Mississippi Blueberry Growers Field Day 2012

Blueberry Growers Field Day

Giles Farm

Wayne County, MS

October 11, 2012

 

The 2012 Blueberry Growers Field Day will be held 8:00 AM, October 11, 2012 at Giles Farm in Wayne County.

You are invited to attend the 2012 Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association Blueberry Growers Field Day. This Field Day will be an excellent opportunity to see blueberry management and production techniques and learn about innovative ways to plant and produce blueberries. The Giles Farm, located at 985 Denham-Buckatunna Creek Road, Waynesboro, MS, owned by Tom and John Giles, is a well-managed, 75 acre, blueberry farm that has incorporated good management techniques and innovative ways to establish and produce blueberries. It is an excellent example of how close attention to detail can result in vigorous plants, high yields and the ability to pick and pack large volumes of high quality fruit. This farm is a progression of innovations developed and added each year to improve the efficiency of the operation. You will be able to tour this highly productive farm and efficient processing facility and discuss the techniques used to vitalize and manage this exceptional blueberry farm. We appreciate Tom and John Giles opening their operation to our group and showing us their keys to success.

A tentative program for the day is attached. The program is designed to highlight the innovative things that contribute to the Giles’ success. We will discuss these practices in a concise program. However, we will not spend a lot of time with formal talks. There will be plenty of time for visiting with the exhibitors at the Trade Show, examining equipment and products, discussing blueberry production practices with fellow growers and touring the Processing Facility and Farm.

Trade Show

The 2012 Blueberry Growers Field Day Trade Show is shaping up to be the biggest and best we have had to date. Exhibitors from all over the United States will be on hand with equipment, supplies and products tomake your blueberry operation more efficient and productive. Here is a preview of some of the Exhibitors who will be present at the Trade Show.

Oxbo International  (formally Korvan Industries) and Littau Harvesters, Inc. will have their latest blueberry harvesters on display and factory representatives will be present to discuss these harvesters with you.

Representatives from A&B Packaging, Lakewood Processing Equipment, Mckibben Equipment and BBC Technologies will be on hand to discuss blueberry grading and packing equipment and demonstrate the equipment in the Giles’ Processing Facility.

Cascade Wind Machines, the Orchard-Rite Wind Machine distributor will be on hand to discuss how wind machines can protect your crop from late spring freezes and demonstrate how they work on the Giles’ Farm.

Brewt Power Systems will be on hand to demonstrate pneumatic pruners and an efficient and economical harvesting system for small farms.

Chapman Tractor, Company, Laurel Yamaha and other equipment dealers will be on hand with tractors, equipment, sprayers and implements to help you with establishment of new plantings and maintaining your current acreage. Professionals with these companies will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment and answer your questions.

Representatives from Irrigation Mart and Poly Drip irrigation dealers will be on hand to help you with your irrigation needs and help design an efficient system to apply water and fertilizer to your blueberries that will accommodate your fields and water source.

Representatives from Delta Ag will be on hand to discuss fertility and crop protection products as well as other horticultural supplies to help maximize your blueberry yields.

Monte Packaging, Southland Container, McNeely Plastics and FormTex Plastics Corp will have representatives on hand to discuss packaging options and products that can help you fine-tune your marketing and sell blueberries to more lucrative markets at higher prices.

H2A Complete LLC will be on hand to describe how to acquire and manage legal, efficient, hardworking labor.

Ambers Blueberry Nursery and Island Grove Agricultural Products will be on hand to discuss blueberry varieties and help you with your plant needs.

This is an impressive group of exhibitors and the numbers are growing. They will be on hand with the very latest in equipment and supplies to make your farm more efficient, productive and profitable.

Please pre-register, if you plan to attend the Field Day. Grower registration is $20.00 per person. Please fill out and return the enclosed registration form by October 1.  This will be a very productive day. Lunch, drinks and refreshments will be provided.  I hope you will be able to attend.

 

Directions to Giles Farm –

From I-59 in Laurel, MS  – Travel East 29 miles on Highway 84 to Waynesboro. Take Highway 45 South and travel 2 miles. Take the Dyess Bridge Road exit and travel east 7/10 mile to County Lake Denham Road. Take a right (south) and travel 5.3 miles to intersection. Go straight at intersection on Denham-Buckatunna Creek Road. Travel 3/10 mile to Giles Farm. Look for white fence and iron gate.

The phone number at Giles Farm is 601-410-4088 or 601-410-2031 if you have trouble finding it.

If you have questions about the Blueberry Growers Field Day contact John Braswell at 601-795-5558 or gulfsouthblueberry@gmail.com

Blueberry Growers Field Day

Giles Farm

Wayne County, MS

October 11, 2012

8:00 AM     Registration

Trade show open 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM

8:30            Welcome – Jerry Hutto

Welcome and Farm Overview –  Tom and John Giles

Blueberry Varieties and Farm Management Techniques – Ken Patterson, Island Grove Agricultural Products

9:00            Blueberry Harvesters –

Oxbo Harvesters  – Brian Foote

Littau Harvesters – Brian Thompson

9:20            Wind Machines for Frost Control – Dave Harmening – Cascade Wind               Machines

9:30            Blueberry Pruning – Butch Rhoton – Brewt Power System

9:40            Blueberry Irrigation

Poly Drip Irrigation – Mike Goree

Irrigation Mart – Mike Pippin

10:00          Packing Facility and Grading Equipment Overview

Post-Harvest Handling and Cooling Blueberry Fruit

Tom and John Giles

A&B Packing Equipment – Shannon Williams

Lakewood Process Machinery – Shaun Harcourt

BBC Color and Soft Sorters – Bernie Newton

Mckibben Equipment  – Jeff Mckibben

10:45          visit with Exhibitors

12:00          Lunch and visit with Exhibitors

1:00 PM      Farm Tour

Field Tour and Packing Facility Tour

Trade show open all afternoon

 

Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association

Blueberry Growers Field Day

8:00 AM, October 11, 2012

Giles Farm, Wayne County, MS 

Registration Form

The 2012 Blueberry Growers Field Day will be held at The Giles Farm, 985 Denham-Buckatuna Creek Road, Waynesboro, MS. Owned by Tom and John Giles, this highly successful blueberry farm is an excellent example of how good management and close attention to detail can result in vigorous plants and high yields. The Giles have incorporated a number of innovative techniques to increase their efficiency and profitability.  We will tour this highly productive farm and discuss the techniques used to vitalize and manage this productive blueberry farm.

                                                                                                                                         

Please complete and return this form before October 1. Registration cost is:

Pre-registered members –         $20.00 per person

Pre-registered non-members –  $30.00 per person

Registration at the door – members $30.00 per person

Registration at the door – non-members $40.00 per person

 

Date ____________________________________

 

Name(s)___________________________________________________________

 

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Address____________________________________________________________

 

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Phone_____________________email____________________________________

 

Make Checks payable to Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association and mail to:

 

Dr. John Braswell

P.O. Box 308

Poplarville, MS 39470

 

If you have questions or would like to request a membership application to the Gulf South Blueberry Growers Association, contact Dr. John Braswell at 601-795-5558 or gulfsouthblueberry@gmail.com

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