The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition's Field Day, scheduled for July 16, will highlight traditional crop varieties but also will introduce a new outlet for landowners.

“We're excited to introduce a forest and wildlife management demonstration in addition to our traditional row crops,” says Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Expo.

The 9-acre demonstration will provide a living example of how forest, wildlife and herbicides can be integrated effectively into a successful management program.

Michael Dooner, president of Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc., notes, “Through the application of proven management techniques, forest landowners can have profitable pine plantations as well as excellent wildlife populations for hunting or viewing.”

In addition, visitors can see first-hand more than 140 varieties of corn, cotton, peanuts, soybeans and grain sorghum, as well as the latest irrigation technology.

The University of Georgia Extension Peanut Team is testing new planting patterns featuring six rows on one bed in a triple-row pattern. One of the advantages to using this planting pattern is a reduction in the incidence of tomato spotted wilt virus, which is seen in traditional twin-row planting. In addition, the University of Georgia Cotton Team will discuss yield, quality and costs of various cotton production practices.

Representatives from John Deere will return to the Expo Field Day this year with the latest technology for farmers to incorporate into their operations. By combining John Deere's new AutoTrac assisted steering system with the field-proven Implement Management System, a farmer can achieve a two-button tractor operation.

Field Day — a preview to the Sunbelt Expo in October — provides a unique opportunity for farmers to see future trends in agriculture, says Darrell Williams, Expo farm manager. Seed company representatives will point out conventional and transgenic crop varieties, while chemical company representatives will share advanced growing techniques.

“Our ultimate goal is to help farmers increase their yield and profitability,” adds Blalock.

There is no admission to Field Day, and a complimentary lunch is provided.

The Field Tour, in covered shuttles, begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is scheduled for 12:15, with a grand prize and door give-aways following.

The event is held at the home of the Sunbelt Expo, Spence Field In Moultrie, Ga., which is located on Highway 133, three miles southeast of U.S. Highway 319. For more information, contact the Sunbelt Expo office at (229) 985-1968, fax (229) 890-8515, e-mail info@sunbeltexpo.com, 290-G Harper Blvd., Moultrie, Ga. 31768.