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Ag Field Day Set for Aug. 22 at NEPAC


Published: Friday, August 9, 2019

The following is from John Woodmansee, Extension Educator, Agriculture/Natural Resources of Whitley County.

Purdue Extension in northeast Indiana will host a field day Aug. 22 for farmers and agribusiness professionals highlighting research projects being done at the Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4821 E. 400 S, Columbia City, Ind.

The program begins with a series of morning workshops led by Purdue Extension experts. Workshop topics and presenters include:

• Mid-season field crop disease update: Darcy Telenko, field crops pathologist, Purdue University.

• Field crop insect pest update 2019: Christian Krupke, field crops entomologist, Purdue University.

• Status and Prospects for the 2019 Late Planted Corn Crop: Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy, Purdue University.

• Soybean update: Shaun Casteel, associate professor of agronomy, Purdue University.

• Personal protective equipment: Ann Kline, Purdue Extension educator

• NEPAC research plot update: Tom Richards, NEPAC farm

Optional Afternoon Sessions starting at 1:30 p.m. include:

• Cover Crops and Nitrogen Management for Optimum Corn Production, by Shalamar Armstrong, Purdue Agronomy Department. Learn about Purdue's research regarding how cover crops affect nitrogen management for corn, and strategies you can take home with you.

• UAV Demo/Discussion, by Bob Nielsen, Shaun Casteel and Purdue "Quad Squad" Gain insight and understanding of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Purdue specialists and Extension educators who have been using the technology.

• Integrating Pest and Pollinator Management in Watermelon Production Systems Laura Ingwell, Asst. Professor, Extension Entomology and PhD Student Jacob Pecenka

We will be discussing the use of pesticides, pest thresholds and land management as it impacts the pollinator community in seedless watermelon production. This work has implications for the management of specialty crops and field crops alike.

• Health Education/Screenings, by Lutheran Health Network Health screening/info tables may include: Bone density checks, blood pressures, farm safety/injury prevention, sleep lab (info on sleep/wellness), stop the bleed, heart failure/elevated cholesterol, sepsis, stroke awareness, and heart health.

• Self-Guided Research Plot Tours, by Tom Richards. The Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center has many demonstrations and research projects being conducted on this working farm. See handout by Tom Richards and visit plots.

Participants can receive private applicator recertification program credit for $10. Commercial applicator and crop adviser credits are anticipated to be available.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch provided. Admission is free, but registration is required to receive a meal. To signup, contact the Whitley County Extension office at 260/244-7615 to leave your name and phone number by Aug. 16. If you require auxiliary aids and services due to a disability, or have a special dietary need, contact us by Aug. 1.

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