R. Anthony Black Research Station Superintendent
Southeast Research and Education Center

Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center

9638 Highway 56 South, Midville, Georgia 30441

Phone: (478) 589-7472
Email: rablack@uga.edu

The Southeast Research and Education Center is located in Burke County near the town of Midville, GA.  The 720-acre facility is situated in the upper Coastal Plain Region just south of the fall line, and was established in 1951. Tifton and Dothan series are the predominant soils, and represent well drained, sandy loam/loamy sand soils.  The area receives about 44 inches of rain fall annually, making it one of the drier regions of the state.  As a result, many research projects focus on the efficient use of water.

Current research focuses primarily on row crops and includes cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans, and small grains.  Research and Extension Scientists and County Extension Agents carry out roughly 40 research projects annually.  Research projects include the evaluation of crop varieties, pest management strategies, and conservation tillage practices including cover crop systems.  Most experiments are irrigated with center pivot systems.  In addition, a 6-acre site is devoted to sub-surface drip irrigation.

SEREC is staffed by 5 full time positions. The center hosts several outreach functions throughout the year.  An annual field day is held every August along with several smaller production meetings, trainings, and workshops. Local school groups conduct field trips and Ag Awareness education at the center as well.