July 29, 2009

Field day offers insight to crop and livestock producers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension will host an annual field day for farmers and livestock producers on Aug. 20 at the Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC) in Columbia City, Ind.

Registration will start at 8 a.m.

"The field day is a good way for farmers to learn about what they can do to improve their own business," said Ed Farris, educator, Purdue Extension Huntington County.

The field day will include four sessions on management issues.

Purdue entomologist Christian Krupke will discuss scouting corn and soybeans for pests such as western bean cutworms and soybean aphids, as well as strategies for managing these pests.

Purdue agronomist Shaun Casteel will address late-season stresses with soybeans. He also will be highlighting updates from the World Soybean Conference, which took place in China this year.

Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs, will discuss safely using tie-downs when transporting pesticides and farm products.

Purdue agronomist Keith Johnson will discuss how to manage hay crops and double-crop forage options. He has planted test plots for participants to view during his talk.

An update of the farm bill will be presented by U.S. Rep. Mark Souder and the strategic plan for agriculture in Indiana will be briefly outlined by Anne Hazlett, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

"Having both Hazlett and Souder present is a good opportunity for farmers to hear about what is current within the state and in Washington, D.C.," Farris said.

Continuing Education Credits for the Private Applicator Recertification Program will be available for a $10 fee. The program also has been approved for commercial applicator and crop adviser credits.

Sponsors will be at the field day to represent their companies and agriculture organizations.

Registration is free but preregistration is requested by Aug. 17. Those registered by the deadline will be guaranteed a free lunch. For registration, session and sponsor information, visit http://www.ces.purdue.edu/anr/documents/2009/
, or contact Farris at 260-358-4826, emfarris@purdue.edu

Writer: Sayde Rayburn, 765-494-8402, srayburn@purdue.edu

Source: Ed Farris, 260-358-4826, emfarris@purdue.edu

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Steve Leer, sleer@purdue.edu
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