Area growers can get a glimpse of new technologies and practices at the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) Model Farm Series Field Day at the Dell-Cam Farm Inc. at Altheimer.
The event will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 18. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at 556 Elm Rose Lane (16401 U.S. 79N), according to a news release.
At 11:30 a.m., participants will attend a brief program and lunch at the S.J. Parker Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road at Pine Bluff.
“The field day will be hosted by Dr. Dewayne Goldmon, owner of Dell-Cam Farm and 2019 Jefferson County Farmer of the Year,” said Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program. “Dr. Goldman is a longtime partner with UAPB and is a past member of the advisory board for the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. He and his wife, Debra, were recently named 2019 Southeast District Farm Family of the Year.”
Dell-Cam Farm is one of four model farms on the 2019 NBGC tour. The field day will consist of designated stations where the latest agricultural technologies and their combined usage with various U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs will be discussed. A scientist or expert and a practicing farmer will be at each field day station stop, according to the release.
Several products from the agricultural industry will be featured, including corn hybrids, soybean varieties, herbicide programs in corn, rice and soybean, irrigation technologies, precision agriculture, integrated pest management and management of natural resources.
USDA agency representatives will be on hand to demonstrate use of their programs. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host workshops on the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency will provide updates on their programs.
Field day sponsors include Bayer Crop Sciences, Farm Credit Services, FMC, Syngenta, Corteva, Bunge, Great American Insurance Company, John Deere (Greenway Equipment), Case IH (Heritage Agriculture of Arkansas), and Delta Plastics.
“The field day will provide Arkansas growers the opportunity to learn about new technologies and share best practices with row crop growers from across the southeastern United States,” Goldmon said.
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