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August 23, 1996

Purdue ag outlook meetings scheduled across state

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Agricultural economists with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will hold a series of statewide meetings for farmers and others who want to know what to expect for the 1997 crop and livestock markets.

The meetings, which begin Sept. 11, will feature an agricultural economics specialist reporting the results of a two-day intensive outlook meeting among the faculty of the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics. Topics to be covered include prospects for the corn and soybean crops, land values and cash rents, long-term predictions for livestock markets and proposed marketing strategies for producers. Special attention will given to risk management strategies.

The September meetings are scheduled for 36 locations in Indiana, with additional meetings the first week of December for several southern Indiana counties.

The September schedule for the Purdue Agricultural Outlook Meetings is:

County Date Time Location

Adams 9/12 6 p.m. 4-H Fairgrounds

Allen 9/18 7:30 a.m. Richards Restaurant

Bartholomew 9/18 7:30 a.m. Shoney's Restaurant

Benton 9/12 7:30 a.m. 4-H Fairgrounds

Cass 9/17 7:30 a.m. Carousel Restaurant

Clay 9/12 7 a.m. Blue Bonnet Restaurant

Clinton 9/19 7:30 a.m. 4-H Building, Fairgrounds

Decatur 9/18 7 p.m. Decatur County Extension Office

Fayette 9/17 6:30 p.m. Miller Cafeteria

Franklin 9/19 7:30 a.m. Hearthstone Restaurant, Metamora

Fulton 9/17 7:30 a.m. Fulton County Fairgrounds

Grant 9/12 7:30 a.m. Jim Dandy's Restaurant, Marion

Greene 9/11 6:30 p.m. Greene County Extension Office

Hamilton 9/17 7 a.m. Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Hancock 9/12 7 a.m. Hancock County Fairgrounds

Howard 9/12 7:30 a.m. Shrine Club, Kokomo

Huntington 9/18 6:30 p.m. Huntington College

Johnson 9/19 8:30 a.m. Wright Building

Kosciusko 9/17 7 a.m. Shrine Building, Kosciusko Fairgrounds

Lagrange 9/16 7:30 p.m. Prairie Heights Vo Ag Room

Martin 9/19 6 p.m. Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds

Montgomery 9/12 7 a.m. 4-H Building

Newton 9/12 7:30 p.m. South Newton High School Cafeteria

Owen 9/12 7 a.m. Blue Bonnet Restaurant

Porter 9/10 Noon Pinney Purdue Farm

Posey 9/18 5 p.m. 4 mile south of Wadesville

Pulaski 9/16 7:30 a.m. 4-H Fairgrounds, Winamac

Rush 9/19 6:30 p.m. Root Building, Rush County Fairgrounds

Shelby 9/16 7 p.m. Shelby County Fairgrounds

Steuben 9/16 7:30 p.m. Prairie Heights Vo Ag Room

Sullivan 9/13 7 a.m. Sullivan City Park

Warrick 9/19 6:30 a.m. Schnur Farm, west of Warrick

Wayne 9/18 11:30 a.m. MCL Cafeteria, Richmond

Wells 9/13 7:30 a.m. Dutch Mill Restaurant, Bluffton

White 9/13 7:30 a.m. American Legion, Chalmers

Whitley 9/19 7:30 a.m. Whitley County Extension Office

CONTACT: Marshall Martin, (765) 494-4268; home, (317) 463-9359; e-mail,; Web,

This year's wet weather threatens crops in 1999

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- This year's weird weather has focused farmers' attention on the upcoming harvest. That's fine, but they also need to think about how it will affect crops in 1998 and 1999, said Purdue University plant disease specialist Don Scott.

Scott is one of several specialists using information from the Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center near Farmland to make recommendations for regional farmers at the field day there on Tuesday, Aug. 27. He suggested that farmers keep good records of disease problems this year.

"With changes toward reduced tillage, we've got some major problems on the horizon," Scott said. "Certain disease residues survive two to three years, so you can't figure that rotating from beans to corn next year will mean no problems."

