Growers in southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina will get to see the progress of a number of row crops and hear the latest in research-driven production information at a June 5, field day at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Va.

The field day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by a series of field tours that will begin at 9 a.m. At each stop growers will hear the latest research findings and forecasts for the 2012 crop.

Topics for the tour stops include: Plant nutrient management, pest management and crop management for cotton, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, corn and grain sorghum.

The recent increase in interest in grain sorghum in the area will likely be of particular interest to growers in search of more drought tolerant dryland crops to plant.

The involvement of large grain buying companies in providing markets for grain sorghum and the need for lower cost grain in the livestock industry has spurred new research efforts to help growers produce it more efficiently.

Virginia Tech Extension Specialists scheduled to present at the field day include: Maria Balota, Pat Phipps, Ames Herbert, Hunter Frame, David Holshouser, and Wade Thomason.

Robert Christian will conclude the tour with a pesticide safety review.

The research station has applied to offer Certified Crop Adviser Continuing Education Credits. Commercial Pesticide Applicator recertification credits (categories 1-A, 1-C, and 10), and Registered Technician (category 60) will be available for participants.

Following the field tour and presentation, Bayer CropScience will sponsor lunch, which will begin at 12:30 pm.

For more information about the meeting or to request help in locating the field day site, which is located on Hare Road near the main Research Center, or for special assistance during the field day, call Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agriculture and Research Center at 757-657-6450.

(For additional information on the growing interest in grain sorghum across the area, click here and here).