Published on 08/02/17

UGA to host annual field day at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center

By Clint Thompson

Applied research related to four of the state’s major row crops will be presented to southeast Georgia farmers at the annual Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center (SGREC) Field Day in Midville, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

University of Georgia scientists and Cooperative Extension agents from across the state will discuss research being completed in cotton, corn, peanuts and soybeans.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The field day starts at approximately 9:20 a.m. and ends around 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is not required for the event.

“While additional work is being done, we’re repeating some of the same studies being completed at other research centers in Tifton, Georgia, and Plains, Georgia. We do so because we have a geographical and climate difference here. Our rain patterns are a little different. We’re typically drier than Tifton, so research here is vastly different than what’s being done in southwest Georgia,” said SGREC Superintendent Anthony Black.

UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait will discuss disease management and UGA Extension entomologists Phillip Roberts and John All will talk about insect management options.

Researchers with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Statewide Variety Testing program will present updates on the performance of various crop varieties. UGA soybean breeding program scientists will discuss the latest advancements being made in a commodity with a statewide farm gate value of more than $128 million.

“Given the diverse geographic landscape in Georgia, the research being done in southwest Georgia is not applicable to farmers in southeast Georgia. The Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center is a vital tool to the success of our producers in that part of the state,” said Joe West, assistant dean for the UGA Tifton campus. West also oversees the Midville-based research and education center.

The SGREC is located at 9638 Highway 56 South in Midville, Georgia. For more information, call 478-589-7472.

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

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