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- Sunbelt Expo Field Day spotlights latest research, products
- Attendees in and out before rains hit
- The unusually wet weather that has drenched much of the Deep South this summer didn’t miss the Sunbelt Ag Expo, where more than 40 inches of rain has fallen since the first of the year.
New schedule worked and got the 400-plus attendees in and out of the fields before afternoon showers started.
JOHN PAULK, University of Georgia peanut research assistant, tells Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day attendees about the latest peanut research taking place at the Sunbelt Expo farm site in Moultrie, Ga., July 11.
It didn’t rain, but it threatened to. Somehow through one of the wettest summers in recent memory, the Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day went off without a hitch and started and ended with no one getting soaked.
The unusually wet weather that has drenched much of the Deep South this summer didn’t miss the Sunbelt Ag Expo farm site in Moultrie, Ga., where more than 40 inches of rain has fallen since the first of the year, which is almost the annual total for an average year. The area has gotten half of that rain in the last six weeks.
The 600-acre Sunbelt Ag Expo farm site is a working farm and real-life scenarios (and weather) hit it, just like on commercial farms. “It’s been a rough year, so far, but there really isn’t anything we can do about it. We just do our best,” said Michael Chafin, Sunbelt Expo farm site manager, referring to the Sunbelt farm site and to area farmers in general.
Just like most farmers in the area, Chafin said, he has had a tough time getting into the site’s fields to make timely management applications. Pix application for cotton’s been hard to plan and apply. Fertility for corn and later-planted cotton and land plaster on peanuts have had to be done as best they can, or by four-wheelers. “And airplanes have been booked up and running wide open. If you weren’t already on somebody’s list, you just might not get it done this year,” he said. Airplanes were a must to get fungicide applications out on the Expo farm site this year. But, he said, everything’s still in line for the Sunbelt Ag Expo Oct. 15-17 this year.