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Events Weeks: 11/11/02 - 11/24/02

For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

November 12: Timber Marketing And Harvesting For Woodland Owners

This workshop is for forest owners wanting to know more about selling timber from their forests. The event will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Kimball International Inc. Education Center, located on 12th Avenue in Jasper, Ind. The workshop will cover forest management plans, deciding which trees should be harvested and which trees should be left, timber marketing methods, advertising the timber sale, timber sale contracts, what to expect during logging, what to do after the timber harvest is complete and assistance available to landowners. The event is sponsored by Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue Extension, The Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry, Kimball International, Purdue Extension in Dubois County, and Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District. The workshop cost is $15, and reservations must be made by Nov. 7. CONTACT: Ron Rathfon, Extension Forester, (812) 678-5049,

November 14: Pork Interest Group: Designing And Equipping Automatic Sorting Facilities

The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room 3-113, on Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Frank Brummer, owner and president of Farmweld Inc., will be the speaker. Brummer started Farmweld after realizing many of the hog feeders he repaired as a welder were poorly designed. Brummer will speak about his company's new technology which can sort pigs by weight automatically as they cross over electronic scales. The technology's benefits include selecting the pigs packers want, segregating pigs so they can be fed properly according to weight and reducing stress in pigs during sorting. This event is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Allan Schinckel, Purdue professor of animal science, (765) 494-4836,

November 15: Logging Wood Tour And Demonstration

The demonstration will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Indiana Purdue Agriculture Center, Purdue Farm Road, north side of Patoka Lake, in Dubois, Ind. Signs will be posted from State Road 145. Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry and Les Distributions Payeur Inc. of Quebec, Canada, will provide an educational opportunity for forest landowners and others to learn more about the process of harvesting timber while protecting the productivity of the forest. There will be tours of a recent conventional logging operation, keys to a "good" logging job and a small-scale, "low impact" logging equipment demonstration. This event is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Ron Rathfon, Extension Forester, (812) 678-5049,

December 3: Crop Management Outlook Program

Purdue University and the University of Illinois will hold the crop outlook program at the Beef House Banquet Hall, located at the intersection of State Road 63 and I-74. The program deals with the issues farmers have seen this season and can look forward to next season. Chris Hurt, Purdue agricultural economist, will discuss 2003 price prospects and marketing strategies for grains. Bob Nielsen, Purdue agronomy specialist, will give a talk on how to choose hybrids wisely. Tom Bauman, Extension specialist in weed science, will talk about weed issues and Fred Whitford, director of pesticide programs at Purdue, will discuss pesticide recordkeeping. Two other speakers include Robert Hoeft, a soil fertility specialist with Illinois Extension, and Kevin Steffey, an Illinois Extension entomologist. Hoeft will talk about maximizing fertilizer value, and Steffey will highlight insect management concerns. To register, call the Purdue Extension offices in either Parke or Vermillion counties by Nov. 22. The number for the Parke County office is (765) 569-3176, and the Vermillion County office number is (800) 340-8155 or (765) 492-3394. The cost is $15. Those interested in obtaining continuing education credit will have an additional $10 fee and must contact their local Extension office to register for the credits. CONTACT: Mark Spelbring, Purdue Cooperative Extension educator in Parke County, (765) 569-3176,

December 3: National Poinsettia Cultivar Trials Open House

Purdue is hosting an open house showcasing 112 poinsettia cultivars. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., growers and breeders can discover the new varieties of poinsettias at the horticulture greenhouses on the Purdue campus. There will be production information available for each cultivar. The poinsettias also will be displayed under natural and artificial light to compare the aesthetic appeal of the outside versus inside environment. For more information about the National Poinsettia Cultivar Trials, visit the web site. CONTACT: Allen Hammer, Purdue professor of horticulture, (765) 494-1335,

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