Agriculture News

June 23, 2017

Experts to discuss best farming practices, research at 2017 Central Indiana Field Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - During the 2017 Central Indiana Field Day in the Tri-county area of Clinton, Howard and Tipton counties, speakers will talk to attendees about a wide range of topics to improve various aspects of farm production. Discussions range from recent research on weeds, entomology and cover crops to the use of field data in farming and best practices with solar panels.

The event, which is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at McKinney & McKinney Inc. in Kempton, is sponsored by Precision Planting.

Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension, will serve as keynote speaker of the 2017 Central Indiana Field Day. Henderson is a nationally recognized expert about the challenges and opportunities in agriculture. The topics of his research publications include entrepreneurship and the use of electronic commerce in agricultural industries. He has been quoted by major media outlets, including the New York Times, USA Today, CNBC and Fox Business.

Other speakers include:

* Klein Ileleji, Purdue University: Ileleji, associate professor and Purdue Extension engineer in agricultural and biological engineering, will discuss solar panels as a renewable source of energy.

* Jim Love, Beck’s Hybrids: Love, light robotics manager and herbicide specialist, will talk about his insights on how quadcopters (UAV), also known as drones, can be used to improve production.

* Andy Bailey, Precision Agronomics: The regional agronomist will discuss techniques for using field data.

* McKinney & McKinney, Precision Planting: The premier dealer for Precision Planting will provide a tutorial on precision equipment.

* Joe Ikley, Purdue University: Ikley, a research associate at Purdue University, will discuss his research on weeds and cover crop hosts.

* Joe Rorick, Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI): Rorick, conservation agronomist, will talk about his insights on cover crops.

* John Obermeyer, Purdue University: Obermeyer, an integrated pest management specialist for Purdue Extension, will give an update on entomology based on his latest research.

* Bryan Overstreet, Purdue University: The Purdue Extension-Jasper County director will discuss corn and soybean seedling rates in tight margins.

During the Central Indiana Field Day, exhibits by various vendors and resource suppliers also will on display. Lunch will be served.

Participants can earn PARP, CCH and CEU credits by attending the event. Register by visiting the Clinton County Extension website at www.extension.purdue.edu/Clinton by July 12. 

Writer: Shari Finnell, 765-494-2722, sfinnell@purdue.edu

Source: Britt Reese, 765-659-6380, brittreese@purdue.edu

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Shari Finnell, Manager/Media Relations and Public Information, sfinnell@purdue.edu  
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