Pinney Purdue field day set for Aug. 20

August 11, 2014  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2014 Pinney Purdue Field Day on Aug. 20 will enable participants to stay current on agricultural production issues and visit with fellow producers as well as supply and service exhibitors.

Pinney Purdue Agriculture Center is at 11402 County Line Road, Wanatah, 2 miles west of U.S 421 and one-half mile north of U.S. 30. 

 Registration and exhibitor booths open at 7:30 a.m. CDT near the machinery shed on the west side of County Line Road; parking is on the east side of the road. The field day program starts at 8:15 a.m.

James Mintert, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist and director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, will start the program with a discussion about the new farm bill and the choices available to farmers this season.

Field tours that begin at 9:20 a.m. will include stops with Purdue Extension specialists Bob Nielsen on corn growth and management, Jim Camberato on avoiding nitrogen losses and late-season rescue treatments, Bill Johnson on controlling weeds and avoiding resistance to herbicides, and Larry Bledsoe on field crop insect pests. Lyndon Kelly, irrigation specialist for Purdue and Michigan State, will be on hand to discuss irrigation management issues. 

The field day will conclude with a sponsored pork chop lunch by Birky Family Farms of Kouts. Participants can visit with exhibitors and talk to neighbors and presenters.

A twilight program is planned again this year for those unable to attend the morning programs. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. CDT, Tony Vyn, a Purdue agronomy specialist, will talk about cropping systems management, including nutrients, tillage and soil health. Phil Sutton and Robert Yoder will discuss field crop insect and weed management issues, respectively.

Those needing recertification credits for their private applicator pesticide licenses can receive a credit at either the field day or twilight program. A $10 fee will be charged for PARP credits. Applicators should bring their license with them. Commercial pesticide applicators can get continuing certification hours, and certified crop advisers can acquire needed continuing education units.

For more information, call Purdue Extension's La Porte County office at 219-324-9407. A field day flier with more details is available at www.extension.purdue.edu/laporte.  More information also is on the Pinney Purdue website.

Those needing auxiliary aids and services because of disabilities should contact the La Porte (219-324-9407) or Porter County (219-465-3555) Extension offices at least three days before the event.           

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

Source: Gene Matzat, 219-324-9407, ematzat@purdue.edu

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