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Pinney Purdue Field Day Set for Aug. 22

Published: Friday, August 3, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Pinney Purdue Field Day is scheduled for Aug. 22. Participants will have opportunities to get updates on current ag production issues, visit with neighbors and fellow producers as well as ag supply and service exhibitors, and enjoy a sponsored meal.

Registration and exhibitor booths open at 7:30 a.m. in the new machinery shed on the east side of County Line Road; parking is also on the east side. The field day program starts at 8:15 a.m.

Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension ag economist, will discuss "Hope for the Farm Economy: Weather, Tariffs, Farm Bill."

Field tours begin at 9:20 a.m. and will include stops with Purdue Extension Specialists Bill Johnson, weed science, who will give an update on this year's "war on weeds"; Bob Nielson, corn agronomist, on managing for top corn yields; and John Obermeyer, field crops entomologist, will talk about the "bad bugs of summer." Jeff Burbrink and Robert Kelly, Extension educators in Elkhart County, will demonstrate blind spots around farm equipment. Bob Yoder, Extension educator in Marshall County, will discuss keys to working with landlords on cash rent options.

The field day will conclude with a sponsored pork chop lunch cooked by Birky Family Farms of Kouts, Ind.

A twilight program is planned on the same day for those unable to attend the morning programs. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and presentations start at 6 p.m. Joe Ikley, Purdue Extension weed science, will provide an update on late summer weed management options. Jason Ackerson, Purdue Extension soils specialist, will share practical ways to sample soils for precision nutrient management. Gene Matzat, Purdue Extension educator in LaPorte County, will help folks "be aware" of protecting pollinators.

Those needing recertification credits for their private pesticide applicator licenses can receive a credit at either the field day or twilight program. A $10 fee will be charged for PARP credits. Bring your license with you. Commercial pesticide applicators can get Continuing Certification Hours.

For more information call the LaPorte Extension office at 219/324-9407. Pinney Purdue Agriculture Center (PAC) is located at 11402 County Line Rd., Wanatah, two miles west of U.S. 421 and a half mile north of U.S. 30.

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