Published on 08/10/16

Upcoming field day to feature UGA CAES research

By Clint Thompson

A field day focusing on University of Georgia research at the Southeast Research and Education Center (SEREC) in Midville, Georgia, will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24.

Southeast Georgia industry personnel and farmers are invited to attend and learn more about the research trials being conducted at the center with high-value crops like cotton, peanuts and soybeans.

“Having this field day in Midville is essential to farmers in the southeastern part of Georgia. The growing conditions in Midville are not the same compared to Plains, Tifton or other areas of the state where UGA research is conducted. It’s important to let farmers in Midville and the surrounding areas know what the research is telling our scientists. Producers can then make those applications to their day-to-day farming operations,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton Campus, who also oversees the SEREC in Midville.

According to Anthony Black, superintendent of the SEREC, the following scientists will be on hand to discuss research projects: UGA Cooperative Extension cotton and soybean entomologist Phillip Roberts; research entomologist John All; Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker; Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort; Extension peanut entomologist Mark Abney; Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait; Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter; and precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis.

“Attendees can expect updates on variety trials for row crops, irrigation scheduling research for soybeans, plant growth regulator management for cotton, row crop disease updates, peanut insect management strategies and ultra-late soybean production systems,” Black said.

The event is free and there is no pre-registration to attend. Black said that between 130 and 150 participants attend the event every year. Following the field day, there will be a sponsored lunch at noon.

For more information, call (478) 589-7472.

Clint Thompson is an agriculture writer based in Tifton, Georgia.