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August 25, 2003

Trainings give producers new ideas to implement on the farm

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center is offering two hands-on programs Sept. 10-11 that will cover forage crops and corn and soybean management practices.

Both trainings will be at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education in West Lafayette, Ind. Enrollment for the events is limited.

The first training, slated for Sept. 10, is for agribusiness personnel, educators and producers interested in learning more about forages. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and registration begins at 8 a.m.

In the morning, topics to be covered include forage identification, fertilizer formulations for alfalfa and palatability differences among four tall fescue varieties and between two sorghum-sudangrass hybrids. After lunch, producers can choose from two programs. The first covers harmful and beneficial forage insects, identifying and controlling difficult weeds and reducing loss from forage pathogens. The other option includes topics on soil properties, seeder calibration and diagnosing problems in forage fields.

"The training will help improve producers' management skills in relationship to forage crop growth and utilization," said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist. "For example, they will learn about the positive and negative attributes of certain forage types, applying proper amounts of phosphorous and potassium, and the importance of integrated pest management."

The training costs $100 for producers that belong to the following commodity groups: Indiana Forage Council, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, Indiana Sheep Association, Indiana Beef Association and Indiana Horse Council. Registration for non-members is $120. The fee covers lunch, handouts and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Purdue University.

The other Purdue Extension sponsored training will be Sept. 11 and will focus on corn and soybean management. The workshop is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $120 per person, which covers the cost of lunch, handouts and refreshments.

Several topics will be discussed, including soil fertility management, late season diseases in corn and soybean fields, stored grain protection issues, site specific information on soils and a session entitled "Late season reflections on the Indiana corn and soybean crops," said Corey Gerber, director of the Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center.

Both trainings will offer Continuing Education Units for certified crop advisers and Continuing Certification Hours for Indiana commercial pesticide applicators.

To sign up for these trainings or for additional information, please contact Gerber or Carol Summers at 1-888-EXT INFO.

Writer: Jennifer Doup, (765) 494-8406, doupj@purdue.edu

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

Corey Gerber, (765) 496-3755, cgerber@purdue.edu

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


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