The crops on the farm include those most widely grown in the Southeast, including cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and hay. A new crop, sesame, has been planted in the crop plots on the farm this year. The Expo farm has some of the largest plantings to be found in south Georgia of two premier forage crops, alfalfa and perennial peanuts.

Also, check out the Expo’s organic crop plots supervised by USDA agronomists.

University of Georgia Extension scientists use the Expo farm to test new herbicides, fungicides, planting dates, row spacings and crop varieties. They will use the information from these plots in making their crop production recommendations for the 2013 growing season.

Visitors will again be able to ride shaded shuttle wagons to see the crops and the field demonstrations on the farm. Visitors can get off the shuttle wagons to get a close-up view of the crops and the equipment, and then embark on another shuttle wagon for a return trip to the exhibit area.

Blalock says the Expo depends on the work of countless individuals, many of them volunteers. “These folks return to Moultrie year after year to work in the exhibits, in the field demonstrations, in organizing our stock dog trials, in parking the cars, in the food tents, in the ticket and information booths, in driving the tractors pulling our shuttle wagons, and in virtually every aspect of our farm show,” he adds.

“We are grateful for all the support our Expo receives from the local community and from agricultural businesses and organizations from throughout this region and this country.

All of us come together each October because we have a profound appreciation for what agriculture contributes to our well being, and because we all believe in the future of farming.”

Over the past 23 years, the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award has become the most prestigious award for agricultural producers in the U.S.

This year, outstanding farmers designated as state winners from 10 states will be recognized, and one will be named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon on the opening day of the show.

“Everyone who farms will enjoy coming to our show,” says Blalock. “If you need a new tractor or combine, or a new implement, or a new seed variety, or if you want to start a new farming enterprise, then the Expo is the place to be. I can promise you that our staff and our volunteers and our exhibitors will do their best to see that you get the information you need to make your important farming decisions.”

The Expo is located southeast of Moultrie, Ga., on Georgia Hwy. 133. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day of the show. Parking is free of charge. Admission is $10 per person or $20 for a three-day admission ticket. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The Expo will welcome visitors during the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17, and from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Private and charter aircraft may land on a 4,500-foot hard-surface runway at Spence Field under the control of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Expo also offers sites for camping and for parking recreational vehicles. For additional information on camping facilities, contact the City of Moultrie by phone at 229-890-5425.

For additional information on the farm show, check the Expo Web site: www.sunbeltexpo.com or contact the Expo by e-mail at info@sunbeltexpo.com, or call 229-985-1968.