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Geneva County Holds Field Demonstration

By: Zachry Adams, NRCS Soil Conservationist, Geneva, AL

 

State Conservationist, Dr. Bill Pucket, with producers
NRCS State Conservationist Dr. Bill Puckett (c) visits with producers attending a field demonstration in Geneva County.

 

The 3rd annual Geneva County Field Demonstration for vegetable and fruit production took place on March 9, 2010, behind the USDA Service Center in Geneva, AL. The event was well attended with almost 60 people from Geneva and surrounding counties.

W.M. Donnell, Chairman of the Geneva County SWCD, welcomed everyone to the demonstration. Representatives from NRCS and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) informed the local producers about USDA programs and eligibility. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) presented information on irrigation, fertility, and best practices for producing fruits and vegetables on plastic.

Geneva County producers Frank Petty and Kelley Farms demonstrated the proper laying of plastic for crop production with the Raised Bed Mulch Layer (plasticulture). The machine to lay the plastic is owned by the Geneva County SWCD and is available to rent. In addition the district also has a plastic mulch remover and a transplanter available to rent.

The day concluded with the demonstration of two exciting new EQIP practices drawing heightened interest from across the state. Earl Snell from Ozark brought a high tunnel house used for crop production and set up behind the Service Center to demonstrate the advantages and usefulness of extending the growing season. Ted Vignola from Time Limited Forestry, Inc. brought a feral hog trap to demonstrate the proper procedure for capturing and eradicating the feral hog problem that is causing tremendous damage across the state of Alabama and particularly in Southeast Alabama.

The field day was termed a tremendous success by everyone in attendance and was made possible by the hard work of the Geneva County SWCD, NRCS, ACES and the presenters and farmers who volunteered their time.

All equipment used for vegetable and fruit production on display can be rented from the district by calling 334-684-2235 ext. 3.