The 2013 Virginia Ag Expo will be August 1st at Don Horsley’s Land of Promise Farms, Virginia Beach, VA. Horsley volunteered his operation about 18 months ago for the event, and he was selected because his operation is so diverse:
“We’re diverse; we raise corn, wheat and soybeans, and we have a hog operation, we raise show pigs, kind of specialize in that. And then we have a small herd of cattle…Angus cattle, and we have a pecan orchard, raise pecans, and then we have sweet corn. We have eight to ten acres of sweet corn we raise for harvest.”
Horsley explains that hosting a field day takes some advance planning:
“Well, we did a lot of plot planning for Virginia Tech, and for several of the seed companies. I think we have something like 40 varieties of corn, and close to 50 varieties of soybeans, I think. And we planted seed plots for, I think, four or five seed companies that wanted to have plots here on the farm.”
And Virginia Tech is also using part of the farm says Horsley:
“Then Virginia Tech planted some double-crop soybeans that they’re doing some experimental work on, you know, just that double-crop system. And they’re doing some fertilization work and whatever and fungicide work on those double-crop beans. Then the Virginia Tech Extension Station put in a small plot of cotton, and a small plot of grain sorghum.”
And for those that row crop farming may not be their interest, Horsley says there’s something for the gardeners:
“And the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners Program, because Virginia Beach is diverse in the produce production, they actually put in a model garden down here, and where they’ve got flowers and fruits and vegetables, there will be a stop there on the Expo tour also. Also, going to have a swine tour, one of the doctors from the experimental station is going to talk about the swine industry a little bit.”
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David Horsley of Land of Promise Farms.