SW Purdue ag center field day includes health fair, kids' activities

June 10, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A health fair, children's activities and educational sessions on a wide range of agricultural topics will highlight the Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center Field Day, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The center is at 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes.

"This will be a fun and educational day packed full of learning and observing the research production techniques being conducted at the center," said Dennis Nowaskie, SWPAC superintendent.

The event will start with a health fair, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital, from 7:30-9 a.m. There will be blood pressure tests, grip strength testing and pulse monitoring.

At the Kids Zone, children age 5 and older can experience a rock climb slide, plant station, coloring and other activities throughout the day.

Educational presentations include "Maximize the Return on Your Seed Corn Investment," with Bob Nielsen, Extension corn specialist; "Disease Update 2015," with Kiersten Wise, associate professor of botany and plant pathology; and "Grape Production Opportunities for Southern Indiana," with Bruce Bordelon, professor of viticulture.

Other topics and presenters:

* "Best Management Practices for Managing Striped Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt on Muskmelons." Rick Foster, Extension entomologist.

* "Production of Healthy Vegetables in High Tunnels." Dan Egel, Extension plant pathologist.

* "Canola Production in the Lower Midwest." Chuck Mansfield, Extension agronomist.

* "The Potential of Hybrid Cottonwood as a Bioenergy Crop." Rick Meilan, molecular tree physiologist.

* "Soybean Production." Shaun Casteel, assistant professor of agronomy.

* "Benefits of Starter Fertilizer." Jim Camberato, associate professor of agronomy.

There will also be tours of the center, a luncheon and an optional Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program class. Participants applying for PARP credit should bring identification and a $10 registration fee.

The field day is free and open to the public, but registration is required by July 1. For more information, contact Barb Joyner at 812-886-0198 or joynerb@purdue.edu. Online registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/2015SWPAC.

Writer: Aspen Deno, 765-496-2384, denoa@purdue.edu

Source: Dennis Nowaskie, 812-886-9661, nowaskie@purdue.edu

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Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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