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Events Weeks: 11/25/02 - 12/8/02
For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

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 near Covington, Ind. The program deals with the issues farmers have seen this season and expect next season. Chris Hurt, Purdue agricultural economist, will discuss 2003 price prospects and marketing strategies for grains. Bob Nielsen, Purdue agronomy specialist, will talk about 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 office 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 their web site. CONTACT: Allen Hammer, Purdue professor of horticulture, (765) 494-1335,

December 4: Corn And Soybean Conference

This conference is open to corn and soybean farmers across Indiana. It will be at the Embassy Suites North in Indianapolis, 3912 Vincennes Road. Speakers include J.B. Penn, undersecretary for the United States Department of Agriculture; Jay Lehr, the first in the nation to receive a doctorate in ground water hydrology; David Parker, a founding partner of ABG Inc. of Indianapolis; Steve Censky, American Soybean Association executive director; Jon Lantz, Countrymark Co-op's sales manager of energy products; Gary Chapman, attorney; and John Phipps, farm humorist. The issues to be discussed include the Farm Bill, how corn and soybean farmers can prepare themselves to succeed, performance and strategy development, soydiesel, and contract language. Youth and consumer and family science topics also will be covered. This conference is open to the public. Registration is due by Nov. 27 to receive a discount. Members of the ISGA and ICGA pay $10 if they register early and $15 after Nov. 27. Non-member registration fee is $15 before Nov. 27 and $20 after. For a spouse or youth, early registration cost is $10 and $15 after Nov. 27. Other registration information is available by calling (800) 735-0195. CONTACT: Belinda Puetz, Indiana Soybean Board staff member, (800) 735-0195,

December 5: Value-Added Grain Seminar

The future of the white corn industry will be discussed at a seminar at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, located at the intersection of Highway 41 North and Boonville-New Harmony Road in Evansville, Ind. Dave Ksaizkiewicz, an employee of Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., will discuss "Identity Preservation and Traceability – From Farm to End Use." Chris Morley, senior vice president of Global Risk Management, will discuss the "Global Outlook on White Corn." During the last session Jeff Nalley, farm broadcaster for WBKR in Owensboro, Ky., will moderate a value-added commodity discussion. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the event will end at 1:15 p.m. The seminar is free to the public. CONTACT: Jon Neufelder, Purdue Extension educator in Posey County, (812) 838-1331,; Gary Michel, Purdue Extension educator in Warrick County, (812) 897-6101,; or Purdue Extension in Gibson County, (812) 385-3491.

January 9: Illiana Commercial Vegetable Growers' School

The program will provide information on vegetable pest management in the greenhouse and field, variety selection and insect management on ornamental plants in the greenhouse. The school will be at Teibel's Restaurant on the corner of U.S. 41 and U.S. 30 in Schereville, Ind. Rick Latin, Purdue professor of plant pathology, will discuss identification and management of seedling diseases. Rick Foster, Purdue professor of entomology, will give recommendations for managing insects in tomatoes. Weed populations will be addressed by Purdue professor of horticulture Steve Weller. Cheri Janssen, from Purdue Pesticide Programs, will provide an update on pesticide regulatory issues, and Kathryn Orvis, assistant professor of horticulture at Purdue, will discuss health benefits of vegetables. Other Purdue speakers include Chris Gunter, regional vegetable cropping systems specialist, on the use of colored plastic mulches, and Dan Egel, region pest management specialist, and Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs, on rules for using pesticides on vegetables in the greenhouse. Individuals who hold a valid Private Pesticide Applicator License from the state of Indiana may receive credit towards recertification by attending the morning session and paying an additional $10 fee at the door. The school is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Services and the Northwest Commercial Horticulture Program at Purdue. A complete schedule is available on the web. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. central time, and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT: Elizabeth Maynard, regional Extension specialist from Purdue, (219) 785-5673,

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