NE Ag Expo to Focus on Cotton, Precision Ag

Gates County, N.C., Extension will host this year's event.

Published on: May 4, 2010
What would it be worth to you to get some of the latest information on precision farming, cotton management, cost-share programs and more? Is free cheap enough?

The Northeast Ag Expo Field Day is an annual affair that offers just that. It will be held Wednesday, August 11, in Gates County. This year the featured crop for the NE Ag Expo is cotton and Gates County Extension will be hosting the Precision Ag Field Day in conjunction with it.

Commercial and private pesticide applicator credits and certified crop adviser credits will be available as well.

Umphlett Brothers farm will be the farm cooperator for this year's field day. The expo starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Gates County Community Center, and then moves at 10:25 a.m. to the Umphlett Brothers Farm on Middle Swamp Road (County Road 1318) where events continue until 3:10 p.m. From 3-5 p.m. exhibitor visits and vehicle demonstrations will be offered.

Among other featured speakers, N.C. State University soil specialist Carl Crozier will kick things off at the community center with a presentation on Precision Land Preparation; Extension crop science specialist Ron Heiniger will discuss the Economic Benefits of Precision Farming; Gary Roberson, an agricultural engineer, will talk about Precision Cotton Management.

At the Umphlett farm extension cotton specialist Keith Edmisten will show the results of some his NC State university cotton research and there will be precision farming field demonstrations. One of these will be a survey of some interesting GPS systems with an eye to the accuracy of precision equipment. Variable rate seeding will also be featured, along with additional presentations.

Learn more on the field day by pointing your Internet browser to http://pasquotank.ces.ncsu.edu/content/2010%20%20Northeast%20Ag%20Expo.

For more information you can also contact: Mark Powell, Interim County Extension director, Camden County; Tommy Grandy, Extension agent, Currituck County; Heather Lifsey, County Extension director, Chowan County; Paul Smith, Extension agent, Gates County; Al Wood, Extension agent, Pasquotank County; or Lewis Smith, County Extension director, Perquimans County.