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UGA Southeastern Research and Education Center to Host Midville Field Day National News

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ATHENS — The University of Georgia Southeastern Research and Education Center (SEREC) will host its annual Field Day on August 10 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The annual event is an open house tour of current research projects at the center, where faculty members from the College of Agro-Environmental Sciences explore the research they are doing in cotton, peanuts, soybeans, maize, small grains and cover crops. to introduce.

“I always look forward to this day,” said SEREC Superintendent Anthony Black. “Meet producers, show them production practices they can apply to improve their own operations, and show how commodity check-off dollars are used to fund research that supports sustainable food production. It’s an opportunity to show who you are.”

Established in 1951 as the Southeast Georgia Branch Experimental Station, the facility’s mission is to be large enough to accurately assess the costs and returns of a variety of commodities adapted to the local soils and arid climates of the upper coastal plains. was to study agricultural practices on an administrative scale. region.

Currently, the 720-acre facility has more than 60 research projects underway focused on efficient use of water.

“Although it is likely to be hot, participants will ride a canopy tram with cool water throughout the tour,” said Black. Dear fans, as always, we will do everything we can to make this a comfortable and educational event.”

Video footage from the 2021 Midville Field Day is available on Topics for the 2022 event include variety assessment, wildlife field boundary management, cover crop management, fertility management, pollinator habitat creation, precision agriculture research, and variable rate timing of forage production. It is included.

Overall, the presentations and speakers scheduled for this year are:

— Drought-tolerant soybean variety development, Zenglu Li.

— Statewide breed testing programs in Midville, Daniel Mailhot and Dusty Dunn.

— Soil Health and Fertility, Henry Sintim;

— Peanut Pest Management, Mark Abney;

— Soil water holding capacity and long-term cover crop systems, Mary Logan Tostenson, Peyton Sapp, Jason Mallard;

— Peanut Varieties Evaluation, Nino Brown;

— Cotton and Peanut Fertility Management, Glenn Harris;

— Peanut breeding using wild species David Bertioli and Soraya Bertioli.

— Cotton Agricultural Research and Updates, Camp Hand;

— Pathology Extension and Applied Research Program, Bob Kemerite;

— Field effects of commercial Bt cotton, Phillip Roberts;

— County Cotton Large Variety Evaluation, Pam Sapp and Savannah Tanner.

— Evaluation of Peanut Varieties in Large and Small Plots, Scott Tubbs, Wade Parker, Stephen Powell.

— Variable rate liming for pasture and forage, Daniel Jackson;

— Precision agriculture research at Midville, Wes Porter and Simer Virk.

— Field boundary management of quail and pollinator habitats, Jesse Kamp and Chaz Holt

Registration is free online through August 8th or on-site on the day of the event. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered to Category 10 and 21 Georgia Pesticide Applicators, and National Accredited Crop Advisor Credit will also be available.

To register for Midville Field Day or for more information, visit

Emily Cabrera is the public relations coordinator for the Integrated Pest Management Program at the University of Georgia.