NC Farmer Participates in Producer Information Exchange Tour

Rickie Leggett was one of several farmers from the mid-Atlantic on this year’s Producer Information Exchange tour, or PIE tour to the Gulf Coast region. Leggett, who farms cotton and peanuts near Windsor, NC was thrilled with all the different things he got to see:

“We got a chance to see things that we never would have seen otherwise. We got to see how they load the barges out and all of the work that is being done there. We toured Mississippi State University and visited Staple Cotton. Bayer Crop Science and many others.”

National Cotton Council along with Bayer CropScience sponsor the annual tour. Leggett explains while they were the visitors, the information exchange went both ways:

“We would spend the whole afternoon with a farmer and ask a lot of questions to each other.”

As far as differences in production practices, irrigation methods was one thing that Leggett noticed right away:

“The furrow irrigation is something that they do out there that’s never really been tried here. The farmers were asking us a lot about what we were doing with different crops and things like plant bugs and how we handle them.”

Leggett explains that the Gulf Coast farmers also had questions about mid-Atlantic production practices:

“Fertilize and Lyme requirements were things they were interested in as well as the type of cotton we plant. They didn’t know much about peanuts and had some interest in that.”

But as far as learning things from the coastal farmers and bringing those practices home, Leggett says that could be tough:

“The land is different so I’m not sure any of the practices that we could apply here, but it was good to see how they apply practices to solve problems. They are really ahead in technology and they have a lot of young farmers out there changing the way things are done.”


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