What is in this article?:
- Organic grains topic of North Carolina field day
- Interactive program
• Organic meat is in high demand these days and to produce it growers must use organic grains.
• Like other grains, demand for organic corn and soybeans by North Carolina livestock producers runs way ahead of supply.
• Two big problems limiting growth of organic grain production in the state are weeds and seeds.
Growers interested in growing organic soybeans and other organic grain crops will have an opportunity to ask specific questions and become an interactive part of the program, which gets under way at 10 a.m. at the Caswell Research Station, located at 2415 West Vernon Avenue in Kinston, N.C.
There is a $10 registration fee, which includes the cost of a noon-time barbecue lunch. Whether meat for the noon meal is organic or not will be revealed at the meeting.
Horton and North Carolina State Research Associate and Plant Breeder, George Place will start the meeting with a walking tour of organic research work at the Caswell Station. Stops during the tour will include a cultivation demonstration, soybean plant population study, seeding rates for organic grain crops, and a look at a no-till/roll-kill technique that has proven successful in helping some growers overcome weed problems in grain crops.
During the noontime barbecue lunch Horton will lead an informal discussion of marketing opportunities for North Carolina organic grain growers.
Following lunch attendees will get a chance to see how different corn and soybean varieties performed in North Carolina State’s Official Variety Tests (OVT) program. North Carolina State Crop Breeders George Place, Tommy Carter and Major Goodman will discuss performance characteristics of various grain crop varieties at the Caswell Station.
To register for the meeting, or get more information, contact Lisa Forehand at 919-513-0954.
Attendees will qualify for 2.5 hours of Certified Crop Advisor CEU credit and 1.5 hours of Continuing Pesticide Certification Credit for subclasses N,O,D, X.