January 7, 2010

Crop management highlighted at Purdue workshop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers and commercial applicators can learn about the science and research behind crop management during a one-day workshop that is offered on five days in late January at locations around the state.

Sessions for the Purdue's crop management workshop are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25-29.

 “This workshop gives us the opportunity to showcase Purdue's resources and the science behind crop management, pests and pesticides -- information we want to make sure the commercial and private applicators have,” said John Obermeyer, Purdue Extension integrated pest management specialist.

One topic featured will be water quality and its affect on pesticide performance, presented by Fred Whitford, coordinator, Purdue Pesticide Program.

“It’s important for farmers and commercial applicators to monitor water quality just like equipment because water may look clean, but it may not be clean,” Whitford said.

In addition to water quality, workshop speakers will highlight the 2009 crop year and discuss ways to improve pest and crop management for the 2010 season. Topics include:

* New federal containments and container rules and what they mean for commercial applicators: Joe Becovitz, Office of the Indiana State Chemist

* Herbicide performance updates and resistance weed issues for 2010: Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed specialist

* Challenges with rootworm in BT corn: Christian Krupke, Purdue Extension entomologist

* Seed control measures to implement to protect corn and soybeans from nematode infestation: Jamal Faghihi, Purdue Extension nematologist

* Stressors that affect corn growth and yield:  Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension agronomist

* Soybean planting techniques, seed fungicide and improvements for the coming year: Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension agronomist

* The effect of disease in corn and soybeans throughout the state and the results of fungicide applications: Kiersten Wise, Purdue Extension plant pathologist

Site dates and locations are:

* Jan. 26 – Madison County Fairgrounds, Farm Bureau Building, Alexandria

* Jan. 27 – Elks Lodge, Columbus

* Jan. 28 – Ferdinand Community Center,

Both the Jan. 25 sessions in Winona Lake and the Jan. 29 sessions in West Lafayette are full, and registration has been closed.

 Participants can earn up to seven CCH category one, four CCH category 11, four CCH RT and seven CEU (five PM and two CM) credits. PARP credits are available for an additional $10.

Registration is $75 per person per session and includes the 2010 corn and soybean field guide. Visit http://www.conf.purdue.edu/crop to register online or download the conference brochure. Preregistration is recommended.

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

Sources: John Obermeyer, 765-494-4563, obe@purdue.edu

Fred Whitford, 765-494-1284, fwhitford@purdue.edu

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