REGIONAL TOURS GIVE FARMERS A FUTURISTIC LOOK AT PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE
Regional crops tours were held in opposite ends of the state earlier this month, but both provided farmers with important information about increased potential profits for their farms.
|Blount County farmer Jimmy Miller, left, discusses the cotton crop at a farm on the north Alabama crops tour with State Rep. Richard Lindsey, D-Centre, right, and Lindsey's son, Rich Lindsey, who are farmers in Cherokee County.|
The first tour was held Aug. 9 in southwest Alabama and was attended by about 75 participants. It featured stops at various peanut and cotton farms in Baldwin County as well as a tour of the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center.
The north Alabama tour was held Aug. 18 and was attended by 120 farmers. That tour featured stops at the Tennessee Valley Research & Extension Center.
Both regional tours provided demonstrations and information on conservation tillage and precision agriculture. Both tours were paid for with checkoff funds from the Alabama Soybean Producers, Alabama Wheat & Feed Grains Producers and Alabama Cotton Commission. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, USDA and the Agricultural Research Service also helped with the tours.
"These tours provide producers a futuristic look at farm equipment and practices that they may be able to implement on their farms," said Buddy Adamson, director of the Federation's Cotton Division and Wheat & Feed Grains Division. "The research and extension centers are on the cutting edge and they provide real-life examples of production agriculture through research plots so that farmers can see what works and sometimes what doesn't work. Then if the research holds promise, it's carried on to farms for test plots there."