November 18, 2008

Michiana Crops Conference to highlight double-crop options

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue and Michigan State universities will host the 2008 Michiana Crops Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Dec. 5 at the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana, Ind.

The conference will provide information on a number of topics associated with production agriculture that will be beneficial for farmers and those who assist in the agriculture industry. These subjects range from irrigation to double-crop options for corn silage and wheat.

"Farmers faced both weather and input price challenges in 2008," said Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension educator. "Agriculture producers need to do the best job they can in managing their resources to be efficient and minimize production and market risks."

Bob Nielsen, a Purdue Extension corn specialist and professor of agronomy, and Kiersten Wise, Purdue associate professor of botany and plant pathology, will discuss if fungicides are hurting corn. Purdue agronomist Jim Camberato, will talk about nitrogen recommendations for corn and Lyndon Kelley, state irrigation specialist for Purdue and Michigan State, will discuss the amount of water needed to irrigate specific crops. Complete session listings are available in the online brochure.

Participants will have the option to receive continuing education credits with the registration fee. Credits available are for certified crop advisers, Indiana commercial pesticide applicators and restricted-use pesticide credits for Michigan applicators. Recertification credit for Indiana private applicators will be an additional $10.

Registration is $35 prior to Dec. 1 and $40 after. The registration fee includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments. Registration is limited to 250 participants. To register, download a registration brochure online at For more information, contact Corey Gerber at (888) EXT-INFO or Steve Engleking at (260) 499-6334.

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Gene Matzat, (219) 324-9407,

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

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