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Sunbelt Expo, day II

October 17, 2007

Moultrie -- With more 1200 exhibitors, there is a lot to see at the Expo. Inside many of the permanent structures, there are hundreds of displays, from how to raise catfish to more information on Georgia's drought situation.

Attendance numbers climb as the Sunbelt Ag Expo hits its busiest day.  Nearly 75,000 exhibitors and guests turned out for the first day of the Expo, Tuesday.

Between exhibitors and guests Wednesday's crowd is estimated to be around 125,500. Many school groups, along with 4-H clubs came out to experience the expo today. Organizers say they're on target to reach an estimated total of 200,000 people participating in the expo over the entire three days.

Precision seems to be a key phrase whether it's using Global Positioning Satellites to lay out your fields to getting the seeds in the ground.

 "Within an inch of where you need to be in the field and due to our RTK network that we have over south Georgia, actually all of Georgia, at this point we cover close to nine million acres in the state of Georgia," said Trimble's  Brian Kelley.

"We focus on making sure every seed that's put into the ground is returning its highest yield potential," said Doug Wiegand of Precision Planting.

Many of the displays are also high tech. Massey Ferguson's display is complete with computers to register online and a studio set up to talk about what you like best about specific agricultural products that could end up on You Tube.

That's just a small taste of what's happening at this year's expo. There's also animals, fencing, irrigation systems, every type of tractor you can imagine, the list just goes on and on.

Thursday is your last chance to catch a glimpse of all expo has to offer. Activities run from 8:30 to 4:00.

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