2016 Virginia Small Grains Field Day Draws Record Crowd and Showcased the Latest Varieties and
Tools for Continued Success
The Virginia Grain Producers Association, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Virginia Small Grains Checkoff Board were proud to host the 2016 Virginia Small Grains Field Day. This year's field day was held at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research & Extension Center (AREC.) The AREC has been located in Warsaw since 1950, and focuses on breeding, variety testing, and cultural practices for corn, small grains and soybeans. Today the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center is home base for the soybean breeding project and the center for small grain field research - making it the perfect location for the Field Day.
Over 225 members of the Virginia agriculture industry gathered for the annual event and enjoyed field plot tours by some of Virginia's top agriculture researchers, including: Wheat & Barley Varieties; Date of Planting Study; Nitrogen Use Efficiency Study; A Presentation from Tranlin; an Exciting Demo of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Research; and a special malt barley tour.
Dr. Saied Mostaghimi, Director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, and Dr. Maru Kering, Assistant Professor at Virginia State University, kicked off the program with remarks on the research currently in progress at their respective universities, and the opportunities available for Virginia's students.
Bob Waring with DCR, and Robert Norris with NRCS, presented a tag-team overview of the precision agriculture resources and cost-share programs available from their organizations, and an overview of the increasingly important role of precision agriculture tools on the modern farm.
Phillip Browning, Manager of the VCIA Foundation Seed Farm, spoke to the crowd about the latest updates from his organization and detailed some of the varieties available through VCIA.
The program was rounded out with a very special awards presentation by Katie Frazier, President of the Virginia Agribusiness Council. The Land Grant University Awards was present to Bob Pitman, Superintendent of the Eastern Virginia AREC. Bob's important contributions to the agriculture industry have spanned over many years, and include several decades of service to VGPA where we served as our Board Secretary. The second award was presented to Bruce Beahm, retired Manager of the Virginia Crop Improvement Foundation Seed Farm. Bruce's countless contributions to VCIA and the agriculture industry have been my critical in the development of Virginia varieties. Both Bob and Bruce are exemplary of kind of dedicated, hardworking people that make Virginia agriculture a success - VGPA sends our congratulations and gratitude to you both.
The day wrapped up with a barbecue luncheon and an opportunity for producers to network with their colleagues and exhibitors, and discuss the field tours and topics with the day's presenters.
The annual Virginia Small Grains Field Day offers grain producers and agribusinesses a unique opportunity to hear from industry experts and serves as 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 Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Eastern Virginia AREC for their hospitality and to the Virginia Small Grains Board and all our sponsors whom made the 2016 Virginia Small Grains Field Day such a success.
Thank You to Our Small Grains Field Day Sponsors
-Loudoun County Economic Development
-The Mennel Milling Co. of VA Inc. & Old Dominion Grain a div. of The Mennel Milling Co. of VA Inc.
-Ag Risk by Weller & Associates, Inc.
-FMC Agricultural Products
-Perdue AgriBusiness LLC
-Virginia Crop Improvement Association
-First Bank & Trust Company
-Southern States Cooperative
-U.S. Wheat Associates
-Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
-Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
-Bill & Cindy Barnett
-Eddie Mercer Agri-Services, Inc.
-Farm Service Agency
-MB Grain Smithfield
-P. Bradley & Sons
-Timac AGRO USA
-Virginia Cooperative Extension Loudoun
-Walls Irrigation, Inc.