As planting is now if full swing on the Darrell Williams Research Farm, let’s learn a bit about what’s going in the ground. First up – corn!

The Expo’s farm crew works closely with Nutrien Ag Solutions each year. They conduct quite a bit of their research on the Expo Farm and this year is no different. They started with corn seed variety trials.  In addition, Nutrien will have infurrow corn plots as well as plots testing 2×2 treatments. Jeremy Kichler, Colquitt County’s Extension Coordinator, and Dr. Simerjeet Virk, UGA Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag Specialist in Crop and Soil Sciences, are also conducting corn research on the research farm.  They have over 50 plots testing different seed varieties, seed population, infurrow treatments and fungicide applications. AgroLiquid, a plant nutrition manufacturer, has 2 plots – one infurrow and one 2×2.  DEKALB, Pioneer, DynaGro, Progeny and Syngenta also have plots planted that will feature their top seed varieties.

Having now been in the ground for over a week, the seeds have germinated and there is a stand of young corn plants on the Research Farm.