In fact, if a bean field goes to corn for the next two years, then back to beans, farmers still could have big disease losses in 1999. Because wet weather forced farmers to plant beans for the second year in a row in some fields this summer, certain disease problems have had a chance build to high levels, Scott said.

"Soybean cyst nematodes, brown stem rot and sclerotinia white mold, for example, may be more of a problem two years from now when farmers go back to soybeans," he said.

Farmers who are losing crops to these diseases now should keep track of their problems and consider planting disease-resistant soybean varieties two or three years down the road, Scott said. Farmers who don't keep track may lose out.

"I often am called in when disease problems are severe and am asked what farmers can do," Scott said. "By that time it's too late -- there's nothing to do. But if they'd planted disease-resistant seeds, they could have avoided problems."

The Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center is one of eight research sites chosen because it typifies the soil and climate of a major Indiana farming region. At Davis, researchers study the disease, weed and insect problems commonly found in eastern Indiana corn and soybean fields.

For more information on the Davis field day, contact your local Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service office or call 1-800-872-1920.

CONTACT: Scott, (765) 494-4627; e-mail,

Swine breeding technology key to efficiency, profit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A panel of pre-eminent Indiana pork producers will discuss the pluses and minuses of modern swine breeding technology at Purdue University Swine Day on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research Center near Montmorenci.

Adoption of artificial insemination technology has increased from 1 percent of pork operations in 1990 to an estimated 25 percent in 1996. Packer demand for lean pork, increased awareness of the importance of swine genetics, and cost benefits have fueled the rise in interest and adoption, said Al Sutton, swine specialist with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Swine Day chairman.

An on-farm semen collection program, a purchased semen program, and a custom boar housing and collection program will be discussed. Kirk Caldwell of Russiaville, Don Hoeing of Rushville and Dave Walter of Huntington will share the successes and difficulties with their programs and explain how specific artificial insemination programs have improved their operations.

The panel will be part of an afternoon program beginning at 12:50 p.m. The morning program begins at 9:15 a.m. and focuses on new diets and genetic differences influencing pork quality. Commercial exhibits will be staffed throughout the event.

Swine Day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 29 with coffee and donuts, and lunch will be available for $6. There is no registration fee, but a Swine Day booklet can be purchased for $3. The booklet will include a detailed summary of the day's events, plus additional studies conducted by Purdue researchers during the past year.

The Animal Sciences Research Center is on Tippecanoe County Road 500 North, one mile north and one mile east of the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 231.

CONTACT: Sutton, (765) 494-8012; e-mail;,; World Wide Web,

Swine Production Technology Team picks up more awards

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue's Swine Production Technology Team has brought home an American Agricultural Economics Association award, the latest in a string of local and national honors.

The team, made up of members of several departments in Purdue's School of Agriculture, was created to help pork producers adapt their operations to compete in the 21st century.

The team has been honored repeatedly, most recently in July by the American Agricultural Economics Association. During the association's annual meeting in San Antonio, the group received the award for the outstanding group Extension program in the country for 1994.

Last spring the team received the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Award for Innovation in the education category. The award is sponsored by NPPC and given by the Midwest Section of the American Society for Animal Sciences. Purdue's School of Agriculture also has recognized the specialists with its annual Purdue Agriculture Team Award.

The members of the team are Michael Boehlje, Chris Hurt, Ken Foster, and research assistants Jeff Hale and Michael Boland, all of Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics; Tip Cline, Allan Schinckel and Wayne Singleton, Department of Animal Sciences; Don Jones, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Steve Nichols, Carroll County Extension office; Laura Hoelscher, Sharon Katz, Chris Sigurdson and Mike Kerper, Department of Agricultural Communication; and Kirk Clark, School of Veterinary Medicine.

CONTACTS: Wally Tyner, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, (765) 494-4205; home, (317) 497-3575; e-mail,; Wayne Singleton, (765) 494-4839; home, (317) 463-2210; e-mail,


Compiled by Chris Sigurdson, (765) 494-8415; home (317) 497-2433; e-mail,