Agricenter International will host the biggest field day in the Mid-South for commercial agricultural technology at the 2007 AgTechnology Field Day, Thursday, July 19, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fifteen leading agricultural companies will demonstrate their latest technology. Commercial agricultural providers of crop protectants, biotechnology, seed and crop services will showcase and discuss in-field research and development of new products and technology. Crop plots include corn, cotton, soybeans, alfalfa and rice.

Monsanto plans to introduce its new dicamba herbicide-tolerant soybean while Delta and Pine Land Co. will demonstrate new VIP bio-technology insect-tolerant cotton technology. Official variety trials will also be on display.

This year, there are four tours with three to four stops on each. Tours will run from 7 a.m. to noon, with lunch served from noon to 1 p.m. Tours will be followed by a speaker session on biofuel.

Biofuel production capacity is increasing rapidly in the United States, and is expected to play a major role in improving air quality and reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Hear how the biofuel revolution will affect agricultural producers in the coming years.

For more information on the field day, contact John Bradley, director of research, at jbradley@agricenter.org or (901) 757-7754.

The Agricenter is located in east Memphis on the corner of Walnut Grove Rd. and Germantown Parkway. It is easily accessible from I-240 and I-40.

From I-240, take Exit 13 (Walnut Grove Rd.) and travel east 4 miles. Entrance is to the right. From I-40, take Exit 16A (Germantown Parkway) and travel south 5 miles. Turn right on Timber Creek Drive and follow the signs to Agricenter International.

There are over 2,500 hotel rooms and numerous restaurants within 7 miles of Agricenter and the Memphis International Airport is just 17 miles away.

Participants for 2007 are BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, Delta and Pine Land, DuPont, Helena Chemical, Monsanto, United Agri Products, Stoneville, Syngenta, Helm Agro, Albugh Inc., EMD CropBioSciences, and Croplan/LandoLakes.

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