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February 24, 2014

March 7 crop seminar to focus on nutrient management

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension's Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar on March 7 will focus on nutrient management to maximize crop production while reducing environmental impact.

The free seminar runs 12-4 p.m. (EST) at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds Clover Pavilion, six miles south of Jasper on State Route 162. It is geared toward farmers, private applicators and crop advisers.

Speakers and topics:

* Amanda Bradshaw Burks, water specialist for Alliance for Indiana Rural Water Source, will talk about hypoxia and watershed concerns.

* Kenneth Eck, Purdue Extension educator in Dubois County, will talk about the basics of plant nutrition, and fertilizer application regulations and record keeping.

* Barry Fischer, soil health specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, will talk about strategies for optimizing fertilizers on conservation cropping systems.

The seminar counts as one of three meetings required for private applicator or fertilizer applicator recertification. The fee for PARP credit is $10, and attendees who want credit must bring their pesticide cards and attend the entire program. Organizers also have applied for four continuing education units (CEUs) for certified crop advisers (CCAs) in the area of nutrient management.

Event sponsors, in addition to Purdue Extension, are the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, Crop Production Services, Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hopf Equipment, Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District, Precision Farming Solutions and the Spencer County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Attendees also will have the chance to visit with local machinery dealers with seminar displays.

More information is available on the Purdue Extension Dubois County website at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/dubois by clicking the seminar link under "Hot Topics." Additional questions should be directed to the Purdue Extension Dubois County office at 812-482-1782, duboisces@purdue.edu

Writer: Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682, jsstewar@purdue.edu

Source: Kenneth Eck, 812-482-1782, kjeck@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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