Scott Rogers
Scott Rogers Superintendent
Southwest Research and Education Center

Southwest Georgia Research and Education Center

108 Experiment Street, Plains, Georgia 31780

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Our Work and Priorities

The 512-acre Southwest Georgia Research and Education Center is located near Plains, Georgia. Established in 1951, the station’s purpose was to stimulate the rural economy by helping area farmers diversify and increase crop yields in the upper coastal plain region.

The facility has heavy red clay soil that is sometimes difficult soil to farm but can be highly productive when carefully managed. Research here is geared to the 240-day growing season and an average annual rainfall of 48 inches. Current research focuses on every major row crop in south Georgia: peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, wheat and canola. The center now has some form of irrigation on at least 90% of the cropland to maintain crops during the area’s frequent droughts.

Six full-time employees maintain research for college and USDA researchers. The employees also partner with the nearby Sumter County Extension office.

About us


We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
CAES UGA GrandFarm SiteVisit May 2024 SeanMontgomery 17 Web CAES News
UGA and Grand Farm announce agriculture innovation partnership in Perry, Georgia
Situated on 250 acres in Perry, Georgia, next to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter and at the heart of the state's agricultural landscape, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Grand Farm are coming together to build the University of Georgia Grand Farm, a working innovation farm with plans to deploy the first field projects in 2025.
A team of researchers at CFS, led by director Francisco Diez, studied the potential uses of antimicrobial blue light to eliminate pathogens in manufacturing facilities. CAES News
CAES researchers ensure a safer global food supply
In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly established June 7 as World Food Safety Day to bring awareness of foodborne risks and “to celebrate the myriad benefits of safe food.” With 25 faculty members involved in food safety microbiology, the University of Georgia has one of the largest teams of food safety researchers of any university. Their research and collaboration efforts contribute to a growing body of knowledge that ensures producers and consumers have the latest information about food safety.

CAES Events

Join us on Thursday, June 20th for the Fendt Ride & Drive Field Day! Drop by between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for lunch, door prizes, and to get behind the wheel of a Fendt tractor - multiple tractors on-site for loader and field work demonstration
Jun 20
9:00AM - 4:00PM Ride & Drive Field Day J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center: Iron Horse Farm, Watkinsville, GA
Join us on Tuesday, July 2nd for the Annual Corn Boil and Farm Tour at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center. Farm tours will begin at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP by the morning of July 1, 2024, to Brooke Hale by email or call (706) 542-7236.
Jul 02
10:00AM - 2:00PM Annual Corn Boil and Farm Tour J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center, Watkinsville, GA
The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center will host its annual Field Day on Wednesday, July 24th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. A portion of the property will be open for a self-guided tour from 1:15-3:00 p.m. This field day is open to the public.
Jul 24
8:00AM - 3:00PM Georgia Mountain Field Day Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center, Blairsville
The Attapulgus Research and Education Center will host its annual field day on Thursday, August 1st, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This field day is open to the public.
Aug 01
8:30AM - 1:00PM Attapulgus Field Day Attapulgus Research and Education Center, Attapulgus, GA
Join us at the Southeast Research and Education Center for our annual field day on Wednesday, August 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is open to the public.
Aug 07
9:00AM - 1:30PM Southeast Georgia Field Day Southeast Research and Education Center, Midville, GA
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Butterfly Trail Board of Directors

The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Board of Directors recently meet at the Southwest Georgia Research and Education Center in Plains, Georgia on Friday, July 23, 2021 to discuss the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail landscape project. Pictured front row: LeAnn Smith, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter; back row: Julia Snipes, Willie Maxwell, Ernest Koone, Lonnie Wise and Annette Wise.


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Book signing with Rosalynn Carter

Grace Wooten with Ragan-Smith Associates, Inc of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 2016 UGA Landscape Architecture graduate (pictured right) receives a signed gardening book by Rosalynn Smith Carter. The new garden for the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail will be a 1930s era garden based on Mrs. Carter memories of her childhood garden.