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UGA Southeastern Research and Education Center Hosts Midville Field Day

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JULY 31 — ATHENS — The Southeastern Research and Education Center (SEREC) at the University of Georgia 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 during the tour,” Black said. “For the noon program, catering he will prepare a barbecue lunch. The program will take place in a covered area where the fans gather. I will do what I can.”

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:

— Soybean variety development for drought tolerance, Zenglu Li;

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

—Soil Health and Fertility, Henry Sintim;

—Mark Abney, Peanut Pest Management;

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

— Evaluation of Peanut Varieties, Nino Brown;

— Cotton and Peanut Breeding Control, Glenn Harris;

—Peanut Breeding Using Wild Species, David Bertioli and Soraya Bertioli.

— Cotton Agricultural Research and Updates, Camp Hand;

—Bob Kemerite, Pathology Extension and Applied Research Program;

— Field Effects of Commercial Bt Cotton, Phillip Roberts;

—Pam Sapp and Savannah Tanner, large-scale varietal evaluation of county cotton.

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

— Pasture and Forage Variable Rate liming, Daniel Jackson;

—Precision agriculture research at Midville, Wes Porter, Shimmer Burke.

—Field boundary management for quail and pollinator habitat, 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