The 2020 VA Ag Expo has been cancelled. The Ag Expo committee with guidance from the Virginia Soybean Association and Virginia Grain Growers Association have made this difficult decision to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and guests as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be reaching out to each exhibitor and sponsor to discuss our next steps. We appreciate your support and look forward to 2021!
CANCELLED! Due to Virginia Tech’s response to COVID-19 and out of concern for everyone, we are cancelling all of these workshops. We will reschedule after field season in Nov. or Dec.
- Herbicide Resistance- What is it and how did we get here?
- Creating Effective Herbicide Plans
- Integrated Weed Management of Palmer amaranth, common ragweed, and horseweed/marestail
- Local Perspective on Weed Management
- Putting It All Together: Creating a Weed Management Plan
CCA credits will be offered
Free lunch to start or end the program!
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Extension office listed above or TDD* during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
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The 2020 Four Rivers Agricultural Conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Providence Forge Recreation Center: 9900 Carriage Rd, Providence Forge, 23140. This year’s conference will include pesticide certification training, several Specialists and Agents from Virginia Cooperative Extension that will cover a wide variety of topics, and others. In addition, you will be able to get your dicamba herbicide certification with training being offered by Don Cline of BASF. We look forward to seeing your there for a great day of learning and interaction with the experts. Lunch will be provided. Agenda detail are below.
Full Attendance to the conference has been approved for Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification in Category 90 and Commercial Categories 1A, 10, and 60. The conference has also been approved for 2.5 Virginia Nutrient Management CEU and 2.0 Contact hours for DCR Conservation Planner Re-Certification
9:00 Registration Opens/Meet with Vendors
9:35 Controlling your Drops highlighting dicamba and glyphosate– Laura Maxey-Nay, Hanover Ag Agent
10:00 Pesticide Training – droplet size/playdough- Ed Olsen, Henrico Ag Agent
10:30 Pesticide Legal Update – Robert Christian, VDACS
11:00 2nd round of registration for those not needing pesticide recertification credit
11:15 Dicamba Certification – Don Cline, BASF
12:15 Sponsored Lunch/Meet with Vendors
1:00 Agency updates
1:15 Grain Market Update- Robert Harper, Manager, Virginia Farm Bureau Grain Division
1:45 What I learned from Argentina Agriculture, pest control and nutrient management –Paul Davis
2:05 Corn Update and Hybrid Selection, Dr. Wade Thomason, Extension Grain Agronomist
2:35 Break (visit with sponsors)
2:50 Positioning Your Full-Season Soybean for Maximum Yields, Dr. David Holshouser, Extension Soybean Agronomist
3:20 Making insect management decisions now by purchasing seed for next season, Sally Taylor, Extension Grain Entomologist
3:50 Nematode Panel, various specialists will discuss current nematode control practices.
4:50 Adjourn and paperwork
The 2020 Tri-County Crop Production Conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Carson Volunteer Fire Department on 19806 Halifax Rd in Carson, VA. This year’s conference will host several Specialists from Virginia Tech that will cover a wide variety of topics. In addition, you will be able to get your dicamba herbicide certification with training being offered by Don Cline of BASF. We look forward to seeing your there for a great day of learning and interaction with the experts. Lunch will be provided. Agenda detail are below.
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and Announcements
9:05 – 9:40 Positioning Your Full-Season Soybean for Maximum Yields– Dr. David Holshouser
There are many things we can do to increase full-season soybean yield, but decisions made before planting are the most important. This presentation will focus on site-specifically positioning your crop to best take advantage of the limiting resources of water, light, and nutrients.
9:40-10:20 Plant disease management – Dr. David Langston
Nematode and disease interaction issues in soybeans. Update on fungicide and seed treatments available for corn and soybeans. Common diseases occurring in 2019.
10:40 – 11:10 Update on insect pest management – Dr. Sally Taylor
Review of major insect pests in 2019. Recommendations for preparing for 2020, scouting tips to use throughout the season, and updates on insecticides available for use.
11:10 – 11:40 Small Grain and Corn Update – Dr. Wade Thomason
Review of the latest research in corn and small grain production in Virginia.
11:40 – 12:00 Getting Started with Irrigation and Irrigation Survey – Dr. Julie Shortridge
Irrigation is not used on a wide scale in Virginia. This presentation will introduce our new water specialist and a irrigation survey for growers.
12:00 -12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 Pesticides in VA update – Robert Christian, VDACS
Update on federal record keeping and worker protection standard. Additional information on changes in pesticide labeling for VA. PPE review for commonly used pesticides. Changes to paraquat labeling, handling, and training.
1:15 – 1:35 Weed control update – Scott Reiter
Roundup resistant common ragweed is common in our soybean cropping systems. There are also 4 different herbicide technology systems in play for the 2020 season. We will cover the options available and the stewardship needed to keep the herbicides on the target crops.
