The 2022 Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day will be July 21. The region’s top agricultural scientists and industry reps will be there, and farmers are invited to come hear about and see the newest technologies and practices to efficiently improve their operations.
The field day is a driving tour of the Sunbelt Expo Darrell Williams Research Farm located at the Expo show site at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Visitors can enjoy the field day from the comfort of their own vehicle. University of Georgia researchers, Extension specialists, and ag chemical representatives conduct numerous trials at the Sunbelt farm for all major southern agronomic crops.
Registration is free for anyone who works in agriculture. Visitors should arrive thru Gate 2 anytime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. to begin the tour.
Attendees can follow the directional signs to a tent where they will register, receive a welcome bag, register for CCA credits, and begin the tour. They will never have to step out of their vehicle for this process. Once registered, visitors will drive through the tour path while viewing pre-recorded segments featuring university researchers and company vendors. In addition, farmers can choose to pull aside at stops that particularly spark their interest to further investigate plots and visit one-on-one with the researchers.
“We have the unique ability to work with university and corporate researchers on our Darrell Williams Research Farm, where we continue to conduct cotton, peanut, corn, soybean and forage research — all aimed at improving the farmer’s bottom line. We look at the latest seed varieties, crop protection methods, soil fertility, irrigation and precision ag technology,” says Chip Blalock, Sunbelt Ag Expo executive director.
“Each year, our mission is to provide a place where research can be done to benefit all row crop and forage farmers — especially those who might not have the resources or land to just go out and try a new variety or technology on a hunch,” says Cody Mitchell, Sunbelt Ag Expo farm manager.
"We strive to have the best-looking farm around. We want the Expo farm to showcase what a farm should look like,” Mitchell said. “We work hard all year to ensure that we make a lifelong impression on the guests who come to see us during Sunbelt Ag Expo in October. When they visit here, we want it to be an eye-opening experience that’s worth their time.”
Here are a few tips help make field day an enjoyable success:
- Bring a friend to experience the event with you.
- Be sure to have a smart phone or tablet with you to view the research videos during the tour.
- Videos will be accessible through Sunbelt Ag Expo web site, or YouTube channel. Connect your device to your vehicle Bluetooth before you arrive.
- Plan to chat with researchers and vendors at plots that specifically interest you.