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February 25, 2003

Seminar to address southern Indiana's crop and environmental concerns

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Extension will offer advice to southern Indiana farmers to aid in crop management and deal with environmental concerns during the Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar on March 5.

The seminar will be at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, located east of U.S. 231, southwest of Jasper, Ind. This daylong event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST, and registration is $5 at the door. Complete details can be downloaded from the Web.

"Southern Indiana farmers deal with a diverse variety of crop issues, from forage management to grain crop production to nutrient management to manure storage and application," said Kenneth Eck, conservation program specialist at Purdue. "This workshop helps local producers address those concerns.

"We designed this seminar to provide farmers raising corn, soybeans and forages with the latest information for increasing profits while safeguarding environmental concerns."

Among topics to be covered are nutrient, manure and forage management, as well as soybean and corn production. Presenters include experts from Purdue, the University of Kentucky and the University of Illinois.

Other topics to be discussed include soybean and corn planting practices, forage drought recovery, successful no-till, poultry manure handling, pasture improvement, grain storage, fertilizer placement in conservation tillage, manure management, no-till weed control, nitrogen loss via tile drains, supervising employees applying chemicals, and tips on forage and grass management.

"Farmers have acknowledged a need for better management of forages, whether it's dealing with last year's stressful drought conditions, fertilizing existing pastures and hay fields, or storing, feeding and selling the final product," said Keith Johnson, Extension forage specialist. "Local specialists, experienced with southern Indiana conditions, will be available to help producers manage their forage productions."

Participants also can receive continuing education credits for attending, and private applicator training also will be available for a $10 fee.

Event sponsors include the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil Conservation, Indiana Soybean Board and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, including Dubois, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Warrick and Washington counties.

For more information, contact your local Purdue Cooperative Extension office or call 1-800-EXT-INFO.

Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402, news_students@aes.purdue.edu

Sources: Kenneth Eck, (812) 482-1171, ext. 3, keck@purdue.edu

Keith Johnson, (765) 494-4800, johnsonk@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

Related Web site:
Department of Agronomy news page


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