1:35 – 1:55 Cover crops – Mike Parrish
Cover crops have many uses in our production systems. Soil erosion control, soil health properties, weed control, and moisture retention. Presentation will cover results from local cover crop plots and impact on these properties.
1:55 – 3:00 On Target Academy – Don Cline, BASF
This session will cover the required training for using dicamba herbicide in post-emerge applications to Xtend soybeans and cotton. Applicator & recordkeeping requirements, nozzle selection and technology, buffer requirements, weather conditions, and tank mix additives will be explained in detail
Full Attendance to the conference has been approved for Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification in Commercial Categories 1A, 10, and 60.
The Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (EVAREC) Soybean Field Day is this Tuesday, Sept. 24. The field day begins at 8:45 am and tours will begin promptly at 9:00 am. There are a number of different topics to be discussed, all supported by the Virginia Soybean Checkoff. The 2019 full-season soybean variety test will also be available for viewing. Lunch will be served by Nixon’s Catering. We look forward to seeing you there.
The EVARE is located at 2229 Menokin Road, Warsaw, VA 22572. For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Oakes, EVAREC Superintendent at 804-333-3485.
Group 1 Field Tour Schedule
- 8:45 – Welcome & Introductions; Load Trailers to ACR 2
- 9:00-9:20 – Integrated Pest Management Approach for Soybean
- Dr. Sally Taylor
- 9:25-9:45 – Food
Grade Soybean Breeding
- Mr. Nick Lord
- 9:45 – Load Trailers to Y1
- 9:55-10:15 – The
Best Maturity Group for Your Farm
- Dr. David Holshouser
- 10:15-10:30 – The
Use of UAV in Crop Research and Production
- Dr. Joseph Oakes
- 10:35-10:55 –
Roundup-Ready and Conventional Soybean Breeding
- Dr. Bo Zhang
- 11:00-11:20 – Weed
Management in Soybean
- Dr. Michael Flessner
- 11:20 – Walk to Seed Lab
Program & Speakers in the Seed Lab
- 11:40 – Begin
- Dr. John Fike: VT Forage Extension Specialist – Hemp Production
- Dr. Mike Evans: VT School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
- 12:00 – Lunch is Served: Nixon’s Catering
Thank You to Our Field Day Sponsors!
Crabbe Aviation Ryan Ellis
Frazier Quarries UniSouth Genetics
James River Equipment Virginia Crop Improv. Assoc.
The Virginia Ag Expo is the largest agricultural field day held in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an educational, marketing and social event, farmers and agribusiness look forward to the Virginia Ag Expo each year. This year’s event will be held at Charity Hill Farm in Ruther Glen, VA on August 1st.
Charity Hill Farm is an 800-acre farm owned and operated by The Smith Family in Caroline County. Its active members are Steve and Cindy Smith and their son Chris. The farm has been in the Smith family for six generations and is a certified Virginia Century Farm. Originally known as Smith Dairy Farm, the dairy cows were sold in 2006, and the operation began its transition to beef cattle with the help of the Smith’s daughter, Kendal, who is now a large animal veterinarian in Nebraska. Over the last 8 years, the Smiths have focused on growing and perfecting their 200 head beef herd, and Chris began retailing their BQA Certified, USDA inspected beef directly to the consumer in 2017. The Smiths additionally farm 1,200 acres of grain crops in Caroline and Spotsylvania counties, 150 acres of hay and 55 acres of managed timber. Agritourism events are also hosted at Charity Hill, and they work to promote conservation initiatives. The Smiths are proud to have won the 2010 Hanover/Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District and York River Basin Clean Water Farm Awards.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Ag Expo by Virginia food vendors. Attendees will be able to eat any time from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
Over 150 exhibitors and sponsors will have on display all of the most up to date equipment, goods and services for agricultural producers and property owners no matter how large or small. Field tours will also be presented by many of Virginia’s top agricultural researchers, Extension Agents, and NRCS personnel.
The Virginia Ag Expo is sponsored by the Virginia Grains Producers Association and the Virginia Soybean Association, in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.
Location: Charity Hill Farm, 9482 Golansville Rd, Ruther Glen, VA 22546
A series of half-day workshops will be held in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia this winter for farmers interested in learning about the problems of herbicide resistant weeds and how to manage them. Hosted by University of Maryland Extension in collaboration with Virginia Tech and University of Delaware, these workshops are designed to equip farmers with the knowledge to improve weed control on their farms.
Farmers in the mid-Atlantic area are starting to see the impact of herbicide resistant weeds on their crop yields. With many problematic weeds now found throughout the region it is essential that farmers learn the key management strategies to control these weeds.
Sessions will cover integrated weed management tactics; palmer amaranth, common ragweed and marestail control strategies; and developing a weed management plan. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be provided. Pesticide (commercial and private) and CCA continuing education credits will be offered.
Workshop locations and times are listed below. Please RSVP to the respective meeting location to provide an accurate meal count.
