Gin show features precision agriculture Growers who attend the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will have an opportunity to hear the first-hand experiences of a producer who's been in the front ranks of adapters of precision farming techniques and technology.

Mississippi farmer/ginner Kenneth Hood will speak at the Saturday morning, March 3, Ag Update seminar, covering such topics as plant populations, fertility, insecticides, herbicides, field mapping, plant monitors, etc.

"Kenneth's presentation is a detailed look at what he's done, how it has worked, the economics of the various practices, and how it can impact producers for the next five to 10 years," says Lee Todd, show manager and executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Assn.

"He looks at it from the practical, dollars-and-cents viewpoint, and explains how anyone farming 600 acres and up can justify at least some of these methods. With the continuing increases in crop production costs, many growers may see opportunities to utilize these techniques to improve their profitability."

Hood's presentation is one of five planned for the annual show's Ag Update sessions, to be held Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:30 in the lobby auditorium of the Cook Convention Center.

The speaker lineup for the two days is:

Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. - Richard E. Bell, president and chief executive officer of Riceland Foods, Stuttgart, Ark., will give the outlook for Mid-South grains.

- John Maguire, director of the National Cotton Council's Washington operations, will speak on "What's New in Washington."

- William "Billy" Dunavant, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Dunavant Enterprises, Memphis, will speak on the market outlook for U.S. and world cotton.

Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. - Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, will speak on the outlook for debate on the new farm that starts this year.

- Kenneth Hood.

This year's show, the 49th for the ginners association, is co-sponsored by Delta Farm Press. It is the largest indoor exhibit of agricultural products, equipment, and services in the Mid-South, and the largest cotton equipment trade show in the nation. Several thousand people attend the two-day event each year.

More than 400 exhibits are booked for this year's show.

Showgoers will find a convention center packed full of new equipment, as manufacturers continue improving or expanding their product lines. Most major agrichemical and seed companies will also be represented, offering growers the latest information about their products and services.

"Farmers will have an opportunity to see firsthand the newest and latest products," Todd says, "as well as being able to talk face-to-face with representatives of all the major companies in agriculture today.

Doors for the big show will open at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The show will close at 5 p.m. Friday and at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

While the show layout has been revised somewhat to accommodate construction under way at the convention center, signs clearly mark the various exhibit locations, and a map of exhibitor locations is included in the official show program included with this issue of Delta Farm Press.

Free shuttle bus service will operate between the Convention Center and the Peabody Hotel. Since parking can sometimes be tight in the Convention Center area, a suggested alternate is to use one of the several parking garages and lots near the Peabody and catch the shuttle from the hotel. Buses will leave frequently during show hours from the Union Avenue entrance to the Peabody. Or you can park in one of the lots near the Peabody and walk a couple of blocks to the trolley line.