2023 SERA-IEG-6 Conference & Annual Meeting event at Auburn University, Alabama USA

Welcome to 2023 SERA-IEG-6
Annual Meeting & Conference

The Southern Extension and Research Activity Information Exchange Group 6 (SERA-IEG-6) extends a warm welcome to it’s annual meeting and conference. We are very excited to be hosting this years SERA IEG-6 conference in Auburn, AL! As the SERA-IEG-6 conference draws nearer on June 5-7th 2023, we would like to provide you with registration and hotel booking information.

Event Dates: June 5th thru 7th, 2023

Conference sign up is now available! Join us at this year’s SERA-IEG-6 Conference with the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Please register at the link below:

The site of our meeting this coming year, Auburn AL, is considered “the loveliest village on the plains” with an emerging foody reputation and outdoor leisure tourism opportunities.

There are flights to and from the nearby international airport Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, GA. There is also a small Auburn University Regional Airport (AUO).

If you or your student is interested in giving a talk, we do have a few speaking slots left, and can include shorter student talks into the program, please email Jessica Davis (jld0084@auburn.edu) or indicate on your registration your interest!

We are planning on touring our Soil Lab, the Old Rotation and the New Rooftop Gardens in our Rane Hospitality Center. We are hosting several discussion sections and will likely be getting a historical tea demonstration from one of our wonderful outreach coordinators.   

We look forward to meeting everyone on the plains!

Conference Schedule

Monday – June 5, 2023 @ Hotel at Auburn

  • 5:00 PM – Check-In: Pick up name tags and programs (The Hotel at Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Foyer)
  • 5:10 PM Reception
  • 5:30 PM Introductions
  • 6:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM State Report Presentations

Tuesday – June 6, 2023 @ Ag Heritage Park

  • 7:45 AM – Travel to Ag Heritage Park
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast, Sponsor Leco
  • 8:45 AM (15min) – Sponsor Talk: Ametek (SpectroAnalytical) Tom Bloomer
  • 9:00 AM (35min) – Dr. Gerson L. Drescher “Soil Sampling Position on Raised Beds Influences Soil-Test Results and Fertilizer Recommendations”
  • 9:40 AM (15min) – Sponsor Talk: Elementar – Chase Migliore “Excellence in Elements” 
  • 10:00 AM (30min) – Dr. Nathan Slaton “Update on FRST”
  • 10:30 AM (15min) – Sponsor Talk: Scott Schroeder FiaLabs
  • 11:00 AM (35min) – Dr. Simerjeet Virk- “Investigating Different Soil Sampling Grid Sizes for Site-Specific Nutrient Management in Georgia”
  • 11:40 AM (15min) – Sponsor Talk: BlueSun Rachael Glenister “Innovations in Rapid Soil, Forage, and Feed Analysis”
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch, Sponsor Soilkit
  • 1:00 PM (30min) – Dr. Bryan Hopkins “NAPT Update and Analytical Precision and Accuracy”
  • 1:30 PM (15min) – Sponsor Talk: Texas Scientific Doug Keene
  • 2:00 PM (45min) – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frank Sikora “Experiences on Rebuilding a Soils Lab”
  • 2:45 PM (35min) – Dr. Brenda Tubana Silicon Talk
  • 3:20 PM (35min) – Dr. Kristin Hicks “Simplified Approach to Developing Tissue Nutrient Reference Ranges with Cannabis sativa as a Model”

Travel to facility

  • 4:00 PM – Travel to Soil Lab: Soil Lab Tour and Discussions

Travel to venue

  • 4:30 PM – Travel to Old Rotation

Travel to venue

  • 5:00 PM – Travel to Tour Hotel Garden
  • 5:30 PM – Free Time: Tourist Tuesday

Wednesday – June 7, 2023 @ Ag Heritage Park

  • 7:45 AM – Travel to Ag Heritage Park
  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast and Historical Tea with Tia, Breakout discussion sections determined on Tuesday, vendors meetings
  • 9:00 AM (30min) – Nancy Bohl Bormann “ManureDB: Creating a nationwide manure test database”
  • 9:30 AM (30min) – Bob Miller ALP
  • 10:00 AM (30min) – Discussion Section – Hosted by Dr. Frank Sikora and Dr. David Butler “Significance of high tunnels – tomato”
  • 10:30 AM (20min) – Dr. Nathan McKinney “Administrative Advisor Update”
  • 11:00 AM (20min) – Dr. Charlie Mitchell “History of SERA 6”
  • 11:30 AM – SERA-6 Business Meeting: Future of SERA 6
  • 12:00 AM – Depart


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    The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

    Location: 241 S College St, Auburn, AL (AUHCC) – Rooms can be reserved up to May 1, 2023 via the following link:

    For transportation from the airport to The Hotel at Auburn University please consider Groome Transportation and make sure to note in the registration that you will need transport to the conference location.


    Other hotels are also available within blocks of the Auburn University campus:

    Ag Heritage Park

    Visit the Ag Heritage Park webpage for directions and to learn more.