Let the farm shows begin!

Melissa SandfortGeneral

The annual Virginia Ag Expo will be held Aug. 8, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Renwood Farms in Charles City County. The annual event is the largest agricultural field day held in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Renwood Farms is a large grain and seed processing farm located on the James River, not far upstream from the historic Jamestown settlement, which celebrated its 400 birthday this year.

Growers will have an opportunity to view the 2007 Virginia on-farm corn and soybean test plots. There will be corn and soybean seeding rate plots, corn and soybean weed control plots, seed treatment and fungicide plots.

Participants will be able to go from exhibit to exhibit and visit with the various exhibitors at their own pace.

ipmlogo01.gifThe theme for this year’s Expo is “400 years of American Agriculture”.

In addition to the many exhibits, and things to see on this operation, field plots will highlight corn and soybean varieties, plant population/density research, corn response to nitrogen, and antique corn varieties.

Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the 2007 Expo. Rick Tolman CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and senior leadership of the American Soybean Association will also be on the program.

A large outdoor exhibit area will give farmers an opportunity to see the latest farm equipment and products and provide an arena for visiting with industry leaders during the Expo.

There is a $10 registration fee which includes a barbecue lunch, snow cones and beverages. For ticket information and directions to Renwood Farms contact John Smith (johnwsmth@aol.com) or Molly Pugh (mollypugh@cox.net).

The 2007 Virginia Ag Expo is a joint project of the Virginia Corn Growers Association, the Virginia Soybean Association and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

Information/story courtesy of Southeast Farm Press.