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Bruce Kettler to Serve as Keynote Speaker July 23

Published: Friday, July 12, 2019

During the 2019 Central Indiana Field Day, speakers will talk to attendees about a wide range of topics to improve various aspects of farm production. Discussions range from recent research on weeds, entomology and cover crops to the use of drones in farming and nutrient updates.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 23 at Roseburg Event Center in Marion.

Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, will serve as keynote speaker . Kettler was appointed ISDA director and director of agribusiness development for the Indiana Economic Development Corp. by Gov. Eric Holcomb in January 2018. He joined the department with more than 30 years of agricultural leadership experience and knowledge, ranging from production to sales to community and industry relations. At ISDA, his main priorities include agricultural advocacy, economic development, youth development and environmental stewardship.

Other speakers include:

• Klein Ileleji, Purdue University: Ileleji, associate professor and Purdue Extension engineer in agricultural and biological engineering, will discuss post-harvest grain management.

• Austin Pearson and Mark Carter, Extension educators, will talk about and demonstrate how quadcopter (UAV), also known as drones, can be used to improve production.

• John Scott, digital agriculture extension coordinator, will discuss techniques for using field data in soybeans and precision agriculture.

• Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) —Joe Rorick, conservation agronomist, will talk about his insight on cover crops.

• John Obermeyer, Purdue University: Obermeyer, an integrated pest management specialist for Purdue Extension, will give an update on entomology based on his latest research.

• Michael Langemeier, Purdue University: Langemeier, professor of Agricultural Economics, will give an update on current land value and cash rent prices.

• Bob Nielsen, Purdue University: Nielsen, professor of agronomy, will present a corn update.

• Jim Camberato, Purdue University: Camberato, soil fertility specialist, will discuss nutrient updates.

• Marcelo Zimmer, Purdue University: Zimmer, weed science program specialist, will give an update on weeds.

During the Central Indiana Field Day, exhibits by various vendors and resource suppliers will be on display. Lunch will be served.

Participants can earn PARP, CCH and CEU credits by attending the event. Register by visiting or by calling one of the nine counties' Extension offices by July 19. The participating counties include Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash.

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