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January 8, 2003

Crop workshops target pests producers love to hate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's annual Crop Management Workshops are affectionately nicknamed the "bugs, burrs and blights" meetings. The term of endearment has everything to do with controlling the three Bs.

The daylong workshops will take place at five locations across Indiana from Jan. 27-31. The primary audience includes commercial pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisors. The Purdue Pesticide Management Program sponsors the annual workshop series.

"We'll have specialists from Purdue giving insect, crop disease and weed presentations, as well as pesticide regulation updates," said John Obermeyer, a Purdue Extension entomologist and workshop coordinator. "We'll have a nematologist visiting with us this year and a presentation by an agronomist working extensively with GPS readings and soil test data."

Many pesticide applicators and crop advisors attend the workshops to receive Continuing Certification Hours or Continuing Education Units. Up to five certification hours and seven continuing education units will be awarded to qualified attendees.

"These individuals can gain certification credits toward their licenses," Obermeyer said. "They'll also learn about crop pests and new pesticides that may be available to control them."

Pesticide product lines are shrinking, but regulations on their use are growing. The workshops will delve into both issues, Obermeyer said.

"As far as pesticides go, it seems like every year we have fewer and fewer products on the market, yet every year there are new pesticide regulations," he said.

Workshop speakers and their topics include:

• Joe Becovitz, program specialist, Office of the Indiana State Chemist – "Indiana Pesticide Rules and Regulations."

• Rich Edwards, Purdue Extension entomologist – "Insect Management Decisions: 2003."

• Jamal Faghihi, Purdue Extension nematologist – "Soybean Cyst Nematode Management."

• Ron Blackwell, Purdue Integrated Pest Management survey specialist – "Cutworm Trial and Lessons Learned."

• Greg Shaner and Andreas Westphal, Purdue Extension plant pathologists – "Crop Disease Management."

• Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed specialist – "Weed and Herbicide Issues."

• Lance Murrell, consulting agronomist, The Andersons – "Making Sense of GPS Soil Test Data."

• Obermeyer – "Integrated Pest Management Review and Update."

The workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. local time at the following dates and locations:

• Jan. 27, Rensselaer – Halleck Student Center Ballroom, St. Joseph's College, U.S. 231 South.

• Jan. 28, Bluffton – Community Center, Wells County 4-H Park.

• Jan. 29, Shelbyville – Occasions Banquet Hall, 415 E. Hendricks St.

• Jan. 30, Montgomery – Gasthof Amish Village, County Road 650E, just north of U.S. 50.

• Jan. 31, Covington – Beef House Restaurant, junction of I-74 and state Route 63.

Registration is $60 and includes lunch and workshop materials. Preregistration is encouraged because seating is limited.

To register, contact Paul Horngren of Purdue's Conference Division, at (765) 494-7219, by fax at (765) 494-0567 or by e-mail at Additional workshop information is available by contacting Obermeyer at (765) 494-4563 or by e-mail at

A Crop Management Workshop brochure with a registration form may be downloaded online.

Writer: Steve Leer, (765) 494-8415,

Source: John Obermeyer, (765) 494-4563,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,;

Related Web sites:
Purdue University Field Crops Integrated Pest Management
Office of Indiana State Chemist

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