Sunbelt Ag Expo-October 2010


| 12/16/2010 2:27:11 PM


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You’ve heard the old song, “Georgia On My Mind”? Well that’s sort of the theme here. Heading to the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., for my first time to the southern state with my colleagues and Ogden ad reps, Sheila and Denise (Mother Earth News & GRIT), we landed in Jacksonville, Fla. From there we took a few minutes to dip our toes in the ocean on the beach in Jacksonville then made our way to Moultrie, Ga.  

The show was held October 19-21, 2010 at Spence Field with a 100 acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. There were more than 1,200 commercial exhibitors. I heard the show brings in $16 million to the area. In addition to the static exhibits, visitors can attend educational, entertaining seminars and demonstrations in a variety of specialized areas. There were even aquaculture exhibits with fish filleting demos, pond management seminars and an expert angler on hand with fishing tips. (I loved the car)

 Fish Farm Car at the Sunbelt Ag Expo 
Fish Farm Car at the Sunbelt Ag Expo
 

I took the shuttle out to the field demos and got to watch various hay rakes and balers, cotton combines and peanut harvesting in action. Sure was different from the equipment I am used to seeing in Kansas!

  Hay Rake 
Hay rake
 
  Cotton combining 
Cotton combining
 
  Peanut combine 
Peanut combine
 

Speaking of peanuts, we frequented the Peanut Growers booth and if you timed it just right, you could grab a hot, freshly grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich! And we tried all kinds of peanuts, from salted, in the shell, Cajun, spicy boiled, boiled. They even had peanut flour. (I kind of sound like Bubba talking about shrimp in Forrest Gump!)

There is a special area on the grounds to display antique tractors and an antique tractor parade during the show.

Tractor parade 

I saw Jerry Volk’s collection of antique ice cream freezers; he was featured in an article in the May 2009 Farm Collector.