On Tuesday, October 22, the 2013 Appling County Farm tour began at the Lawter pine resin plant, this plant is a part of the pine chemical industry, a green manufacturer of raw material pine rosin, which is a very renewable resource. Although the name of the Baxley plant has changed, it has been in continuous operation since 1940. Lawter provides ink manufacturers with specialty resins, vehicle wax, emulsions, additives and varnishes for sheetfed, offset, flex-graphic, gravure, lithographic and inkjet printing.The plant’s largest product line is for the inks, coatings and adhesive business, and is the leading global supplier of quality raw materials to the graphic arts industry.
Boyette Farms was the second stop of the tour. Boyette Farms is a family operation with J. W., and his two sons, Joey and Mark Boyette. They are currently farming approximately 2000 acres of cotton and peanuts and custom farming approximately 350 acres. J.W. is a lifelong farmer of 50 years, and his two sons have been farming for 24 years.The addition of the latest technology of a self-propelled sprayer helps the Boyettes strive to be good stewards of the land they farm by utilizing conservation, tillage, variable rate fertilizer technology and precision technology in planting, spraying and harvesting. The sprayer can cover 30 rows in each pass and has seven feet of clearance to cover taller crops with ease and it can cover between 60 and 100 acres per hour. The self-propelled sprayers use a guidance system that allows it to operate in straight line, curve-track or circles. The operator is only responsible for turning the vehicle.
The third stop of the tour was at Circle F Farms, owned by Woody Folsom. He is married to Tamela and they have two children, Tanner and Anna Kate. Circle F Farms is approximately 750 acres on three farms and specializes in raising registered Brangus heifers and bulls. The farm manages 300 acres of Tift 85 hay to support the cows.
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Pictured is a baler that was
demonstrated during the farm tour.