Pee Dee Farm to host Field Day September 10

The Pee Dee Farm Field Day will be held Thursday, September 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Rd., Florence. (GPS Address: 2200 Pocket Rd., Darlington, SC)
This event features: two tours of row crop production with presentations by 18 Clemson University and USDA specialists, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV/drone) demonstration, vendors, and 2 recertification credits for SC licensed pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs).

• Tour 1 includes Soybeans, Grain Sorghum, UAV/drone demo & Peanuts.
• Tour 2 includes Bioenergy crops, Sorghum, Cotton, Weed Management, Rainfall Simulator, Vegetable & Feral Hog Demo.
• Both tours will run simultaneously and are repeated, allowing visitors to participate in both tours.

Sponsored by: ArborOne Farm Credit, Bayer CropScience, Birdsong Peanuts, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto, New Holland Agriculture, Planters ®, Southern States Cooperative, South Carolina Farm Bureau, South Carolina Peanut Board, South Carolina Soybean Board, Valent USA and Wake Stone Corporation.
For more information about the PDREC Field Day, please contact Mandy Cribb Stephan at 843-519-0465 or 843-662-3526 ext. 263.

Waste Pesticide Collection Event:
On the same day as the Pee Dee Farm Field Day, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is partnering with Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center (PDREC) to accept unwanted or unused pesticides on September 10 from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. For more details on this free collection event, please see the attached flyer. Pesticides may be dropped off without attending the field day activities. For more information regarding pesticide collection, contact SCDA Consumer Services Director John Stokes at 803-737-9696.
Vegetable Growers Meeting:
Also on the same day as Pee Dee Fall Farm Field Day, there will be a vegetable growers meeting to discuss growing winter vegetables. Starting after lunch, from 2:00– 4:00 pm, we will meet with Extension Commercial Horticulture Agents at the vegetable plots along the main entrance road. Topics to be covered include butterbean/pea production, irrigation installation/use, fertilization and the use of cover crops, strip-till and no-till for vegetables. Afterward, we will move to Room 266 of the Pitner Center at PDREC to discuss scouting for disease/insects, harvesting and packaging. Attached is a flyer with this information as a printer-friendly .pdf file. For more information about the vegetable meeting, please contact Tony Melton at 843-661-4800 ext. 112 or Justin Ballew at 803-206-1538.

Author: Duane Childers

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