July 29, 2009

Tiling equipment to be demonstrated at Purdue field day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center will host a Water Management and Wildlife Field Day, designed for farmers and contractors, on Aug. 14 and 15 in Butlerville, Ind.

"It's all about efficiency - to help farmers make their farms more efficient," said SEPAC superintendent Don Biehle. "Soils perform better when they are properly drained, and we'll be putting in tile using three different machines: a tile plow, a wheel machine and a chain machine."

Participants will learn about everything from tile drainage installation to managing tile drains for crop yields and water quality. Demonstration of drainage plows, trenchers, drainage control structures and GPS-controlled equipment will be ongoing during the field day. A tree clipper for woodland edge feathering also will be in operation.

"The woodland edge feathering is a different management strategy that will hopefully increase productivity along the edges of the field, as well as enhance the wildlife habitat in the area," Biehle said.

Exhibits will open at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 with presentations and a tour to follow at 3 p.m. A hog roast dinner will be provided at 5 p.m. with a repeat of the presentations and tour at 6 p.m. The field day is free, and participants can come and go as they want. Exhibits will open at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 with presentations and a tour to begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is not necessary

"The fields have been surveyed with GPS equipment, so we know the topography," Biehle said. "The software used will guide the machines to put tile in precise locations."

SEPAC is located at 4425 E. County Road 350 N. Participants should drive to the SEPAC location and then follow signs leading to the field day site.

Contact Biehle at 812-458-6977, biehled@purdue.edu, or Donna Clark at 765-529-4615, bobdonna83@hotmail.com, for questions and additional information.

The Water Management and Wildlife Field Day is sponsored by Purdue and the Indiana Land Improvement Contractors Association.

Writer: Julie Douglas, 765-496-1050, douglajk@purdue.edu

Source: Don Biehle, 812-458-6977, biehled@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Steve Leer, sleer@purdue.edu
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