FREDERICKTOWN — The third annual Agriculture Field Day will be held at the Skip and Beverly Edwards Farm on Dean Road near Fredericktown. Guests will include Charles Herbster, owner and chief executive officer of Conklin Co.; Neal Lang, marketing specialist for AgroAdvantage; and Jerry Cox, National Corn Growers Association yield winner.
Skip Edwards has been farming just about all his life. A native of Mount Vernon, his father was a plumber and he went to St.Vincent school.
“Actually I have been farming for 40-some years,” he said. “I started farming here about 40 years ago. This is my wife’s home place. I always wanted to farm.
“This farm is my wife’s home place, like I said, and it has been in her family for almost 200 years,” Edwards said. “We talked about making this a Century Farm. But it was a lot of paperwork.”
The event is a chance for farmers to get together and learn about new developments in farming technique and specifically to find out about Conklin Co. agricutural products.
Barkschat said the main purpose of the field day is to show people what their products can do.
Edwards has a test plot of corn using Conklin products.
“It’s doing very well,” Barkschat said. “We’ve been blessed this year with the rain. Last year it was a different story.”
Art Walkden of Conklin also explained some of the reasons for the field day.
“The purpose is also to show farmers some opportunities to save some money and increase their yields,” he said. “And to show them a more precision way of farming. This is precision farming and today’s margins are not there. The price of corn is down and so cost per yield needs to be better. So it’s an opportunity for Conklin to get the word out.
Field Day 2009 will be held Aug. 28 at the Edwards farm, 15522 Dean Road near Fredericktown. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the field tour begins at 10.
To RSVP call Walkden at 504-2768, Daniel Miller at 404-3390 or Barkschat at 504-2859.