Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Area growers can get a glimpse of new technologies and practices when they attend the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) Model Farm Series Field Day, Thursday, July 21, at the Dell-Cam Farm, Inc., in Wabbaseka, Arkansas. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at 16401 U.S. Hwy 79N, and the program begins at 8 a.m.
Dell-Cam Farm is one of five model farms on the 2016 NBGC tour. The field day will consist of designated stations to discuss the latest agricultural technologies and their combined usage with various U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. A scientist or expert along with a practicing farmer will be at each field day stop.
“Having the farmers present to validate the experts’ information is valuable,” said Dr. Dewayne Goldmon, one of the owners of Dell-Cam Farm. “They tell the rest of the story.”
The tours will be followed by a brief program and lunch at the S.J. Parker Extension Complex on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.
Several fields have been mapped using Pipe Planner, a free software program designed to help farmers create the most efficient irrigation system for their fields. The Irrigation and Water Management stop will include the use and demonstration of the program Pipe Planner, said Dr. Goldmon.
Among the other stops are:
- Soil health – residue management, precision soil sampling and fertilization,
- Soybean production – variety selection, weed control and seeding rates
- Corn production – hybrid selection, weed control and plant population
- Rice production and irrigation management
- Risk management and crop insurance options
- NRCS program usage and whole farm planning
Dr. Henry English, head of the UAPB Small Farm Program, suggests that row crop and vegetable growers interested in seeing what Pipe Planner can do and how to use it attend the field day. Pipe Planner distributors boast a 25 percent average reduction in water usage and a 25 percent average reduction in associated energy costs and reduced labor costs.
The S.J. Parker Extension Complex is located on the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road, off University Drive.