Davis Purdue Ag Center Field day set for Aug. 28

July 22, 2014  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University agricultural research will be showcased during the Davis Purdue Agricultural Center Field Day next month.

The Aug. 28 event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT at the center five miles north of Farmland on state Route 1 in Randolph County. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

"We have a great program planned this year, highlighting Purdue agricultural research and issues affecting corn and soybean producers," said Michael O'Donnell, Purdue Extension educator. "It's an opportunity for people to get out in the research plots and hear from Purdue Extension specialists and educators."

Speakers and topics include:

* Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture: "Purdue Agriculture Research Update."

* Bill Johnson, weed specialist: "Palmer Amaranth Identification and Management."

* O’Donnell and Jeff Boyer, Davis Purdue superintendent: "Cereal Rye Cover Crop Research Plot."

* Fred Whitford, coordinator of the Purdue pesticide programs: "Your Farm Runs on Tires and Minibulk Regulations."

* Bob Nielsen, corn specialist, and Shaun Casteel, soybean specialist: "Hot Topics."

There also will be tours of corn and soybean herbicide demonstration plots.

A sponsored lunch will be provided. St. Vincent Randolph Hospital will offer free health screenings, including blood pressure testing, tetanus shots and skin cancer screening.

"Farmers are busy and oftentimes feel as though they don't have time to see a doctor.  That’s why we have partnered with St. Vincent over the years," O'Donnell said. "This will be the 10th year for the health screenings, and we feel it's made an impact."

Field day attendees are eligible for commercial pesticide applicator continuing credit hours, crop adviser continuing education units and private applicator credits. Private applicator credits cost $10.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Randolph County at 765-584-2271.  Reservations are requested by Aug. 22.           

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu 

Source: Michael O'Donnell, 765-747-7732, modonnel@purdue.edu

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