prize field day 2011]Grand Prize, 2011 Field Day

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*Trams depart starting at 8:30 and a **compl**imentary lunch is served at
12:15.  Register before**8:15a.m. for a chance to win a $100 early bird cash
prize.  Grand Prize and Door Prize Giveaways. Every attendee receives an
Expo cap.   *

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There was a time when farming involved seed, soil, hard work and favorable
weather from Mother Nature.  All of the above is still important for a
successful crop, but technology is playing an increasing role in
agriculture.  *If you are a farmer or associated with agriculture in any
way, mark your calendars for Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day.  Scheduled for
Thursday, July 7 at Spence Field in Moultrie, site of the Sunbelt Expo,
Field Day is an event that you could benefit from attending.* Field day
gives farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress
and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. But it also
provides the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture.


*Trimble Navigation,* a leader in GPS technology and precision agriculture,
will be on site to demonstrate their latest technology, "Connected Farm", a
new system of software and communication services that takes farm management
efficiency to the next level by combining precision farming information
collected in the field with data management software and cell phone


[image: field day 2]Irrigation Technology is a key factor in the success of
many farming operations, especially in drought prone areas.  Visitors to
this year's Field Day will see some high tech initiatives geared at
combining irrigation and the internet in order to save farmers time and
money and streamline their operations.  Mike Mills with *Reinke
Irrigation*says,"We know there are significant advantages by tying
high-speed internet and
our irrigation systems. That serves the purposes of conserving water,
conserving energy, and it increases the yield."  The *Flint River Basin P**
artnership* will showcase two emerging irrigation water management
technologies: remote soil moisture monitoring and variable rate irrigation.
Both technologies are currently deployed on working farms throughout
southwest Georgia, and are available across Georgia through the USDA NRCS
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Both practices utilize
cutting-edge technology to improve the efficiency of irrigation water use.
Remote soil moisture monitoring (RSMM) improves efficiency by identifying
precise periods of time in which a farmer can irrigate less by using
objective field data such as soil moisture, soil temperature, crop growth
stage and localized ET. Variable rate irrigation (VRI) improves efficiency
by removing non-crop areas from irrigation; coordinating application amounts
with variations in soil type and field topography; and, eliminating double
application due to pivot overlap. VRI was developed by a team of researchers
at the University of Georgia.


[image: fieldday 4]Two crops that hold the potential for alternate
energy: *switch
grass and miscanthus, are in their third and second years respectively as
demonstration crops*. Researchers are studying the potential of these
grasses as ethanol base products. Miscanthus, in particular, will be easy to
spot.  It is a high-yielding, noninvasive perennial grass native to Asia.


Visitors will get the chance to *preview Expo's first ever organic
demonstration plot*.  The two acre plot will feature an acre of peanuts and
an acre of pearl millet with a rye cover crop over the winter.  This field
trial will demonstrate organic weed and pest management strategies developed
at the *Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton as part of a long-term
collaborative research effort among the USDA-ARS, University of Georgia, and
Georgia Organics.  *Representatives from these institutions will be on hand
to discuss incentives opportunities [image: fielday1]available to producers
through the Organic EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program).  In
addition, The *University of Georgia Peanut Team* is conducting a research
trial comparing eight runner-type peanut cultivars for their response to
single and twin row planting patterns. Five currently available cultivars
and three newly released cultivars were planted in late April and will be on
display. Peanut producers have a lot to be excited about in regards to
peanut cultivar selection. *The peanut breeding programs at the University
of Georgia, USDA-ARS, and the University of Florida have developed and
recently released cultivars* that provide producers with a higher yield
plateau compared to the old standard, Georgia Green. Early results indicate
these new cultivars can, on average, yield 500 - 1,000 pounds per acre more
than Georgia Green.


[image: fielday3]Field Day will also include a look at the *latest varieties
of cotton, corn and soybeans*. Feed grains and corn are the most widely
grown crops in the U.S. Despite high stockpiles, supplies for corn remain
tight because of its use for fuel production. All of the companies that sell
corn hybrids have new and improved varieties that will be on display.  The
recent increase in cotton futures has generated some renewed interest in
cotton in the Southeast and companies are excited to show some of the
improved varieties they have.  *The University of Georgia Cotton Team* will
discuss experiments across several disciplines including soil fertility,
weed management, entomology and plant growth management.


Although tractors are not typically on display during Field Day, *visitors
will have a chance to see the latest technology for high-horsepower tractors
for the future.  New Holland will preview its new T8 Series tractor at Field
Day.* The T8 Series tractors give you the speed and stability of a long
wheelbase with the agility of a short wheelbase. You get more power with
less noise and fuel, higher speeds with better maneuverability, increased
technology with simpler operation.  The result: you cover more acres in a
day and save both time and money.  With the price of diesel so expensive and
the cost of all farm inputs up so much from recent years, looking at more
environmental friendly, fuel efficient and precise tractors will likely be
of interest to growers attending Field Day.

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