Virtual Field Day Makes Agricultural Demonstrations Accessible

Virtual Field Day Makes Agricultural Demonstrations Accessible

Media Contact: Julia Stanford, jstanford@northplainsgcd.org or 806-935-6401

In a typical growing season, late summer is the time that research and demonstration farms host a mid-season field day to show off the crop’s progress to visitors spending a day onsite. In an effort to make this content more easily accessible to busy growers, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is bringing the information to you in a Virtual Field Day, available now at www.northplainsgcd.org/virtualfieldday.

Demonstrations taking place at the North Plains Water Conservation Center include population trials for corn and cotton, a comparison of center pivot to subsurface drip irrigation (SDI), irrigation management for a corn/cotton rotation, fertilizer management, and several soil health principles. See the crop progress and learn about the goals for these demonstrations by viewing the Virtual Field Day videos of your choice. The Virtual Field Day series can be seen at www.northplainsgcd.org/virtualfieldday or on our YouTube channel. No more driving long distances or arranging for coverage of farm and family obligations – you can watch the Virtual Field Day videos day or night, from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have internet access. If it’s not convenient to watch the videos, you might enjoy listening to the audio while driving. Each video has a specific topic, so viewers can watch all videos or choose select clips that interest them.

“We wanted to offer this information in a convenient way, based upon feedback from the board of directors, advisory committees, and the community. We’re eager to receive any feedback on this new outreach program,” said Steve Walthour, General Manager of North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

Presenters for the Virtual Field Day are available for any questions regarding the demonstrations. North Plains Groundwater Conservation District’s agricultural- consultant, Nich Kenny, can be reached at nich_kenny@hotmail.com or by phone at 480-980-3592. Dr. Jourdan Bell, Regional Agronomist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service can be reached at Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu or by phone at 806-677-5663. Tours of the demonstration plots at the North Plains Water Conservation Center are available by request – simply call the district office at 806-935-6401 and speak with Kirk Welch to schedule a field walk.

For more information about North Plains Groundwater Conservation District’s innovative agricultural water conservation demonstrations, please visit www.northplainsgcd.org and stay updated on the latest news by following the district on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.