Mon., October 17, 2011 12:01am (EDT)

Tractor Testing At Sunbelt Expo
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MOULTRIE, Ga.  —  
Farmers watching cotton being picked in research plot at Sunbelt Ag Expo (photo courtesy Sunbelt Ag Expo)
Farmers watching cotton being picked in research plot at Sunbelt Ag Expo (photo courtesy Sunbelt Ag Expo)
Starting Tuesday the City of Moultrie, with a population of just over 15,000 will welcome more than 100,000 visitors. They’re coming for the largest agriculture show in the nation.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo began 33 years ago on the site of a former U.S. Air base. It’s grown to 100 acres of exhibit space and a 600 acre research farm. This year organizers added a building used to spotlight Georgia Agriculture.

The Expo’s Gina McDonald says the research farm is the only one of its kind and lets farmers try out equipment before they buy it.

“We’ll also be digging peanuts. We’ll be picking peanuts. All of the things that you can actually go out there and get one-on-one with the companies and put your hands on. Not only see the technology but you can test drive the technology.”

The event lasts three days and brings more than 16-million dollars to the Southwest Georgia economy.