MISSISSIPPI ROW crop farmers posted record-breaking yields for many crops this year. The success was the result of a combination of good management, ideal weather conditions and the latest in agricultural technology, including high-yielding transgenic and conventional seed, precision farming guided by global positioning systems, efficient pesticides and timely irrigation practices.

As plans are made for the 2004 production year, growers continue to search for and apply products and techniques to push yields even higher. One of the most reliable sources for that information is the annual Delta Ag Expo. The two-day agricultural exposition and educational event will be Jan. 20-21 at the Bolivar County Exposition Center in Cleveland, Miss. Admission is free, and the doors open daily at 8:30 a.m.

“The Expo started more than three decades ago as a way for farmers to preview the newest equipment, products and management practices. It's still the best place for farmers to get that information in a timely and personal way,” says Jim Thomas, an agricultural engineer with the MSU Extension Service and a co-chairman of the event.

“The Expo offers growers an opportunity to visit with their commercial suppliers such as seed and chemical representatives and equipment dealers and to also hear accurate and timely production and management information.”

More than 100 exhibits will be set up and educational seminars will begin at 9 a.m. both days. The seminars will address current production advances and concerns for the Delta's major crops.

The event is cosponsored by the Delta Agricultural Exposition Corporation and the MSU Extension Service. Seminar presenters will include area farmers as well as representatives from the MSU Extension Service, USDA, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Delta Wildlife and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

For more information contact Bolivar County Extension Service at 662-843-8361.