Wheat and Barley Varieties and Cutting-Edge Agriculture Technologies Showcased at the 2013 Virginia Small Grains Field Day
Painter, VA – Over 140 members of the Virginia agriculture industry gathered today for the 2013 Virginia Small Grains Field Day at Sturgis Farms and the Eastern Shore AREC in Painter, Virginia. The event featured many of Virginia’s top agriculture researchers presenting wheat and barley cultivars, the latest agriculture technologies, and field trials on disease management, and both weed and insect control.
Event speaker and VDACS Commissioner, Matt Lohr, commented on the longstanding importance of the agriculture industry to Virginia and the nation’s economy. Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry, supporting one of every five jobs, and generating an economic impact of $55 billion annually.
Dr. Saied Mostaghimi, Director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, kicked off the field plot tours with remarks on the research currently in progress and the positive impact new and developing technologies will have on small grains producers.
Director of Virginia cooperative Extension, Dr. Ed Jones, discussed the successes and accomplishments of VCE in recent years and reminded producers of the importance of cooperative extension in the agriculture community.
The field plot tours & presentations included:
The annual educational event, hosted by the Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA) in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Small Grains Checkoff Board, offers grain producers and agribusinesses a unique opportunity to hear from industry experts. Events like the Field Day are a critical resource to keep farmers on the cutting edge as their industry requires them to constantly evolve and adapt to new technologies and react to ever-changing weather, environmental pressures, and regulations.
VGPA would like to extend special thanks to Lee & Sonny Sturgis for their hospitality and all our sponsors who made the 2013 Virginia Small Grains Field Day such a success.
Special Thanks to
Prosaro Fungicide By Bayer CropScience
Virginia Crop Improvement Assn.
Weller & Associates Crop Insurance
Crabbe Aviation, LLC
DuPont Crop Protection
The Mennel Milling Company of VA – Roanoke and
Old Dominion Grain – West Point
U.S. Wheat Associates
Dublin Farms Inc.
Independent Ag Equipment
Koch Agronomic Services
P. Bradley & Sons