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Virginia Tech to host Precision Agriculture Day at Kentland Farm Oct. 12

Participants of Virginia Tech's Precision Agriculture Day will learn about the benefits of precision technology on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm.

Participants of Virginia Tech’s Precision Agriculture Day will learn about the benefits of precision technology on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm.

Virginia Tech will host Precision Agriculture Day on Oct. 12 at Kentland Farm in Blacksburg from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to get answers to common questions about the benefits of precision agriculture and learn how they can establish cost-effective technologies on their farms.

Precision agriculture is becoming increasingly utilized — and economical — in recent years as producers use technology, such as iPads, GPS, and variable rate equipment, to increase yields and inform management decisions.

Registration information for the event, which costs $10, can be found online. Kentland Farm is about eight minutes from the Virginia Tech campus at 5250 Whitethorne Road.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension to showcase research and new technology at the Virginia Ag Expo

farmers on a field tour stop looking at a poster.

Ames Herbert, Extension specialist and professor of entomology at Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center, discusses how to combat pests. Ag Expo will feature demonstration plots where visitors can see technologies being developed to increase yield and get information about techniques to control pests.

The Virginia Ag Expo, the state’s largest annual agricultural field day, will take place Aug. 6 at Brooke Farms in Locust Grove, Virginia.  The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a joint project of the Virginia Grain Producers Association and the Virginia Soybean Association and is being held in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

“Events such as the Ag Expo help us fulfill our land-grant mission to teach and inform our constituents,” said Bobby Grisso, associate director of agriculture and natural resources for Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Ag Expo provides an ideal opportunity to highlight the latest technology in crop production and current research findings from faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.”

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