It was a great day for field work on Virginia’s eastern shore last week, but about 150 producers and extension specialist took time out for a Small Grains Field Day near Painter, Virginia. Virginia Grain Producers Association hosted the event, and President Bryan Taliaferro Jr. Montague Farms in Essex County, Virginia chatted with me about this event, and another coming up later in the summer:

“Everybody wants to come and hear about the latest technology and research, but then there is field work to be done so sometimes you are torn. I’m sure there are some folks who would have liked to have come but have some pressing work at home.

 Today we are showing off some new technologies. We are looking at a Greenseeker, which makes more efficient use of nitrogen application. Overall we are excited about the program we have here.

We have another even coming up later in the summer. On Aug 1 we have the Virginia Ag Expo in Virginia Beach. There will be a large number of exhibitors to display their technologies for educational purposes and then there will be exposure of the research that has been sponsored by the check off programs for corn and small grains and soybeans. All will be available for viewing and learning at the Ag Expo.”

Actually, there’s two events coming up later in the summer; the Eastern Shore Agricultural, Research & Education Center will be hosting an all-crop field day on August 8th at their facility near Painter, Virginia, in addition to the Virginia Ag Expo on the first across the bridge in Virginia Beach.

Bryan Taliaferro Jr., President of the Virginia Small Grains Association.

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