No-till diagnostic workshop to help producers solve problems

May 1, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers and others involved in no-till production for corn and soybeans can learn more about possible problems in this type of conservation system at an annual workshop on May 23.

The No-till Diagnostic Workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE), about seven miles northwest of West Lafayette on U.S. 52.

Corey Gerber, director of Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center, said producers with no-till fields typically see many weed and insect problems, and this workshop will try to address those.

"We'll train participants to be looking for specific things when situations go bad in the field," he said.

Workshop topics and presenters are:

* "Weed Identification and Management" by Purdue Extension weed scientists Bill Johnson and Travis Legleiter.

* "Cover Crops" by Barry Fisher, state agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

* "Goof Plots" by Gerber, Fisher and Tony Bailey of USDA-NRCS.

* "Insect Identification and Management" by John Obermeyer, Purdue Extension integrated pest management specialist.

* "Planting Equipment and Systems" by Gerber and Fisher.

"For the goof plots, we'll create situations in a no-till environment that will show our participants what not to be doing, or what to look for when scouting in the field for issues like compaction or fertilizer burn on corn," Gerber said. "Also, we'll show what happens if equipment isn't set up or calibrated correctly, like a planter skipping during seed planting or when depth control may be off."

Continuing certification hours for commercial pesticide and fertilizer applicators and continuing education units for certified crop advisers will be available.

The workshop is $110 per person. Make checks payable to Purdue University.

Register by printing a brochure at and mailing the form and payment to the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center, Purdue University Agronomy Department, 915 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.

For more information, contact Gerber at 765-496-3755,

Writer: Amanda Gee, 765-494-8402,

Source: Corey Gerber, 765-496-3755,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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