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Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day Sees Record Turnout

The Blacklands Farm Managers hosted their 43rd annual field day earlier this week in Beaufort County. Rod Gurganus, Extension Director of Beaufort County says it was one of the largest turnouts in most people’s memories:

“We were really surprised. We don’t have official numbers, but based on the plate count plus others we are about 375 people, the biggest we’ve ever had.”

And Gurganus attributes the ever growing attendance to farmer’s interest in continuing to grow more on the same or less acres:

“I think there is generally a lot of interest in agriculture now. Generally our tour topics were interesting to people, we had a lot of good speakers with good diverse content and that culminated in good attendance.”

Speaking of program, Gruganus outlines some of the talks offered on this year’s tour:

“We had talks about plant bugs on cotton; kudzu bugs are certainly high priority so we looked at them on soybeans as well. We had David Holhauser come down from Virginia Tech to talk about soybean seed spacing. Ron Heiniger from NC State talked about corn production and many aspects related to that. We had water management, weed control, soil science experts and many others.”  

And next year, we’ll do number 44 says Gurganus:

“Historically the day we shoot for is the first Wednesday of August. In 2014 it will be held in Washington County.”

Director of Beaufort County Extension Ron Gurganus. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.