February 25th (12 pm to 5 pm) Old Beale Sanctuary, 369 Queen Street,Tappahannock, VA 22560
To register call the Essex County Extension Office: at (804) 443-3551
February 26th (8 am to 1 pm) St. Mary’s County UME Office, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To register call the St. Mary’s County UME Office at 301-475- 4484
March 4th (8 am to 1 pm) Harrington Volunteer Fire Company, 20 Clark St, Harrington, DE 19952. To register call the UD Carvel REC, at 302-856-2585 (ext 540)
March 5th (8 am to 1 pm) Somerset Extension Office, 30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne, MD 21853. To register call the Somerset County Extension Office at 410- 651-1350
March 6th (8 am to 1 pm) Frederick County UME Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 20712. To register, call the Frederick County UME Office at 301-600- 3576
March 7th (8 am to 1 pm) Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Maple Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620. To register call the Kent County UME Office at 410-778- 1661
For more information contact Ben Beale at 301-475-4481, Michael Flessner at 540-315-2954, Matt Morris at 301-600-3578 or Mark VanGessel at 302-856-7303.
You are invited to attend the 2018 Natural Resources Conservation Service/Virginia Cooperative Extension Cover Crop Training on Thursday, April 12, 2018 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm) at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (6321 Holland Rd., Suffolk, VA). The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided–please RSVP to Gail White (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 5 so that she can get a head count for lunch. Here is the agenda: Final Agenda_April 12 2018
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 757-657-6450 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
On behalf of both the Virginia Soybean and Virginia Grain Producers Associations, I invite you to join me for the 2018 Virginia Grain and Soybean Annual Conference on February 20-21, 2018. The conference will span two days and is being held at the Richmond Westin Hotel to provide a convenient, comfortable and inviting environment for attendees and their families. In response to increased interest, this year the conference will have a greatly expanded exhibit hall providing a larger and more prominent space for exhibitors and attendees to network.
Continuing to honor your requests that we not include information that you received at the county and regional meetings, we continue to include exciting, innovative, and largely non-production oriented speakers. Furthermore, following the success of last year’s two-day program, the conference has added even more breakout topics, speakers, and programming to help you run a strong, profitable operation. The program will feature keynote speakers and topics certain to bring value to your operation, including: Smithfield Foods’ Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer Dhamu Thamodaran; The Port of Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Area Manager Kara Matzko; and FBI Counterintelligence Training Center Special Agents Mark Betten and Matthew Seckers discussing the topic of intellectual property security and the agriculture industry.
As always, your registration includes all meals including a full dinner that will follow the networking reception Tuesday evening, giving you additional time to network and spend time with colleagues and speakers.
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What’s on the Agenda?
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10:30am Registration & Exhibitor Trade Show Opens
11:30am Lunch Buffet Opens
12:00pm Lunch & Commodity Market Speaker
Robert Harper, Grain Division Manager, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
1:00pm Breakout Sessions – Choose One
Weed & Pest Management in Grain & Soybeans
Charlie Cahoon & Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech
Soil Health Strategies for Increased Yields
Chris Lawrence, NRCS Cropland Agronomist & Dr. Mark Reiter, Eastern Shore AREC
Opportunities & Challenges on the Horizon
Dicamba Update from Monsanto
Rapeseed & Organic Opportunities for a Profitable Rotation, Jeff riddell, Perdue AgriBusiness
2:15pm Break & Visit with Exhibitors
2:30pm Breakout Session Repeated – Choose One
3:45pm Break & Visit with Exhibitors
4:00pm Globalization of Agriculture & Commodities
Dhamu Thamodaran, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer of Smithfield Foods
5:00pm Reception & Networking in the Exhibit Hall
6:00pm Awards Dinner
This includes corn and soybean yield contest winner presentations. Although we did not break Keith Brankley’s 2012 Virginia record of 109 bushels per acre, we did induct 3 new members into the 100-bushel club, 3 new members into the 90-bushel club, and 4 new members into the 80-bushel club. Of course David Hula and other corn farmers continue to break yield records in that crop – the number of winners is too large to list in this small space.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:30am Breakfast Buffet Opens
8:00am Annual Meetings, Elections, and Reports
8:30am Updates from Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Bettina Ring
Break & Visit with Exhibitors
10:00am Managing Security Risks in Agricultural Trade
Special Agent Matthew Seckers, FBI, Richmond Division and Special Agent Mark Betten, Unit Chief for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Training Center, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA
11:00am The Agriculture Industry and the Port of Virginia: Growing New Markets
Kara Matzko, Mid-Atlantic Area Manager, Port of Virginia
12:00pm Dicamba Training & Certification Lunchon
Chelsea Valenti, BASF Crop Protection
Where Can I Stay?
We have reserved a room block at the Richmond Westin at the discounted price of $129 per night. Reservations must be made on or before February 6, 2018 by calling 1-888-627-7786. Reference the “Grain & Soybean Annual Conference” rate. You may also visit: