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Do you have a taste for some good ole' south Georgia watermelon? You might have to wait a little bit. Farmers are running about three weeks behind after some crazy spring weather made this one of theirMore >>
Do you have a taste for some good ole' south Georgia watermelon? You might have to wait a little bit.More >>
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South Georgia Medical Center is recognized as the number one spine surgery center in the state. Wednesday health officials gathered at the Valdosta hospital for a ceremony to celebrate the recognitionMore >>
South Georgia Medical Center is recognized as the number one spine surgery center in the state. More >>
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A Colquitt County grand jury has indicted two men in a deadly drive by shooting. 23-year-old Derek Rushing and 24-year-old Antonio Williams are charged in the March 5th shooting in which four peopleMore >>
23-year-old Derek Rushing and 24-year-old Antonio Williams are charged in the March 5th shooting in which four people were struck while standing outside a 2nd Street Northwest home. More >>
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We are learning new details about the man who was rescued Tuesday in Ocilla after he became trapped a top of a grain elevator. 36-year-old John Collins of Fitzgerald was repairing a motor one hundredMore >>
36-year-old John Collins of Fitzgerald was repairing a motor one hundred feet a top the grain elevator at Irwinville Peanut when his arm got pinned in the machinery. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:31:17 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie. More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Agriculture is going digital. And farmers who toured 600 acres of research farmland on Spense Field in Moultire saw firsthand how this technology can help them conserve water and fuel.
"Farmers from throughout the region can see this technology and see how it might fit into their operation," said Executive Director, Chip Blaylock. A new Irrigator Pro system has been developed for cotton and corn fields using moisture sensors planted in the ground at eight, 16 and 24 inch depths.
"When you have a rainfall event, we can know for sure how long that moisture is staying in the ground and how deep it actually went instead of just taking a guess," said Technology Transfers Specialist with the National Peanut Research Laboratory, Staci Ingrem. "So you know what is going on out there in the fields."
These readings tell farmers how often they need to irrigate to prevent over-watering. And using the newer irrigation system models will allow them to water fields using less pressure. "If you cut your pressure in half, you cut your operating cost in half," said Doyle Medders of Medders Irrigation, LLC.
With irrigation systems also going digital, farmers can spend less time in the fields because they can access their systems from cell phones or anything allowing them internet access. "At that time you made circles in the field, and you go hands on to start and stop. And today you are doing this from miles away with communication," said Medders.
"These are the sort of things that you may make one trip across the field when you used to make four or five trips across the field," said Colquitt farmer, Louie Perry.
Precision farming is also help improve the efficiency of their fields. "We plant straighter rows which is all powered by GPS giving us more rows to the acre. And we are getting more seed to the ground," said Blaylock.
Which will in turn increase production at a time where rising diesel and fertilizer costs are hitting farmers hard. The Sunbelt Ag Expo is set for October 14th through the 16th.