Sunbelt Ag Expo boasts a 100-acre exhibit site; however, what makes it unique to other farm shows in the country is the 600-acre Darrell Williams Research Farm. Each year, near the end of March or or the beginning of April, when the longer days begin to warm the soil just enough, the Expo’s farm crew begins planting plots representing crops grown in the southeast. Last week, planting commenced for the year.
Over the next month or so, a multitude of research plots will be planted to test seed varieties, fertilizers and chemicals, soil moisture levels, irrigation usage, and much more. University of Georgia researchers as well as company representatives and agronomists can be found on the farm during this season as these trials are started and as samples are gathered throughout the growing season. The Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day, held each July, is a highlight of the year as farmers from the region visit the farm to learn about the newest technology being tested and how they can anticipate incorporating this technology into their operation.
This year, plan to visit:
- Helena Agri-Enterprises
- Miller Chemical and Fertilizer
- NK Syngenta
- Nutrien Ag Solutions
- R.W. Griffin
- University of Georgia
- Vivid Life Sciences
Mark your calendar now to be at this year’s Field Day, July 21, beginning at 8:00 a.m. More detailed information will be available later in the year at sunbeltexpo.com/field-day.