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.



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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:

  • Greenseeker Demo – Dr. Mark Reiter & NRCS
  • Disease Management in Wheat/Barley – Dr. Steve Rideout
  • Weed Control in Small Grains – Dr. Henry Wilson & Bill Shockley
  • Fertility Management in Small Grains – Dr. Mark Reiter
  • Wheat and Barley Cultivars – Dr. Carl Griffey and Dr. Wade Thomason

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
Our Sponsors

Ferry Sponsor
Pioneer Hi-Bred

Event Sponsors
Dyna-Gro Seed
Farm Credit

Dinner Sponsors
Perdue Agribusiness
Prosaro Fungicide By Bayer CropScience
Virginia Crop Improvement Assn.
Weller & Associates Crop Insurance

Drink Sponsors
Crabbe Aviation, LLC
DuPont Crop Protection
Farm Bureau
The Mennel Milling Company of VA – Roanoke and
Old Dominion Grain – West Point
U.S. Wheat Associates

Registration Sponsors
Dow AgroSciences
Dublin Farms Inc.
Independent Ag Equipment
Montague Farms

Exhibitor Sponsors
Koch Agronomic Services
P. Bradley & Sons
Riverland Insurers