Weed Day to help farmers deal with heavy 2011 weed pressures
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The wet spring that delayed tillage and weed control operations in Indiana has created the perfect storm of weed pressure – something farmers can learn more about at Purdue Extension's 2011 Weed Day.
The field day, led by Purdue Extension weed scientist Bill Johnson, will be at 8:30 a.m. June 30 at the Throckmorton-Purdue Agriculture Center, 8343 U.S. 231 S., Lafayette. It will feature a tour of herbicide research plots.
"There are a lot of weeds this year and early postemergence treatments will soon be applied," Johnson said. "The herbicide plots will give growers a chance to look at new herbicides and how they compare to the products currently on the market."
Farmers also will see research trials that address the competitive effects of volunteer corn on soybean and corn yields and how to control it.
Weed science graduate students will be on hand to discuss research projects.
Registration is free, but participants are asked to preregister by visiting http://www.btny.purdue.edu/weedscience/temp/WeedDay2011.html or by calling Amy Deitrich at 765-494-9871. Refreshments will be provided.
Three continuing certification hours, or CCHs, will be available for category 1 pesticide applicators.
Throckmorton-Purdue is five miles south of Lafayette on the corner of county road 800 S. and U.S. 231 S.
Participants also are invited to attend an afternoon session from 1-3 p.m. as the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology honors Purdue Extension weed scientist Tom Bauman's 44 years of service. The presentation will take place on Purdue's campus in Room 1-425 of Lilly Hall, 915 W. State St., West Lafayette.
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