The Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day is the midsummer place to see the best products, varieties and on-farm research in action in the Southeast at one of the region’s premier educational facilities for top commodities.

Sunbelt Ag Field Day will be July 10 in Moultrie, Ga. Breakfast will be served at 7:15 a.m. with short welcomes and comments. At 8 a.m. shuttles will be loaded to tour the farm, where 30 to 35 stops are scheduled with specific time allotted for each stop.

“Last year’s field day worked great with the different schedule, so we didn’t see any need to change it much. We work to make things better each year but also keep what works best for our guests. Again this year we’re focusing on our core agronomic crops at the field day, especially our corn, cotton, soybean and peanut work,” said Michael Chafin, in his third year as the Sunbelt Ag Expo Darrell Williams Research Farm manager.

The tours will end by noon. Ameris Bank will provide a lunch for those who want a bite to eat before leaving. After the tour, sponsors and company representatives will be on hand at booths setup where the shuttles unload passengers for attendees to mingle and talk with as long as they like. There will be door prizes awarded.

Despite a wet spring this year which slowed planting in the area, 25 to 30 top corn varieties will be setting kernels for attendees to judge, Chafin said.

“We had some setbacks but not too much this spring here on the farm but not as bad as many other locations. We were able to get land prep done and get trials planted on time. But it wasn’t easy,” he said. “The farm crew really stepped it up to keep us on time and to get things done despite the rain we had that really did cause some problems for some growers.”

Land-grant answers

The Expo farm site is a primary site for University of Georgia research trials for all major Southern agronomic crops. UGA Cooperative Extension specialist for corn, cotton, soybeans and peanuts will share their on-site research in better fertility, variety trials and disease and pest management.

More and more Southern corn and cotton farmers are seeing the benefit of well-timed fungicide applications. Though some commodity prices have slumped this year, still investing in protecting yields against fungal diseases is something that can payoff for growers, Chafin said.

Herbicide resistance continues to be a major focus for cotton in the region. UGA weed specialists plus company representatives will talk about management strategies now to deal with the issue plus what is coming down the pipeline to help growers win the battle against hard-to-control weeds.