The latest agricultural research trends will be on display Aug. 6 at the 2009 Virginia Ag Expo at J.N. Mills & Sons Farm in Hanover County.



The farm is at 13497 Hanover Quarter Road, and the event sponsors are the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Grain Producers Association, the Virginia Soybean Association, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.



“It’s a big thing, because the Ag Expo highlights research ... and also shows off production practices like preventing bank erosion, putting in filter strips and other steps” to help protect the environment, said Leigh Pemberton, president of the Hanover County Farm Bureau. Visitors will be able to tour a variety of on-farm corn and soybean test plots, which will demonstrate the effects of different seeding rates, fungicide applications and planting dates. A portable fencing demonstration will show farmers how to better protect waterways from livestock intrusion, and the latest vegetable products will be displayed.



Guided tours of the test plots will be available from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and will include corn weed control; precision guidance systems for forage; pasture management and animal husbandry; wetlands mitigation and stream exclusion fencing; and a comparison of soybean planting rotations. A $10 registration fee per person includes a barbecue lunch.



The registration deadline is July 28. Mail checks to Virginia Ag Expo, 17000 Sandy Point Road, Charles City, Va., 23030. Contact Rose Bradshaw, Hanover County Extension agent, at 804-752-4310.