Welcome to the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center
The Eastern Virginia AREC is located near Warsaw in the coastal plain of Virginia, which is primarily a grain-growing region. Our research programs focus on the development of new wheat, barley, and soybean varieties by providing major field support for the Virginia Tech small grain and soybean breeding programs in these areas.
New projects being performed at the center include adopting unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technology for use in high throughput phenotyping, nutrient management, and disease detection. This technology is a small part of the SmartFarm Innovation Network being developed at the Blacksburg campus and the 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Other projects include fertility, disease, and pest management of these grain crops, as well as state variety tests for wheat, barley, and soybeans.
Field days and crop tours at the Eastern Virginia AREC are held each year to showcase our research efforts, to introduce new varieties that are nearing release, and to educate visitors on the production and management of wheat, barley, and soybean in Virginia.