Published on 09/13/17

Sod field day set for Oct. 31, Nov. 1 in Ft. Valley and Perry

By Sharon Dowdy

Georgia turfgrass producers and industry leaders will gather Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Ft. Valley, Georgia, for the annual Georgia Sod and Turf Producers Field Day.

Industry leaders and university experts will provide updates on turfgrass-related topics, and the latest equipment will be displayed and demonstrated at the event’s trade show.

The field day will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday with a reception at Super-Sod Turf Farm in Perry, Georgia. The reception is sponsored by Trebro Manufacturing and the Georgia Crop Improvement Association.

Registration and a continental breakfast are set for 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Fort Valley State University Agricultural Technology Conference Center. The breakfast will be sponsored by Brouwer Kesmac. 

Educational sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. The keynote address, “On the Economic, Business and Political Climate,” will be delivered by Roger Tutterow, professor of economics and the director of the Econometric Center at the Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed scientist Patrick McCullough will give a presentation on enhancing weed control programs for sod production, and UGA Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz will provide an update on UGA turfgrass research and education programs. Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar will give a legislative update.

Lunch will be held at Super-Sod Turf Farm. The trade show and equipment demonstrations will be held after lunch, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The field day is sponsored by the Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAC). Registration is $75 for UAC members, $95 for nonmembers and $25 for students. After Oct. 7, registration is $100 for UAC members, $120 for nonmembers and $45 for students. UGA Extension personnel can attend Wednesday for $25.

For more information, call 800-687-6949, email or go to

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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